Jeannette Garcia: A super-strong plastic that reverts to dust

About this talk: Plastics advocate Jeannette Garcia's accidental invention of a super-strong and fully biodegradable polymer could make today's environmental curse tomorrow's sustainable answer. The implications? Recyclable airplanes, dissolvable water bottles and dramatically diminished landfills.

About this speaker

Dr. Jeannette Garcia designs new polymers through sustainable methods, with potential usage as structural composites, cargo carriers, adhesives, sealants and 3D printing. Jeannette’s team also uses discarded bottles to create materials and designed a low-cost, portable detection system for water toxins. In addition, Jeannette researches energy storage for automotive batteries and has interests in chemistries for improving the environment and human health.

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TED@IBM was a TED-curated event showcasing speakers from across the IBM community. Produced in partnership with IBM, the event brought to light the often-overlooked. Examining social structures and sustainable approaches, TED@IBM explored the necessity of invention to build a better world.

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