ISTC in the News

ISTC’s Shantanu Pai is featured in this story from WNIJ about how towns in rural Illinois are struggling to offer recycling services to their residents.
Fox 55/27 News interviewed ISTC senior chemist John Scott in this story about PFAS found on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul.
ISTC’s Jennifer Martin is quoted in this Recycling Today article about the current solar panel recycling landscape.
Read the full story from NPR. ISTC researchers are analyzing the samples for this project. Missouri waters are polluted with microplastics, small pieces of plastic smaller than a pencil eraser. Microplastics can come from large pieces of plastic that degrade into smaller pieces and consumer products, like toothpaste and cosmetics, that contain microbeads. While research has …
A Sun-Times editorial published on August 7, “A glass of cold, clear — plastic? No thanks,” references collaborative research by scientists from ISTC, the Illinois State Geological Survey, and the Illinois State Water Survey. Read more about the project here.
On July 16, farmers and researchers came together at Fulton County Field Day. The event allowed researchers to showcase peer-reviewed applied science and demonstrate to working farmers that these conservation practices work. Individual farmers could then take aspects of what they learned and apply it in on their land. ISTC researcher Wei Zheng demonstrated the …
This article in E-Scrap News summarizes Closed Loop Partners market-landscape report, which was released last month. The report included work by ISTC researchers B.K. Sharma and Sriraam Chandrasekaran. The article specifically mentions ISTC’s work on solvent and pyrolysis systems that target e-plastics for chemical recycling feedstock. Read more about Sharma’s and Chandrasekaran’s work on e-plastics …
ISTC researcher Wei Zheng recently received a grant from the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) to develop specially designed biochar to capture and recycle phosphorus. Read FarmWeek’s story about the project here.
In this article from Q Magazine by Laura Schultz, ISTC’s Joy Scrogum helps to answer the question, “what happens to the waste that used to get shipped to China for recycling?”
by Lois Yoksoulian – Physical Sciences Editor of U of I News Bureau Microplastics contaminate the world’s surface waters, yet scientists have only just begun to explore their presence in groundwater systems. A new study is the first to report microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers – a groundwater source that accounts for 25 percent of …