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Up-goer summary: “I am using tiny living things to make stuff from air. This stuff is usually made from things in the ground. I am making it from things in the air. To do this I am helping these tiny living things share with each other.” Matt Smith is a third year student in the chemistry department. He makes interesting polymers from the carbon dioxide and nitrogen gas in air. To do this, he’s engineered both a microbe that fixes carbon dioxide and a microbe that fixes nitrogen to share nutrients with one another, enabling them both to grow without fixed carbon or nitrogen. These organisms are not found in the same environments in nature and do not normally share nutrients with one another. He’s exploring how efficiently these organisms can make bioplastics and other interesting materials.Good Green Ideas Recommendation: Anything that uses the tides.

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