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Green Composites - all you wanted to know about

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

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

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

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

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

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Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

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Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

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Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

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James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

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

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David Schiraldi of Case Western Reserve University, in Ohio, and his colleagues have shown that combining an old material with a new one can provide a material with similar stiffness, strength and compressibility to expanded polystyrene, but which has loses 20% of its mass after less than three weeks in a dump-like environment.

These workers reached back into history and attempted to revive the use of casein as a plastics feedstock. Traditional formulations used formaldehyde as a crosslinking agent; to avoid the toxicity of this material Dr. Shirald and his team replaced this with dl-glyceraldehyde.

The resultant polymer is fragile but this problem was resolved with the help of the sponge like aerogel obtained by freeze-drying Sodium montmorillonite. Although the aerogels are notoriously week, filling the pores with foam removes this fragility and the clay provides a reinforcement for the casein based polymer.

[Reference: Biomacromolecules; vol.11, No. 10, pp. 2640-2646 (2010) (]