I would like to thank the Environmental Science and Policy Program for supporting my attendance to the Plastics Technology Conference ANTEC® 2017 in Anaheim, California from May 8th to 10th, 2017. At the conference, I presented my poster titled “Bioaugmentation with Geobacillus accelerates the biodegradation rate of poly(lactic acid) films under simulated compost conditions” which showed part of my Ph.D. research focusing on the biodegradation mechanisms and end-of-life scenarios of poly(lactic acid).
ANTEC® 2017 highlighted interdisciplinary efforts in the research, development, and commercialization of plastic materials from academic, industrial, and governmental representatives. At the conference, I had the opportunity to attend the biodegradable polymers and blends session as well as the Plasticity forum in which an interdisciplinary group of experts shared their experiences regarding plastic sustainability and inclusion in the circular economy. The experts discussed the current opportunities and challenges related to recycling, resource recovery, waste reduction, and environmental footprint of plastics.
Attending to this conference allowed me to share the work that has been done in Michigan State University within a community of experts in the field, which comments and feedback are relevant for my current and future research. Additionally, the conference helped me to expand the professional network for my future academic career.
Edgar Castro-Aguirre is a doctoral student in the Department of Packaging and Environmental Science and Policy Program.
Edgar Castro at the Plastics Technology Conference in Anaheim, CA.