Texas A&M chemist Karen Wooley, holding a Texas-shaped sample of her team's biodegradable natural polymer that could prove to be a game-changer for the world's plastics pollution problem, currently estimated in excess of 10 million metric tons and growing. A 2018 British report, "Foresight Future of the Sea," found plastic pollution in the ocean could triple by 2050 unless a “major response” is mounted to prevent plastic from reaching the ocean.

Texas A&M, Teysha Technologies Sign Sponsored Research Agreement to Streamline Degradable Polymers Development

Oct 18, 2019
“It is quite rewarding that this Texas A&M research is leading to globally impactful technological developments and solutions that appeal to an international market. At the same time, our key missions are to advance fundamental knowledge, train the next-generation work force and inform the public, all while harnessing the distinct scientific competencies and advantages within Texas A&M’s broader infrastructure that makes it all possible.”
Dr. Karen Wooley, Texas A&M chemist