Scientists Discover Plastic-Munching Microbe in Waste Site

  • John McGeehan

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Continuing coverage of the 2018 research by John McGeehan who created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles, which are made of PET

Period27 Mar 2020 → 6 Jul 2021

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Media coverage

  • TitleWhat to do with the plastic that floods the planet? Science has an answer
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEl Financiero
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryMexico
    Date6/07/21
    DescriptionJohn McGeehan is quoted on why using enzymes in recycling is a potentially greener, less energy-demanding approach that can also hit plastics mixed with waste
    URLhttps://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/ciencia/2021/07/06/que-hacer-con-el-plastico-que-inunda-el-planeta-la-ciencia-tiene-una-respuesta/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleCould Plastic-Eating Microbes Take a Bite Out of the Recycling Problem?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletScrap Monster
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryCanada
    Date6/07/21
    DescriptionSome scientists have already found bacteria that wield enzymes able to break down a common plastic used to make water bottles and clothing.
    URLhttps://www.scrapmonster.com/news/could-plasticeating-microbes-take-a-bite-out-of-the-recycling-problem/1/80029
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleBBC Radio Berkshire
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletBBC Radio Berkshire
    Media typeRadio
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date16/06/21
    DescriptionDiscussion of John McGeehan's work developing a plastic eating enzyme
    Producer/AuthorBBC
    URLtiny.cc/96b2uz
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitlePlastic converted to vanilla flavor. The scientists' discovery will help with recycling
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletOnet
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryPoland
    Date16/06/21
    DescriptionScientists from Portsmouth managed to create a super enzyme that could revolutionize the breakdown of plastics . Scientists compare their invention to "two Pac-Man connected with a string", the combined enzymes (PETase and MHETase) are expected to break down plastic up to six times faster than PETase acting alone. Bacteria can be another helper in the fight against waste recycling.
    URLhttps://www.onet.pl/styl-zycia/noizz/plastik-przerobiony-na-aromat-wanilii-odkrycie-naukowcow-pomoze-w-recyklingu/tw4cr0b,3796b4dc
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleNew Hope for Recycling Plastic
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletReaders Digest
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryIndia
    Date7/04/21
    DescriptionEight billion tonnes of plastic have polluted the world’s land and oceans since the 1950s. But scientists are finally developing new ways of halting the damage. A team at the University of Portsmouth in the UK is working with a ‘super-enzyme’ derived from bacteria that can digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the material used in plastic bottles, opening up the possibility of fully recycling the plastic.
    Producer/AuthorIshani Nandi and James Hadley
    URLhttps://www.readersdigest.in/true-stories/story-good-news-a-rice-atm-for-needy-folk-new-hope-for-recycling-plastic-and-little-homes-for-indias-strays-127147?utm_source=rss
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleThe "Super Enzyme" That Eats Plastic
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSurfer Rule
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritorySpain
    Date18/01/21
    DescriptionScientists developed a "super enzyme" that is capable of devouring plastic waste six times faster. This cocktail is a hope in the face of the immense problem of plastics and microplastics invading every corner of our natural ecosystems, especially our oceans
    URLhttps://www.surferrule.com/super-enzima-que-come-plastico/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleThey develop a 'cocktail' of enzymes capable of devouring PET quickly
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletTresPm.mx
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryMexico
    Date8/01/21
    DescriptionA project is underway by the same scientists who redesigned the PETase enzyme, which feeds on plastic, and have now created a super enzyme capable of digesting plastic up to six times faster.
    URLhttps://www.trespm.mx/eco/medio-ambiente/desarrollan-un-coctel-de-enzimas-capaz-de-devorar-el-pet-con-rapidez
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleNew superenzyme consumes plastic bottles six times faster
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletAndaia Fm
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryBrazil
    Date1/12/20
    DescriptionA superenzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster was created by scientists and can be used for complete recycling in up to a year or two.
    URLhttps://www.anda.jor.br/2020/11/19/nova-superenzima-consome-garrafas-de-plastico-seis-vezes-mais-rapido/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • Title Pollution clogging up the oceans? Plastic-eating enzymes to the rescue
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletCalcalisTech
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryIsrael
    Date7/11/20
    Description“We still have time to save the world,” says John McGeehan who discovered a super-enzyme capable of breaking down plastic waste at garbage dumps
    Producer/AuthorRoni Dori
    URLhttps://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3869090,00.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists have synthesized a new "super enzyme" capable of degrading plastic 6 times
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletTin247
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryVietnam
    Date6/11/20
    DescriptionThis super enzyme breaks down plastics six times faster than previously discovered enzymes, and is expected to be used in the plastic recycling industry in the next year or two.
    URLhttps://www.tin247.com/cac-nha-khoa-hoc-da-tong-hop-duoc-mot-loai-sieu-enzym-moi-co-kha-nang-phan-huy-nhua-gap-6-lan-4-27856723.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists have synthesized a new type of 'super enzyme' that can break down plastic 6 times more
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSoha
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryVietnam
    Date6/11/20
    Descriptionscientists have synthesized a new "super enzyme" and is expected to solve the problem of plastic waste. This super enzyme breaks down plastic plastics 6 times faster than previously discovered enzymes, and is expected to be used in the plastic recycling industry in the next year or two.
    Producer/AuthorDuc Khuong
    URLhttps://soha.vn/cac-nha-khoa-hoc-da-tong-hop-duoc-mot-loai-sieu-enzym-moi-co-kha-nang-phan-huy-nhua-gap-6-lan-20201106205010162.htm
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleNanoparticles Imitate Nature to Tackle Plastic Pollutants
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletAZoNano
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Date5/11/20
    DescriptionNew research suggests a revolutionary new way to tackle the planet’s growing plastic problem. A new nanoparticle catalyst that mimics natural processes could ‘down-cycle’ plastics for re-use.
    Producer/AuthorRobert Lea
    URLhttps://www.azonano.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=5587
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleNew superenzyme consumes plastic bottles six times faster
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletANDA.jor.br
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryBrazil
    Date19/10/20
    DescriptionA superenzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster was created by scientists and can be used for complete recycling in up to a year or two
    Producer/AuthorChristian Limberger
    URLhttps://www.anda.jor.br/2020/10/19/nova-superenzima-consome-garrafas-de-plastico-seis-vezes-mais-rapido/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists are inventing superenzymes that break down plastics
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletDagbladet Ringkøbing-Skjern
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryDenmark
    Date19/10/20
    DescriptionBy combining two different enzymes from bacteria, researchers have found a way to turn old plastic into new plastic. It can be an important part of the solution to the climate and plastic crisis.
    Producer/AuthorThomas Gringer Jakobsen
    URLhttps://dbrs.dk/artikel/forskere-opfinder-superenzym-der-nedbryder-plastik
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleNew enzyme ‘cocktail’ can break plastic down within hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletYahoo!
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryCanada
    Date17/10/20
    DescriptionA group of University of Portsmouth researchers, who previously re-engineered a plastic-eating enzyme, PETase, have now merged PETase with the newly discovered MHETase, in order to speed up the breakdown process
    Producer/AuthorNathan Howes
    URLhttps://ca.news.yahoo.com/enzyme-cocktail-break-plastic-down-170100142.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleProspects of treating plastic waste with new enzymes
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletTin247.com
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryVietnam
    Date13/10/20
    DescriptionScientists have redesigned a plastic-eating enzyme called PETase to create an enzyme cocktail that processes plastic six times faster than normal.
    URLhttps://www.tin247.com/trien-vong-xu-ly-rac-thai-nhua-bang-loai-enzyme-moi-12-27731832.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists recreate a “super-enzyme” capable of degrading plastic 6 times faster
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletRazões para Acreditar
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryBrazil
    Date12/10/20
    DescriptionScientists have recreated an enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles quickly. The super enzyme is able to “break” the plastic at room temperature
    Producer/Author Monique De Carvalho
    URLhttps://razoesparaacreditar.com/cientistas-super-enzima-garrafa-pet/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • Title'Super-enzyme' speeds up breakdown of plastic, researchers say
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletStar Tribune
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionA new cocktail of enzymes that speeds up the degradation of plastic offers a step forward in finding a new form of recycling that is faster, more affordable and works on a larger scale than current methods
    Producer/AuthorIsabella Kwai
    URLhttps://www.startribune.com/super-enzyme-speeds-up-breakdown-of-plastic-researchers-say/572684272/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleShare Radio Coverage
    Media name/outletShare Radio
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionRadio coverage of John McGeehan's research and engineering a new enzyme cocktail which breaks down PET plastic faster than his 2018 discovery of the single enzyme, PETase
    URLtiny.cc/h2czsz
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitlePlastics news: No more single-use plastics, “super enzymes” and more
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletCanadian Geographic Online
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryCanada
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionAn international team of scientists have developed a “super enzyme” which would break plastics down into their original “building blocks” to be recycled again and again.
    Producer/AuthorAngelica Haggert
    URLhttps://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/plastics-news-no-more-single-use-plastics-super-enzymes-and-more
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleNew super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletImpact Lab
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionA super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has been created by scientists and could be used for recycling within a year or two
    URLwww.impactlab.net/2020/10/08/new-super-enzyme-eats-plastic-bottles-six-times-faster/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists create 'super enzyme' that eats plastic bottles six times faster
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSigns of the Times
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date29/09/20
    DescriptionScientists have created a new "super enzyme" that can break down plastic up to six times faster than their previous enzyme.
    Producer/AuthorJack Guy
    URLhttps://www.sott.net/article/442547-Scientists-create-super-enzyme-that-eats-plastic-bottles-six-times-faster
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleUniversity of Portsmouth Gets Fund for Plastics Recycling Research
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSpecialChem
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryFrance
    Date18/08/20
    DescriptionCoverage of the 2018 study led by Professor John McGeehan which found an enzyme which digest PET plastics.
    URLhttps://polymer-additives.specialchem.com/news/industry-news/university-gets-fund-for-plastics-recycling-research-000222414
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleBPF to host webinar on chemical recycling
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletMedical Plastic News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date15/06/20
    DescriptionCoverage promoting John McGeehan's presentation at a seminar on his research into plastic eating enzymes
    URLhttps://www.medicalplasticsnews.com/news/bpf-to-host-webinar-on-chemical-recycling/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleMicrobial Degradation of Plastic Waste and the PETase Enzyme
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletAZO Materials
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Date19/05/20
    DescriptionCoverage of new research on plastic-eating enzymes, which include quotes from John McGeehan
    Producer/AuthorPriyom Bose
    URLhttps://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=19280
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleNew species of bacteria can digest plastic in a few hours
    Media name/outletDaily News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryThailand
    Date22/04/20
    DescriptionCoverage of research on plastic-eating enzymes, which include quotes from John McGeehan.
    URLhttps://www.dailynews.co.th/article/770194
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in just hours
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletindy100
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date17/04/20
    DescriptionContinuing coverage of new research on plastic-eating enzymes, which include quotes from Professor John McGeehan
    Producer/AuthorSanjana Varghese
    URLhttps://www.indy100.com/article/mutant-enzyme-recycle-plastic-bottles-environment-9471166
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleThis mutant enzyme recycles plastic in hours
    Media name/outletWake Up To The Truth
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date15/04/20
    DescriptionCoverage of new research on plastic-eating enzymes, which include quotes from John McGeehan
    Producer/AuthorMichael d’Estries
    URLhttps://jonsnewplace.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/this-mutant-enzyme-recycles-plastic-in-hours/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleNew enzyme recovers pet plastic in a few hours
    Media name/outletETC.se
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritorySweden
    Date15/04/20
    DescriptionArticle on a newly discovered bacterial enzyme that can break down pet bottles in a few hours, featuring research by John McGeehan
    URLhttps://www.etc.se/klimat/nytt-enzym-atervinner-pet-plast-pa-nagra-timmar
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitlePET recycling: modified enzyme breaks down plastic bottles in record time
    Media name/outletKlamm.de
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryGermany
    Date14/04/20
    DescriptionContinuing coverage of new research on plastic-eating enzymes, which include quotes from John McGeehan
    URLhttps://www.klamm.de/news/pet-recycling-modifiziertes-enzym-zersetzt-plastikflaschen-in-rekordzeit-45N1181014.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleMutant Enzyme Can Break Down Plastic In A Matter Of Hours
    Media name/outletThe Die Line
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date13/04/20
    DescriptionArticle on plastic-eating enzymes, which include quotes from John McGeehan on his research
    Producer/AuthorBill McCool
    URLhttps://thedieline.com/blog/2020/4/11/mutant-enzyme-can-break-down-plastic-in-a-matter-of-hours
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleMutant Enzyme Can Break Down Plastic In A Matter Of Hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Dieline
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date13/04/20
    DescriptionContinuing coverage of new research on plastic-eating enzymes, which include quotes from John McGeehan
    Producer/AuthorBill McCool
    URLhttps://thedieline.com/blog/2020/4/11/mutant-enzyme-can-break-down-plastic-in-a-matter-of-hours?
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists create the mutant enzyme that "eats" nearly a ton of plastic bottles in just a few hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThoi Bao
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryVietnam
    Date13/04/20
    DescriptionScientists have successfully created a special mutant enzyme capable of degrading plastic
    URLhttps://thoibaotoday.info/paper/cac-nha-khoa-hoc-tao-ra-loai-enzyme-dot-bien-an-gan-xong-1-tan-chai-nhua-chi-sau-vai-gio-4563168
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists create enzymes capable of recycling plastic bottles in a matter of hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletMSN Spain
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritorySpain
    Date13/04/20
    DescriptionScientists have recently discovered an enzyme capable of breaking down plastic bottles in a few hours. Their goal is to find a new, efficient way to recycle this material that is a worldwide problem
    URLhttps://www.msn.com/es-es/salud/nutricion/cient%C3%ADficos-crean-enzimas-capaces-de-reciclar-botellas-de-pl%C3%A1stico-en-cuesti%C3%B3n-de-horas/ar-BB12yX1Z?li=BBS36iA&srcref=rss
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleNew technology in recycling
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletMili Gazete
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryTurkey
    Date13/04/20
    DescriptionResearchers have reported that they have designed an enzyme that can recycle 90% of the same plastic in an intact form. The researchers want to grow the technology next year and continue to work to open a facility
    URLhttps://www.milligazete.com.tr/haber/4154702/geri-donusumde-yeni-teknoloji
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists create the mutant enzyme that 'eats' almost a ton of plastic bottles in just a few hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNetNews.vn
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryVietnam
    Date13/04/20
    DescriptionThe new breakthrough was commended by many leading experts. It is expected that the technology will soon join the plastic bottle production line in the next few years
    URLnetnews.vn/Cac-nha-khoa-hoc-tao-ra-loai-enzyme-dot-bien-an-gan-xong-1-tan-chai-nhua-chi-sau-vai-gio-the-gioi-1488-1800-2273797.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleAn enzyme allows the decomposition rate of plastic to reach 90% within 10 hours and is also very cheap
    Media name/outletChinaGuideChem.com
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryChina
    Date12/04/20
    DescriptionCoverage of new research on plastic-eating enzymes, which include quotes from John McGeehan
    Producer/AuthorEvelyn Zhang
    URLhttps://t.qianzhan.com/caijing/detail/200410-92c3e7eb.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleAn enzyme makes the plastic decomposition rate reach 90% within 10 hours and it is also very cheap
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletChinaGuideChem.com
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryChina
    Date12/04/20
    DescriptionResearchers have designed an enzyme that can effectively decompose one of the most common forms of plastic-polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
    Producer/AuthorEvelyn Zhang
    URLhttps://t.qianzhan.com/caijing/detail/200410-92c3e7eb.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleMutant enzyme could break down plastic bottles for recycling in hours, scientists say
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSootoday.com
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryCanada
    Date12/04/20
    DescriptionScientists say they’ve “engineered” a mutant bacterial enzyme that can easily break down plastic bottles for recycling in a matter of hours
    URLhttps://www.sootoday.com/global-news/mutant-enzyme-could-break-down-plastic-bottles-for-recycling-in-hours-scientists-say-2248268
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in a few hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEspaço Ecologico No Ar
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryBrazil
    Date12/04/20
    DescriptionA mutant bacterial enzyme capable of breaking plastic bottles for recycling in a few hours was created by scientists
    URLhttps://espacoecologiconoar.com.br/cientistas-criam-enzima-mutante-que-recicla-garrafas-de-plastico-em-algumas-horas/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists discover a new enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletHero Magazine
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date12/04/20
    DescriptionOriginally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, the newly created enzyme is generating international attention not least because it doesn’t deteriorate the quality of the plastic it recycles
    Producer/AuthorFinn Blythe
    URLhttps://hero-magazine.com/article/170175/new-enzyme-breaks-down-plastic-bottles/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleThanks To This Mutant Enzyme, We Might Be Able To Recycle Plastic At A Much Greater Efficiency
    Media name/outletNeatorama
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date10/04/20
    DescriptionArticle on research which has engineered an enzyme that can convert 90% of plastic back to its pristine starting materials, featuring quites from John McGeehan
    URLhttps://www.neatorama.com/2020/04/10/Thanks-To-This-Mutant-Enzyme-We-Might-Be-Able-To-Recycle-Plastic-At-A-Much-Greater-Efficiency/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleRecycle plastic bottles in a few hours thanks to mutant enzymes
    Media name/outletvietgiaitri.com
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryVietnam
    Date10/04/20
    DescriptionArticle on a mutant enzyme can break down plastic bottles in a short time to recycle into a new high quality plastic. Includes quotes from John McGeehan whose research this is based on
    URLhttps://vietgiaitri.com/tai-che-chai-nhua-trong-vai-gio-nho-enzyme-dot-bien-20200410i4834614/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleThanks To This Mutant Enzyme, We Might Be Able To Recycle Plastic At A Much Greater Efficiency
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNeatorama
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date10/04/20
    DescriptionResearchers report they’ve engineered an enzyme that can convert 90% of that same plastic back to its pristine starting materials. Work is underway to scale up the technology and open a demonstration plant next year
    URLhttps://www.neatorama.com/2020/04/10/Thanks-To-This-Mutant-Enzyme-We-Might-Be-Able-To-Recycle-Plastic-At-A-Much-Greater-Efficiency/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleRecycle plastic bottles in hours thanks to the mutant enzyme
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outlettri-mag.de
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryGermany
    Date10/04/20
    DescriptionA mutant enzyme can break down plastic bottles in a short time to recycle them into a new, high-quality plastic
    URLhttps://vietgiaitri.com/tai-che-chai-nhua-trong-vai-gio-nho-enzyme-dot-bien-20200410i4834614/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists discover enzyme which breaks down PET plastic ‘in hours’
    Media name/outletFoodbev
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionScientists working for industrial chemistry firm Carbios have discovered an enzyme which can reportedly break down PET plastics for recycling into food-grade material in hours, rather than weeks. Article includes quotes from John McGeehan
    Producer/AuthorMartin White
    URLhttps://www.foodbev.com/news/scientists-discover-enzyme-which-breaks-down-pet-plastic-in-hours/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists mutated the bacterium to devour the plastic. In a few hours
    Media name/outletFocus.Pl
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryPoland
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionArticle on hitherto unknown enzymes of mutated bacteria can break down plastics into simple elements. Features quotes from John McGeehan
    Producer/Author Jan Sochaczewski
    URLhttps://www.focus.pl/artykul/naukowcy-zmutowali-bakterie-tak-by-jadla-plastik-w-kilka-godzin
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours
    Media name/outletAxis of Logic
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionArticle on a mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists including John McGeehan
    Producer/AuthorDamian Carrington
    URLaxisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_87487.shtml
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleCreate a molecule that quickly breaks down PET plastic waste and makes it easy to recycle
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletLa Vanguardia Online
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritorySpain
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionArticle featuring John McGeehan's research into a laboratory-created enzyme which accelerates and improves waste treatment such as beverage bottles for material reuse
    Producer/AuthorJoaquim Elcacho
    URLhttps://www.lavanguardia.com/natural/20200409/48396701530/crean-molecula-enzima-degrada-residuos-plastico-pet-mejora-reciclaje.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists discover enzyme which breaks down PET plastic ‘in hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletFoodBev
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionScientists have discovered an enzyme which can reportedly break down PET plastics for recycling into food-grade material in hours, rather than weeks.
    Producer/AuthorMartin White
    URLhttps://www.foodbev.com/news/scientists-discover-enzyme-which-breaks-down-pet-plastic-in-hours/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists have mutated the bacterium to eat the plastic. In a few hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletFocus.pl
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryPoland
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionHitherto unknown enzymes of mutant bacteria can break down plastics into simple pieces, which can then be used to make new high-quality bottles
    Producer/AuthorJan Sochaczewski
    URLhttps://www.focus.pl/artykul/naukowcy-zmutowali-bakterie-tak-by-jadla-plastik-w-kilka-godzin
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletAxis of Logic
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionA mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists
    Producer/AuthorDamian Carrington
    URLaxisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_87487.shtml
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleThey create a molecule that quickly degrades PET plastic waste and facilitates its recycling
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletLa Vanguardia
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritorySpain
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionA laboratory-created enzyme speeds up and improves the treatment of waste such as beverage bottles for material reuse
    Producer/AuthorJoaquim Elcacho
    URLhttps://www.lavanguardia.com/natural/20200409/48396701530/crean-molecula-enzima-degrada-residuos-plastico-pet-mejora-reciclaje.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleResearchers create sensation in plastic recycling
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBILD.de
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryGermany
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionResearchers have achieved a real breakthrough. They have created a mutated bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles in just a few hours
    URLhttps://www.bild.de/ratgeber/wissenschaft/ratgeber/hoffnung-fuer-die-weltmeere-forschern-gelingt-sensation-beim-plastik-recycling-69947964.bild.html
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleThe modified enzyme works great with plastic bottles
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletKopalniawiedzy.pl
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryPoland
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionOnly about 30% of the plastic used in the production of plastic bottles is recycled. Usually the result is a low-strength product. Now scientists have announced the creation of an enzyme that turns 90% of plastic into the starting material , making it possible to create a product with the same properties as before
    URLhttps://kopalniawiedzy.pl/PET-enzym-LLC-recykling-plastik-politereftalan-etylenu,31852
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists Discover Plastic-Munching Microbe in Waste Site
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSmithsonian Magazine
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date31/03/20
    DescriptionArticle featuring research from John McGeehan on a enzyme which can break down some of the toxic components of polyurethane plastic
    Producer/AuthorKatherine J. Wu
    URLhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-discover-plastic-munching-microbe-waste-site-180974544/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleDiscovered a bacterium that feeds on toxic plastic
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletInternazionale.it
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryItaly
    Date31/03/20
    DescriptionArticle about a bacterium which feeds on toxic plastic, using it as a fuel, featuring research from John McGeehan
    Producer/AuthorDamian Carrington
    URLhttps://www.internazionale.it/notizie/damian-carrington/2020/03/31/batterio-plastica-tossica
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists find bug that feasts on toxic plastic
    Media name/outletEnvironment and Development Magazine
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryLebanon
    Date31/03/20
    DescriptionArticle featuring John McGeehan's research which created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles
    URLwww.afedmag.com/english/NewsDetails.aspx?id=27308
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleResearchers Discover A Bacteria That Eats Polyurethane. Is That A Big Deal?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletCleanTech
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date29/03/20
    DescriptionJohn McGeehan, director of the Center for Enzyme Innovation at the University of Portsmouth, England, praised new work from researchers at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany who say they have discovered a bacteria that feeds on polyurethane
    Producer/AuthorSteve Hanley
    URLhttps://cleantechnica.com/2020/03/29/researchers-discover-a-bacteria-that-eats-polyurethane-is-that-a-big-deal/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists find bug that feasts on toxic plastic
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Guardian
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date27/03/20
    DescriptionResearch by John McGeehan, who had created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles, which are made of PET, was referenced in The Guardian
    Producer/AuthorDamian Carrington
    URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/27/scientists-find-bug-that-feasts-on-toxic-plastic
    PersonsJohn McGeehan

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Media contributions

  • TitleCould Plastic-Eating Microbes Take a Bite Out of the Recycling Problem?...... Read more at: https://www.scrapmonster.com/news/could-plasticeating-microbes-take-a-bite-out-of-the-recycling-problem/1/80029
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEl Zocalo
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryMexico
    Date6/07/21
    DescriptionJohn McGeehan is quoted on why using enzymes in recycling is a potentially greener, less energy-demanding approach that can also hit plastics mixed with waste
    URLhttps://www.zocalo.com.mx/cientifico-de-indonesia-podria-tener-posible-solucion-ante-basura-de-plastico-que-ya-es-un-problema/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleGood news! Enzyme cocktail can break down plastic waste six times faster
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletWatson
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date6/10/20
    DescriptionResearchers succeeded in elucidating the three-dimensional structure of the PETase enzyme and doubling its efficiency. They were able to smuggle it into a diatom that could be used to break down microplastics in the ocean
    URLhttps://www.watson.ch/wissen/umwelt/251187969-enzym-cocktail-kann-plastikmuell-sechsmal-schneller-abbauen
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleBacteria: The miracle microbes that could fix planet
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBBC Science Focus
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date2/09/20
    DescriptionCcoverage of Professor John McGeehan's research from 2018, which engineered a version of the I. sakaiensis PETase enzyme that was almost 20 per cent more efficient at breaking down plastic and how they are now trying to discover and engineer other bacterial enzymes that work efficiently enough for commercial use on a range of polluting plastics.
    Producer/AuthorColin Barras
    URLhttps://www.sciencefocus.com/science/bacteria-the-miracle-microbes-that-could-fix-planet/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleLBC Interview
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletLBC Radio
    Media typeRadio
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date30/04/20
    DescriptionJohn McGeehan was invited to talk on LBC about his work on engineering a plastic-eating enzyme as part of UoP's Revolution Plastics group
    Producer/AuthorLBC
    URLtiny.cc/889krz
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleCould bacteria help beat the world’s plastic problem? Stories at a distance
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletYouTube
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date17/04/20
    DescriptionSome bacteria have evolved to 'eat' some kinds of plastic, using chemicals called enzymes. John McGeehan, Director of the new Centre for Enzyme Innovation, talks about his team's BBSRC-funded research on using these enzymes to make recycling easier
    URLhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-vNfgTXCig&feature=emb_title
    PersonsJohn McGeehan
  • TitleScientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in a few hours
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletGreen Savers
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryPortugal
    Date9/04/20
    DescriptionThe enzyme that was discovered in a compound of leaves, reduced the plastic bottles into small chemical building blocks that were used to make new high quality bottles, contrary to the existing recycling technologies that produce lower quality plastic, being, as a rule , used for clothes and carpets.
    URLhttps://greensavers.sapo.pt/cientistas-criam-enzima-mutante-que-recicla-garrafas-de-plastico-em-poucas-horas/
    PersonsJohn McGeehan