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Researchers gather to discuss advances in organic photovoltaics (OPV)

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

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

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

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

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

Nanoparticle coating prevents ice build up

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

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

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

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

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

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

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

Kyoto researchers are upbeat about cellulose nanofibers based composites for auto parts

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

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

Green Composites - all you wanted to know about

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

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

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

Current trends and future prospects for flame retardants in polymeric materials

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

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

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

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

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

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

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

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

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

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

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

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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

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

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

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

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

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

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

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

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

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

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

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

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

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

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

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

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

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

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

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

Will your windows generate power one day?

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

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

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

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

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

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

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

Current status in graphene based polymer nanocomposites – a review

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

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

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

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

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

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

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

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

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

How Collagen nanofibers could find use in Tissue Engineering

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

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

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

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

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

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

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

Can polycarbonate be replaced with another polymer? Click chemistry might provide the answer!

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

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

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

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

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

Can Gas Jet process challenge electrospinning in producing polymeric nanofibers?

New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

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

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

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

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Excitement over self-healing plastics is heating up! In January 2012, Nissan announced that it has designed self-healing iPhone case (cover) using Nissan’s Scratch Shield technology. Scratch Shield paint was developed initially for automotive use by Nissan. Automotive technologies, if appropriate can be utilized for non-automotive applications1.    

At the 243rd National Meeting of American Chemical Society (ACS) on March 26, 2012, Professor Marek W. Urban2 and his team from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg reported that the team has designed and developed a type of plastics (co-polymers) which tries to mimic nature. The plastics provides a red signal when damaged around the damaged area and then heal itself when exposed to external stimuli such as visible light, temperature or pH changes. Moreover, the designed plastic can heal itself many times. The chemistry (spiro-naphthoxazine to merocyanine) is based on well known ring opening and closing reaction.  

Potential applications of this technology are numerous. Time will tell where this technology will be applied in the future.

References: 1) Press release: Nissan International SA, Rolle, Switzerland, January 16, 2012.

                  2) ACS News release: San Diego, March 26, 2012