ISTC analytical chemist John Scott is featured in this story from Great Lakes Now about how microplastics increase the risk of PFAS contamination in the food web.
ISTC’s Shantanu Pai is featured in this story from WNIJ about how towns in rural Illinois are struggling to offer recycling services to their residents.
Fox 55/27 News interviewed ISTC senior chemist John Scott in this story about PFAS found on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul.
ISTC’s Jennifer Martin is quoted in this Recycling Today article about the current solar panel recycling landscape.
Read the full story from NPR. ISTC researchers are analyzing the samples for this project.
Missouri waters are polluted with microplastics, small pieces of plastic smaller than a pencil eraser.
Microplastics can come from large pieces of plastic that degrade into smaller pieces and consumer products, like toothpaste and cosmetics, that contain microbeads. While research has shown that plastic pollution can threaten aquatic life, scientists are still trying to understand how microplastics could affect human health.
Understanding the impact of microplastics starts by knowing how much is in local waters, said Rachel Bartels, co-founder of the nonprofit Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper.
On July 16, farmers and researchers came together at Fulton County Field Day. The event allowed researchers to showcase peer-reviewed applied science and demonstrate to working farmers that these conservation practices work. Individual farmers could then take aspects of what they learned and apply it in on their land.
ISTC researcher Wei Zheng demonstrated the system he has developed for using biochar to recycle nutrients from tile drainage systems. The project is funded through a grant from the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC).
The event was hosted by the Illinois Farm Bureau, Fulton County Farm Bureau, Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Prairie Research Institute and University of Illinois Extension. Read more about the event in FarmWeek.
This article in E-Scrap News summarizes Closed Loop Partners market-landscape report, which was released last month. The report included work by ISTC researchers B.K. Sharma and Sriraam Chandrasekaran. The article specifically mentions ISTC’s work on solvent and pyrolysis systems that target e-plastics for chemical recycling feedstock.
Read more about Sharma’s and Chandrasekaran’s work on e-plastics recycling in this article from the University of Illinois News Bureau and on ISTC’s web site.
In this article from Q Magazine by Laura Schultz, ISTC’s Joy Scrogum helps to answer the question, “what happens to the waste that used to get shipped to China for recycling?”