Australia & New Zealand R&D and Innovations

Australian Teenager Develops Bioplastics from Shrimps

Fifteen-year-old Angelina Arora from Sydney Girls High School developed a biodegradable plastic made from prawn shell and sticky protein from the silk of silkworms.

Arora compared the protein with a spider’s web and stated that when mixed with chitin, it produces a flexible yet strong fabric.

“I’m driven by wanting to help — whether it’s people, the environment or animals. It was amazing after months of research that I found a plastic that was suitable,” she said.

This research won her the Innovator to Market Award in the 2018 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, a partnership between the BHP Billiton Foundation, CSIRO and the Australian Science Teachers Association.

She will represent Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pennsylvania (13–18, May).

Closing Remarks

What are the R&D departments of some of the largest chemical companies thinking when they read this?