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Production of Natural Plastics in Wastewater Treatment

EPA Grant Number: SU834018
Title: Production of Natural Plastics in Wastewater Treatment
Investigators: Matsumura, Kristen , Bissell, John , Cheng, Mary , Loge, Frank , Pan, Jimmy , Smith, Ryan , Srinivasaragavan, Anamica
Current Investigators: Loge, Frank , Bissell, John , Niedzwiedz, Philip , Smith, Ryan
Institution: University of California - Davis
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: August 15, 2008 through August 14, 2010
Project Amount: $75,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet - Phase 2 (2008)
Research Category: Nanotechnology , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Materials & Chemistry



Commercialize a technology to produce biodegradable plastics concurrent with wastewater treatment.


Operate a pilot-scale unit process at an existing wastewater treatment plant. Develop design and operational criteria for a full-scale system; patent appropriate aspects of the technology; sell the technology to an existing business or develop a business plan.

Expected Results:

Incorporation of plastic production into many municipal and industrial wastewater treatment systems worldwide.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 1 publications for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

Polyhydroxyalkonates (PHA), sludge, biosolids, up-cycling, organic waste,

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Phase 1 Abstract
Phase 1 Final Report

Progress and Final Reports:
Final Report

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