Silk Offers an Alternative to Microplastics

Join MIT professors Marelli and Liu as they use silk to replace some of the microplastics in agriculture and cosmetic industries.

Microplastics, tiny particles of plastic that are now found worldwide in the air, water, and soil, are increasingly recognized as a serious pollution threat, and have been found in the bloodstream of animals and people around the world.

Some of these microplastics are intentionally added to a variety of products, including agricultural chemicals, paints, cosmetics, and detergents — amounting to an estimated 50,000 tons a year in the European Union alone, according to the European Chemicals Agency. The EU has already declared that these added, non-biodegradable microplastics must be eliminated by 2025, so the search is on for suitable replacements, which do not currently exist.

Professors Benedetto Marelli and Muchun Liu present their ground-breaking work on the development of a system based on silk that could provide an inexpensive and easily manufactured substitute.

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Oct 6, 2022
01:00 PM
- 02:00 PM
MIT Museum: The Heide Education Suite
MIT Museum, Gambrill Center, 314 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142
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