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

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

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

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

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

Current trends and future prospects for flame retardants in polymeric materials

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

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

US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

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

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

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

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

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

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

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

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

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

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

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

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

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

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

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Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

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

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

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

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

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

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Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

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

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Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

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

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

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

Researchers gather to discuss advances in organic photovoltaics (OPV)

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

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

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

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

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

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

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

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

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

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

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

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

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

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

Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

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

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

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

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

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

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

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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In a recent article Dr. Sally Humphreys of Applied Market Information (AMI) writes

There are several different meanings to the term “bioplastics” being used today including medical plastics, natural polymers (like collagen), biodegradable plastics, oxo-degradable plastics and plastics from renewable sources.  In North America the latter is the primary designation, whereas in Europe the compostable and biodegradable materials have been more highly rated.  Each continent has set up its own standards and labelling protocols to aid purchasing managers and consumers in understanding what they are buying into.  A market study in 2009 by Utrecht University in Holland predicted a bio-based plastics market size of 2.3 million tonnes in 2013 including conventional polymers from renewable sources. 

Japan leads the world in its application of bioplastics with Fujitsu and Sony using PLA in mobile technology in 2002. The NEC Corporation has an environmental action plan to use bioplastics in most of its hardware products by March 2018.  It has developed materials specifically for electronic products, including flame-retardant polylactic acid (PLA), which is modified with aluminum hydroxide and other additives, giving a V-0 rating at 1.8-13 mm thickness. This PLA is in use in the housing of business PCs. NEC has also developed a new cellulose-based material bonded with cardanol, which is extracted from cashew nut shells. The inventor Michio Komatsu of Nissei has developed an injection molding system for PLA and a Mucell foaming system can be added.  It includes tools to optimise the cycle to provide the required crystallinity.  For more see the press release section of this web site.