Apurba Banerjee, a doctoral student in the polymer, fiber and textile science program, has been awarded an $800 grant from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists.
Banerjee received the award based on her proposed project called “Study of biodegradable polyesters from algal sources for use in textile fiber applications.”
“My proposal was about how we can make bioplastics in algae and we can then extract them,” she said. “These bioplastics are basically polyesters and they’re exactly the same that’s made from petro-chemicals but they’re completely, 100 percent biodegradable because if nature makes it, nature breaks it.”
Banerjee, a native of Calcutta, India, completed her master’s degree at Colorado State University before enrolling in the doctoral program at UGA. Her advisor at UGA is Dr. Suraj Sharma.
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