LANL Pollution Solutions: Taraka Dale Explains How Lab Technologies Could Solve Global Plastic Problems

Bottle Consortium. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Earth Week is April 16-22, and New Mexicans are coming out of their collective COVID-19 cocoons to find they’ve wracked up even more plastic waste in the form of old take-out containers and used PPE.

Now what?

Los Alamos biochemist Taraka Dale is offering a free, public talk, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, April 19, via Webex on how Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Smart Microbial Cell Technology could not only accelerate the breakdown of existing plastics but also engineer bio-friendly ones in the future.

Dale is the Lab’s team lead for the new BOTTLE Consortium, an alliance of scientific organizations developing Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment, (aka BOTTLE).

Los Alamos biochemist Taraka Dale

Register here.

Science on Tap is an opportunity to engage with Lab scientists on their current projects. A brief presentation is followed by questions, answers and discussion. The fun takes place 5:30-7 p.m. virtually on the third Monday of each month — and eventually at local watering holes in Los Alamos and White Rock.

The free lecture series is a joint project between the Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District, a program of the private not-for-profit Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.

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