Modern day technologies are often profit driven, resulting in mankind drifting away from Nature’s intricate balance. In Nature nothing is created to last forever. Every creation is for a specific function, upon completion of which, disassembly naturally takes place and the building blocks are recycled for other purposes. This is the essence of sustainability that we ought to emulate in order to leave behind a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for our children.
With this concept in mind, in this lab we are studying ways to produce materials that can potentially bring us closer to Nature again. The material of interest here is Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) which is a plastic-like material produced by microorganisms. PHA is not only synthesized by microorganisms, it is also decomposed naturally by microorganisms. It is our believe that by using this microbial plastic judiciously we can minimize pollution and get one small step closer to Mother Nature.
Ecobiomaterial Research Lab
School of Biological Sciences
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia