We no longer can imagine our lives without plastics. Despite its ubiquity, not much is known about the decomposition of plastics or their impact on human lives and the environment. After small plastic particles were detected in marine life, questions arose about their origins and their impact on animals and what we can expect when these particles enter our bodies. The Special Research Department 1357 at Bayreuth University will initiate a comprehensive research program to address these questions.
The lecturer will discuss the decomposition of macroplastics into micro- or nanoplastics as well as the interaction of the additives contained therein and the environment. A special focus will be on fracture-mechanical methods which are used to accelerate the characterization of the decomposition kinetics in a variety of environments.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Altstädt has held the Chair for Polymer Materials at Bayreuth University since 2000 and is the managing director of Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH.
ATTENDING THE LECTURE IS FREE OF CHARGE but subject to registration at Katrin Stark