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

Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

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

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

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

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

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

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

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Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

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

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

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

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

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

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

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

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

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

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

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Researchers gather to discuss advances in organic photovoltaics (OPV)

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Are you interested in self-healing polymers – must read reviews

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

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

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

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

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

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

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

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Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

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

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

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

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

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Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

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

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

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

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

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

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

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

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

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McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

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

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At the flick of a switch “Smart Window” allows user to regulate the light passage. One could enhance energy efficiency of a building or could use as an image projection screen. The applications of “Smart Window” technology are numerous including recently produced new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Over the years various types of technologies have been tried including photochromic, thermotropic, suspended particle devices (SPDs), polymer dispersed liquid crystals devices (PDLCs) or micro-blinds. All of these technologies have advantages as well as disadvantages.

Recently, scientists from Republic of Korea reported a different kind of nanotechnology based platform for “Smart Windowswhich could become a game changer. They developed polymeric counter-anions which have different hydration energies. When spray casted over a glass substrate, it can alternate between extreme optical characteristics. In other words, coated glass could change from opaque to a clear one instantaneously. The immediate application: reduces the amount of heat loss in winter or increases the cooling in summer. This work has been reported in the journal ACS NANO.

[Ref: C.H. Lee, H.S. Lim, J. Kim, and J.H. Cho; ACS NANO; 5 (9), pp. 7397-7403 (2011); DOI: 10.1021/nn202328y]

Further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_glass