Biopolymers for wound therapy deliver stem cells to improve healing (Phys.org)

NUS researchers have discovered a method to fabricate a biologic interpenetrating network (IPN) hydrogel using applied rheology. Hydrogels are three-dimensional networks of crosslinked polymers. However, current hydrogel wound dressings are made up of synthetic polymers that are biologically inert and do not drive hosts' biology toward wound healing. Such treatment modality is particularly paradoxical for severe wounds where exogeneous…

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Crab shells could help pave the way for sustainable electronics (Earth.com)

As the consumer electronics industry continues to grow, there is also a growing demand for the raw materials and metals used to make electronic components. Scientists at Osaka University have discovered a sustainable alternative to these finite resources in an unexpected place – crab shells.  The researchers have developed a nanocarbon material for electronics applications made from…

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The Plastic Waste Problem of our Linear Economy

Everyday, we read the news about climate change and how it threatens our environment. Climate change has different reasons, but is majorly caused by the way we produce and consume things: For example, manufacturing of materials and products take up more than 50% of the world’s global energy supply, and is responsible for 20% of…

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Cyanobacteria Could Revolutionize the Plastic Industry (SciTechDaily)

Microbiologists at the University of Tübingen modify bacteria to produce climate-neutral and rapidly degradable bioplastics. Cyanobacteria produce plastic naturally as a by-product of photosynthesis — and they do it in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Researchers at the University of Tübingen have now succeeded for the first time in modifying the bacteria’s metabolism to…

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Tuneable bioplastic may revolutionise industry (dpaonthenet)

Plastics pose a problem for the planet. Whether it’s due to the fossil fuels used to produce them or the harmful chemicals released during their slow degradation process. Despite these issues, plastic has become so intertwined with our daily lives that giving it up presents a complex challenge. Here Dr Ashlee Jahnke, Head of Research and…

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Local resource recovery drives bioplastics standards globally (Lexology)

The push to overhaul the use of conventional plastics with bio-based and/or biodegradable alternatives is supported by many multi-national companies, particularly in the various consumer goods industries. Therefore, international standardization of the bioplastic packaging or (single use) product content is seemingly foreseeable, if not inevitable. However, recent legal initiatives looking into this previously unregulated sector…

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