Targeting enzymes for the degradation of plastics
BBSRC White Rose DTP
Dr G.R. Hemsworth, Dr D Tomlinson
7 January 2019
The release of plastics into the environment is having well-documented, harmful effects on much of the Earth’s wildlife. Plastics can be recycled but their conversion back into monomers is a significant challenge with many currently recycled plastics having properties inferior to the starting material.
The impacts of marine plastics on Galapagos seabirds
Dr M Hudson, Dr C Valle, Prof A Naveira-Garabato
4 January 2019
Programme website. http://inspire-dtp.ac.uk. Project Rationale. Plastic pollution is of growing concern worldwide due to poor waste management and high consumer demand for single-use plastics (Moore, 2008).
Modelling microplastic dispersal, settling and distribution in estuarine environments
Dr R Dorrell, Dr C Hackney, Prof D Parsons
23 January 2019
Since the onset of mass production of plastics in the 1950’s the flux of plastics to the marine environment has been a growing problem (Cole at al., 2011), such that microplastic contamination of the oceans is now one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns (Hurley et al., 2018).
Micro- and nanoplastics: the fate and the impact on marine life
Dr S Yang, Dr W Norton
21 January 2019
By 2015, humans had generated 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics, 6.3 billion tons of which had already become waste. Of that waste total, only 9 percent was recycled, 12 percent was incinerated and 79 percent accumulated in landfills or the natural environment.