Meet Denxybel Montinola, 23, a graduate of Bachelor in Science in Applied Physics of the University of San Carlos (USC) had chosen mango peelings and seaweed as his components in creating bioplastic.
Montinola said, “this bioplastic created using components called pectin and carrageenan, which are derived from mango peels and seaweed. It is more robust and flexible and can mimic the mechanical strength of the conventional plastic.”
According to him, the chosen components in creating bioplastic is because the Philippines is one of the leading exporters of both mangoes and seaweeds in which he can get both raw abundant sources and also both are sustainable.
“I learned this bioplastic concept when I was just scrolling on Facebook and saw a viral video in which a guy created a bioplastic out of seaweed. And I thought to myself what if I will use my scientific tools and knowledge in Biophysics to recreate his invention and take [it] up a notch higher”, said Montinola.
He added, “Not only we can make a bioplastic out of it, but we can also create a tissue scaffold that protects the burned area of our skin for example, or stop local bleeding,” noting the another advantage of mango peels.
The young Cebuano inventor is an intern in the Institute of Biological Chemistry at the Academia Sinica in Taiwan.
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Meet Denxybel Montinola from University of San Carlos in Cebu, a 2019 BPI DOST Science Awardee, and get to know more about his innovation in bioplastics.
Posted by BPI Foundation, Inc. on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
This environmental friendly invention did not skip the eyes of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol and called the attention of Nick Eleazar, Director Bureau of Agricultural Research reach out to Montinola and provide support in his Facebook Page.
On the other hand, Montinola was shocked that the article reached Secretary Piñol, he said, “Yes, someone messaged me already from DA- Bureau of Agricultural Research. They will meet me on August 2 to talk about my invention and how can we moved forward in realizing and concretizing my invention”.
Bioplastic’s uniqueness is that it does not disintegrate into micro plastic that could harm the environment. It totally dissolves in water without releasing toxic chemicals.