Scientists Look to Mollusks for Inspiration in Solving the Plastic Problem

Drastically reducing and even eliminating our reliance on plastics is a challenge that humankind must face. Plastics offer convenience at the cost of environmental consequences. Luckily, bioinspired research is being conducted with the intention of revealing all-natural plastic replacements. The material is derived from cellulose nanofiber and mica, but its assembly is what makes it unique. Inspired by nacre, a composite material produced by some mollusks, researchers found an approach that made all-natural materials even stronger than plastics. Read more in the link below:

 

BioBuild Director Inducted as Honorary Member of Iota Delta Rho Honor Society

BioBuild Program Director Dr. Annie Pearce was recently chosen as one of three honorary faculty members of the Iota Delta Rho (IDR) Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society. VA Tech Graduate students established IDR in 2011, with the intention of promoting and recognizing the importance of interdisciplinary research. Congratulations Dr. Pearce! You can read more about this honor society in the link below:

BioBuild Candidate Receives Award

Congratulations to BioBuild Fellow and PhD Candidate Zachary Gould for his exceptional 2020 school year. Most recently, during VA Tech's Graduate Education Week, Zach was named one of the most outstanding doctoral students, representing the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP). Zach and his wife Erin are in the picture above. Erin is also a PhD student at VA Tech and a BioBuild Fellow in the IGEP Program.