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Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

Current trends and future prospects for flame retardants in polymeric materials

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

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

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

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

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

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

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

Can Gas Jet process challenge electrospinning in producing polymeric nanofibers?

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

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

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

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

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

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

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

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

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

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

Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

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

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

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

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

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

Green Composites - all you wanted to know about

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

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

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

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

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

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

Current status in graphene based polymer nanocomposites – a review

Nanoparticle coating prevents ice build up

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

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

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

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

Will your windows generate power one day?

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

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

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

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

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

Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

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

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

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

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

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

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

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

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

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

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

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

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

Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

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

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

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

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

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

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

Researchers gather to discuss advances in organic photovoltaics (OPV)

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

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

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

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

How Collagen nanofibers could find use in Tissue Engineering

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

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

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

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

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

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bioactive glasses or Bioglass materials were first developed by Prof. Larry Hench’s group at the University of Florida in the late 1960s.   Due to its biocompatibility, surface reactive glass-ceramic biomaterials are called “Bioactive glasses”.  Many variations have been developed since.  These glasses have shown excellent biocompatibility in the bone regeneration field.  This is because of their ability to form a bi-active layer at the interface in contact with living tissues.  Silica based bio-glasses are an integral part of such bioactive materials, and have been used in many orthopaedic and dental applications.  The recent development of nano-scale bioactive glasses which enhances osteoconductivity i.e., a scaffold’s ability to support cell attachment to deposition to bone formation has opened up a promising new research area.

Are you a biomedical researcherHow polymers can play a critical role in your research work?  Read on ….

One could use bioactive glass nanofibers as fillers for bone or embedding them into biodegradable polymers such as PLA, PHB, poly caprolactone, starch, chitin or collagen as polymer nanocomposites.  Essentially, polymer based bioactive glass nanocomposites broadens the application potential of bioactive glasses to orthopaedic applications including tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.  Recent developments have been reviewed by a group of European scientists.

[Ref: A. Boccaccini et al, Comp. Sci. and Technol., doi: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2010.06.002]