Green Chemistry @ MUN


#mygreenchem What’s Your Green Chemistry?
September 10, 2014, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Chemistry Professors, Science, St. John's

Our research group is busy trying to make fish and seafood waste into something else – hopefully one day we will turn it into something more valuable. Nowadays, when we have finished eating a shrimp or crab dish – the shells go into the trash and off to a landfill site. With space in landfills becoming less readily available, we can try to turn our waste into something else. In our case, this something else is a new chemical building block that we could turn into a new disease-fighting drug or into a new plastic. Chemicals are all around us in daily life (including the parts of this computer that I am using to write this blog post). To me it seems obvious to take one problem, waste, and to use it to solve another problem, making the objects we need and use everyday. In this way, we can all live a little bit more sustainably and take better care of our planet.

 

Dr. Kerton enjoying Singapore's famous chili crab earlier this year - where did those shells go? probably to landfill

Dr. Kerton enjoying Singapore’s famous chili crab earlier this year – where did those shells go? probably to landfill

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