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

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

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

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

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

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

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

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

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

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

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

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

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

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

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

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

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

Researchers gather to discuss advances in organic photovoltaics (OPV)

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

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

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

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

Current trends and future prospects for flame retardants in polymeric materials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Green Composites - all you wanted to know about

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

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

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

Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

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

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

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

Can Gas Jet process challenge electrospinning in producing polymeric nanofibers?

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

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

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

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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

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

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

Nanoparticle coating prevents ice build up

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

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

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

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

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

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

US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

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

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

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

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

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

Will your windows generate power one day?

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

New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

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

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

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

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

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

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

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

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

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

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

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

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

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

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

How Collagen nanofibers could find use in Tissue Engineering

Current status in graphene based polymer nanocomposites – a review

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

Current status in graphene based polymer nanocomposites – a review

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Andre K. Geim and Konstantin S. Novoselov of the University of Manchester, UK were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their ability to isolate graphene from graphite.  Graphene is a single atomic layer of carbon.  Professor Andre Geim commented, “Graphene is a wonder material with many superlatives to its name”.  Questions arise: Why graphene is a wonder material?  How come such an interest in graphene research world-wide?  Is this simply graphene hype or are there application opportunities for graphene-based composite structures?

If you are curious and want to know the answers to above questions, you may wish to read the review just appeared in the January 2011 issue of Plastics Engineering. This review described different routes to synthesizing both defect-free graphene and functionalized graphene.  How graphenes could be used as reinforcing nano materials to make polymer nanocomposites are explained. The article also presented emerging trends in graphene-based polymer nanocomposites (GPNC) while giving a glimpse of numerous possibilities that await GPNC researchers.  The main challenge on the effective use of graphene nanoplatelets for graphene based polymer nanocomposites depend on how to produce a large volume of graphene safely and of course, cost-effectively.

[Refercence:  P. Mukhopadhyay and R.K. Gupta; “Trends and Frontiers in Graphene-based Polymer Nanocomposites”, Plastics Engineeering, pp. 32-42, (2011)]

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