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

Will your windows generate power one day?

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

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

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

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

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

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

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

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

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

Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

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

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

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

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

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

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

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

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

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

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

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

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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

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

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

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

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

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

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

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

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

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

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

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

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

Can Gas Jet process challenge electrospinning in producing polymeric nanofibers?

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

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

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

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

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

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Current trends and future prospects for flame retardants in polymeric materials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

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

New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

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

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

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US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

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

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

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

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

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

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

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

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

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

Nanoparticle coating prevents ice build up

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

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

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McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

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

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A team of Chinese scientists has developed a “cool-roof” coating mimicking the poplar tree leaf. The poplar tree leaves has microfibers beneath its leaves. It allows them to reflect both light and heat from the sun. In other words, when the sun shines directly on the tree, the tree turns its leaves upside down to protect the insides of the leaves from high heat and consequently the loss of moisture from it. By this way the light is reflected rather than absorbed. It is that simple. Can this idea be transformed to cool your roof? Not yet!

Chinese researchers used electrospun polymers to produce microfibers like poplar tree leaves. To test their idea, they coated the film with hydrophobic diarylethene which changes colour from red to colorless in presence of visible light due to structural changes (closed ring to an open one). The test showed promise. The issue is the durability of the polymeric material under heat, wind, and cold when put on your roof.    

[Ref: C. Ye, M. Li, J. Hu, Q. Cheng, L.Jiang and Y. Song, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, Advance Article. DOI:10.1039/C0EE00686F]