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Environment and Sustainability


Outstanding Research Publication Award Highlights Utility of Real-Time Data for Responding to Disasters Award Honors Postdoctoral Research in Science and Engineering

May 19, 2022 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

This year’s submissions for the 3rd annual Chapman University Grand Challenges Initiative Outstanding Research Publication Award included fascinating results that added to the world’s scientific knowledge in a diverse array of subjects such as the assessment of hazard scales, leaderless mRNAs, and animal cell-size scaling. The articles submitted serve as a testament to Chapman University’s

Photodegradation of Oceanic Plastics Devyn Pon, Benji Persons, Anthony Saadeh

May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

Less carbon dioxide absorption, reduction of phytoplankton population, organismal absorption and ingestion of microplastics, human health concerns: all directly tied to oceanic microplastics. The most common types of commonly used plastics are polystyrene, polypropylene and polyethylene. High concentrations of these types of plastics were tested individually in oceanic conditions and under an ultraviolet light for

Reducing Plastic Waste Catherine McKay, Leeor Oshri, Brian Byrd, Nathan Le, and Rex Kwon

May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

Our grand challenge to solve was the problem of reducing plastic waste. Through thorough research, we have decided to focus our solution on the fungus, Aspergillus tubingensis, and its decomposing properties. This fungus has been found to break down the molecular bonds in plastic materials, speeding up/aiding in the decomposition process. We have used the

Marine Gut Impaction & Alternative Plastic Noelle Clark, Sebastian Myhr, Ishan Sharma, Zoë von Allmen

May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

The growing number of plastic bags being introduced to ocean systems is causing marine animals to accidentally consume harmful plastics, eventually leading to gut impaction and death. Regular plastic bags do not degrade and rely on individuals to recycle them to prevent permanent pollution. Current biodegradable plastic bags require industrial composting and are not digestible

Integration of Spent Coffee Grounds with 3D Printing Resin Ryley Jue, Viola Kalinin, Jocelyn Valdivia, Michelle Zhang

May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

Climate change and the overconsumption of plastics are threats to the environment and future generations. Every year, roughly 250,000 tons of wet waste coffee grounds are thrown into landfills, where they decompose and release harmful methane into the atmosphere–further amplifying the effects of climate change. With the 3D printing industry growing so rapidly, our solution

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