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Scientists from IBM and Stanford University are developing new plastics recycling process

Teijin Techno Products claims to be world’s first mass producer of aramid nanofibers

Japanese researchers are developing stereo-block type PLAs for high performance materials

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

Chinese researchers made a bendy polymer that could separate aromatics hydrocarbons from aliphatic

A review on polymer/bioactive glass nanocomposites provides current trends in polymer research

Stratasys touts World’s first color multi-material 3D printer for rubber & plastics products

Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

In Milan, art and science get together to showcase Vegetal, weather resistant designer chair

Current status in graphene based polymer nanocomposites – a review

A novel technique to manufacture continuous twisted yarn from aligned PAN nanofibers

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

USA researchers develop all-polymer multilayer coating to retard fire and to suppress smoke

How plastics helping revolutionize stretchable electronics applications – a review, not to be missed!

Researchers gather to discuss advances in organic photovoltaics (OPV)

Can you 3D print yourself? TwinKinds of Germany shows just that!

It is time to make “Perfect Plastic” reports UK researchers

Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

World’s first all-plastic LED lamp comes from Japan

Kyoto researchers are upbeat about cellulose nanofibers based composites for auto parts

How computer modelling & 3D printing create fracture resistant composites – reports Stratasys and MIT researchers

Polymers help Addidas to launch lightest soccer boots and 2010 FIFA World cup match ball never seen before in the field

Stanford university researchers detect mercury ions in sea water using organic polymer transistor sensor

Binder free multilayer graphene based polymer composite for high performance supercapacitor electrodes

How Collagen nanofibers could find use in Tissue Engineering

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

3D systems introduces non-halogenated flame retardant for aircraft applications

Something old... Something new.... produces an interesting marriage

Harvard Univ researchers show how soft robotics could navigate a difficult obstacle

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

Nanoparticle coating prevents ice build up

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

Japanese scientists report a unique, smart and self-healing polymer nanocomposite hydrogels

UCLA scientists showed how simple it could be to make conducting polymer thin films

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

Scientists from Sweden and USA showed electronics can truly be organic or say truly be plastics

Umass, Amherst researchers find ways to hold 300 kilograms of weight using sticky tape

Will your windows generate power one day?

Caltech researchers show through telechelic polymers how to produce a safer and a cleaner fuel

Cima NanoTech flexes mussels with its non-Indium Tin Oxide, high performance transparent conductors

Rutgers Univ researchers moves plastic electronics with graphene based PS thin films

Plastrec, a Quebec recycler unveils recycled PET production combining two plastics technologies

Block copolymers could create hard disks with 10 tera-bit-per-Square-inch:Researchers predict

Polymers can be used to package insulin into a pill for diabetes treatment reports Indian scientists

Korean scientists provide a different twist to the “Smart Window” technology

Are you interested in self-healing polymers – must read reviews

ZogglesTM earns Invention of the year 2010 award and keeps the fog away

Rice Univ (USA) researchers grew high quality graphene from polystyrene, cookies, grass, cockroach leg & dog feces

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

Work of North Carolina State Univ. researchers shows how to remove radioactive elements from drinking water

Prof. Alan Heegers group demonstrated the potential of plastics solar cells

If you follow plastics electronics - follow Unidym’s innovative product lines

Oil-SAP, a novel development to clean-up oil spill & recovery from Penn State University, USA

MIT researchers develop first Solar Thermal Fuel storage platform in solid-state

MIT researchers develop first Solar Thermal Fuel storage platform in solid-state

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

Can polymer reinforced aerogel make a space mission? University of Akron researchers think so!

Can polymer reinforced aerogel make a space mission? University of Akron researchers think so!

Using biodegradable polymer, University of Basque country researcher report on bone regeneration

Advanced nanocomposite membrane technology of NanoH2O turns it to a Global clean technology company

Carbon3D, a Canadian company unveils a breakthrough technology for layerless 3D printing

GM recycles oil soaked booms from the Gulf of Mexico for its Chevrolet Volt under hood parts

Singapore researchers touts corn starch can help solve body armour and protective sports padding

Plastics help design non-shatter pint glass to prevent pub attacks

French scientists tout first use of nano-structured assemblies that could revolutionize dentistry

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

Arkema unveils a range of "green" polymers for its textile market

Univ of Texas @ Austin scientists reported method to produce a large scale reduced graphene oxide

Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

For the first time, IBM researchers showed 3D molecular structure could be observed

Austrian scientists claim to be the first to have developed an image sensor that is fully transparent

Work of North Carolina State Univ. researchers shows how to remove radioactive elements from drinking water

UC Berkley researchers have developed paper thin e-skin that responds to touch

IKV researchers report thermoplastic/metal hybrid materials for Direct manufacturing electronic part

Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

Braskem S.A. is leading the way to manufacture biobased polyethylene using catalytic dehydration

German researchers unveiled a green approach to electrospinning technique for making biodegradable nanofibres

Can you “Cool Your Roof” - reports researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

A team of researchers demonstrate plastics and graphene can work together to make touch screen device a reality

Bio-succinic acid is becoming new green platform chemical for plastics

Swedish researchers show highest reported charge capacities for all polymer paper-based battery

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

Electric Glue: Another twist to make controlled polymer-surface adhesion

Innovations in design come from plastics to win several 2009 International Design Excellence Awards

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

University of Texas at Austin researchers show use of polymer membranes for fracking in shale gas

Current trends and future prospects for flame retardants in polymeric materials

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

Are you an injection moulder, you may want to read the ultimate in mould cooling article

US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

MIT team aims to develop application specific surgical adhesives to seal tissues

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

Bayer uses PC film Makrofol? for it's new Innosec Fusion? technology to stop counterfeiting

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

Stanford Univ researchers make Jell-O-like conducting polymer hydrogels

Non-toxic, liquid bandage from Chesson Labs of Durham, NC is ready for the healthcare market

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

Sabic Innovative Plastics unveils its newly developed a clear flame retardant Polycarbonate copolymer

New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

Canadian researchers claim world’s most efficient “inverted” OPV solar cells

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

US and South Korean researchers develop a printing technique to make high performance CNT transistors

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

Can polycarbonate be replaced with another polymer? Click chemistry might provide the answer!

Can you “Cool Your Roof” - reports researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

USA researchers report polymeric blood-resistant surgical glue that can repair minimally invasive heart defects

Alberta scientists help to make Canada’s first bio-composite based electric vehicle body design

MIT researchers show how to draw Polyethylene as nanofibers and get a very high thermal conductivity

Can Gas Jet process challenge electrospinning in producing polymeric nanofibers?

Green Composites - all you wanted to know about

Last Months

Trends in Graphene and Graphene-based nanocomposites

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Since graphene was isolated by a group of physicists from Manchester University, UK in 2004, interest in graphene research throughout the world has skyrocketed.  This huge activity stems from graphene’s unusual and extraordinary electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties.  Professor Geim, who was instrumental in the separation of graphene, recently commented, “Graphene is a wonder material with many superlatives to its name”.  Why such glorification of graphene as a material?  Because it is the thinnest known material in the universe and its strength is the highest ever measured1. Prior to its separation into platelets, graphene was a controversial material and the subject of much speculation.  Many believed that graphene could not exist as a freestanding sheet, and yet it was studied theoretically for over 6o years. The results of this intense work over the years have been comprehensively documented in an article by Geim and Novoselov2.  Particularly noteworthy is the research, at MIT, of Gene Dresselhaus and Mildred Dresselhaus who began work with graphite (multi-layered graphene) several decades ago.  The results, until 1980, of the Dresselhaus team on graphite intercalated compounds have been described by these authors themselves3.  Today graphene’s unique structure allows for a wide spectrum of applications in a variety of fields while giving researchers an unprecedented opportunity for fundamental physical science. Picture on the top left show false-color 3-D rendered TEM image of isolated hydrogen atoms (purple-tipped) and an isolated carbon atom (red-tipped) on a graphene membrane ("Courtesy Zettl Research Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California at Berkeley"). This article aims to capture and convey in a few words the excitement provided by some of the interesting trends observed in research on graphene and graphene-based polymer nanocomposites (GPNC).



Improving processing and properties of polylactic acid

ImagePoly(lactic acid) or PLA is a thermoplastic polymer made from the polymerization of lactic acid derived from the fermentation of natural sugars from corn, beets, or sugar cane (Figure 1)1-3. The polymer is biobased and can also be composted under industrial compost conditions. With increasing interest in sustainability and finding alternatives to petroleum-based products, PLA is at the forefront of the current trend towards bioplastics usage.  PLA is being used as a replacement for many traditional PET and PS applications such as thermoformed packaging, fibers, card stock, foamed food trays and in blends with other thermoplastics such as polycarbonate for electronic or automotive applications. PLA is rapidly gaining increasing commercial acceptance and new applications are continually appearing on the market.

Publicizing Your Research

A practical guide for Publicizing your research/technical paper

How do go about publicizing a technical paper or a research document apart from presenting it at a conference or publishing it in a journal or in a magazine? Below is a method you can pursue to publicize your paper/technical research on the web and in print.

Submitting a “technical release”

Companies send press releases to publications to inform readers about their products and services; and you can do the same with a technical release about your technical paper or research. If you have lab notes that you are willing put into an intelligible document, this could be a valuable technical resource to others in your science/technology community. Just keep in mind that the science and technology will come under the scrutiny of your peers.


Aspects of Electron Beam (EB) Processing of Polymers

Of the many ways one can modify traditional polymers, electron beam irradiation (EBI) is one of the most attractive technique to the scientific and the industrial community, since it can profoundly affects the molecular structure providing polymeric materials with unique properties1-5.                           

The process has revolutionized the application of polymeric material in diverse areas including sterilization of medical devices, pollution control (treatment of sewage and sludge), food preservation, curing of cable insulations, manufacture of heat-shrinkable polymers, in orthopaedics, tire manufacturing and on1-4, 6,7.  The process is carried out with electron accelerators (EA) that provide energies between 75 eV and 10 MeV2,8,9. The radiation interacts with the polymeric material, knocking-off labile atoms from the polymer to generate radicals1, 2 on the carbon backbone of the polymer.   These radicals initiate reactions such as polymerization (e.g. curing of coatings), and cross-linking. Polymerization is possible with monomers having chemical unsaturations and proceeds through free-radical initiated addition reactions. Cross-linking results when two polymeric-radicals unite.   The target of the article is to summarize applications of the EB process to polymeric materials, describing the important benefits, how the process is quantified, how the best results can be achieved, current application trends and where the future lies.


Seeing through the plastic hype

What did Alexander Pope say? "A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring; there shallow thoughts intoxicate the brain; and drinking largely sobers us again." But the poet never had to think about drinking spring water out of a polycarbonate bottle, did he?

Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that can leach out of polycarbonate bottles, is clearly the "toxin du jour."


The Role of Molecular Architecture in the Development of new Melt-Processable Fluoropolymers

Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is a material of choice in the chemical process industry (CPI) for many reasons such as high resistance to harsh chemicals combined with its stability against UV light and heat, high electrical resistance and its high purity.  These properties make it a good material for insulating electrical wires, especially ones that get hot during it's use.  PVDF is used in the manufacturing of thick wall pipes, fittings and other components used in the transportation and storage of aggressive chemicals. In fact, high purity of PVDF allows its use in the semi-conductor business for transportation and storage of ultra-high purity water.
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