Microplastics – Removal from Water by Microcleaners

According to an October 8, 2020 Cornell University announcement “… Engineers from Cornell University and North Carolina State University have proposed a creative solution [for removal of microplastics from waterways]: an army of swimming, self-propelled biomaterials called ‘microcleaners’ that scavenge and capture plastics so they can be decomposed by computationally-engineered microorganisms … Cornell’s focus will be a class of oil droplets engineered to self-propel in water, collect microplastic particles and float to the surface, where they can be collected … The research team will develop new … peptides – chains of amino acids – designed to recognize and bond to the surfaces of microplastics. The peptides will be engineered at North Carolina State … The researchers also hope to advance the science of active microcleaner design and develop microbes for sustainable processing of plastics, other aspects of the project with potential for a variety of environmental and industrial applications …” – The web link to the Cornell announcement is included in the post on the homepage of Plastic Food Packaging Waste News at https://pfpw.news/pfpw-news-archives/ #Microplastics #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticWaste