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What if, instead of persisting for eons, plastics could degrade away as easily as fallen leaves? Or, what if plastic could be recycled without losing the properties that make it so useful? In recognition of Earth Day, we’re presenting two researchers who are attempting to make these what-ifs a reality. Dr. Aaron Hall will explain how plastic-degrading enzymes may help break up plastic in soil as easily as food scraps. Berkeley Lab scientist Dr. Jeremy Demarteau is taking a different approach to the same monstrous problem. He and his colleagues are developing a new class of plastics which are infinitely recyclable. Both approaches could reshape the future of plastics.

Speakers

Dr. Aaron Hall

Dr. Aaron Hall

Founder & CEO, Intropic Materials;
Entrepreneurial Research Fellow, Activate Cyclotron Road, Berkeley Lab; Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley

Dr. Jeremy Demarteau

Dr. Jeremy Demarteau

Sustainable Polymer Project Scientist,
Molecular Foundry Division,
Berkeley Lab