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

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

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

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

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

New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

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

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

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

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

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

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

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

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

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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

Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

Can Gas Jet process challenge electrospinning in producing polymeric nanofibers?

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

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

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

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

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

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

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

Green Composites - all you wanted to know about

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

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

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

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

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

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

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

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

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

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

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

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

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

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

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

Current status in graphene based polymer nanocomposites – a review

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

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Collagen nanofibers could find use in Tissue Engineering

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

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

US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

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Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

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

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

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

Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current trends and future prospects for flame retardants in polymeric materials

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

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

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

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

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

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

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

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

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

Nanoparticle coating prevents ice build up

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

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

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

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

Will your windows generate power one day?

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

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

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

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

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

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

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

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

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

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

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

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

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

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

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

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

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

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

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Graphene research has exploded in recent years. The price and performance advantages of graphene challenge carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in nanocomposites, coatings, sensors and energy-storage-device applications. Now the race has begun how to produce a large enough volume of graphene safely and in a cost efficient manner.

Given the above motivation, Professor James M. Tour of Rice University (USA) led his team to use much less expensive easily available carbon sources e.g., food, insects, and waste. The group showed a simple method to grow high quality graphene directly from fisher brand polystyrene, Petri dishes, chocolates, and grass (Ophiopogon, picked at the Rice univ.) on the backside of a copper foil at 1050°C under hydrogen/argon gas flow. When graphene produced from each of the starting materials was studied using Raman spectroscopy at 514 nm laser excitation, the peaks (G, 2D, and 2D/G) revealed the graphene was indeed of high quality monolayer graphene.

This study has shown that large quantity of high quality graphene could be generated from impure carbon feedstocks.

[Reference: G.Ruan, Z. Sun, Z. Peng, and J.M. Tour; ACS Nano, Published online 2011 DOI: 10.1021/nn202625c]