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

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

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

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US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

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

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

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

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

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

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

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

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

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

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

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

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

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

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Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

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

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

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

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

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

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

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

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

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

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

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

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

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

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

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Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

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When we talk about wax, we think of candles. But wax is used in numerous other everyday products those we may not pay attention to. Just check out lipstick or chewing gum or plastics part. What is wax then?

Waxes are a class of organic compounds that consist of that consist of long carbon-hydrogen (hydrocarbon) based molecular chains. Depending on the chemical structure, one could classify wax as either natural or synthetic. These chemical species are derived from plants, animals or from petroleum. However, majority of the waxes come from petroleum refining. Waxes are insoluble in water (polar solvent) but are soluble in non-polar solvents. As demand for manufactured goods increase, so does the demand for the waxes. Production cost of waxes is also going North. Converting used/discarded plastics (which otherwise would go to landfill) to useful products (such as waxes, greases etc) could be a solution to the plastics waste management. This is where Canada’s GreenMantra Technologies could play a vital role.

GrenMantra Technologies based in Canada has developed a proprietary technology that converts plastics into waxes, greases and lubricating oils via a low-cost process. According to its web site, using off-the-shelf processing equipment, the company processes plastics into industrial waxes, lubricants and fuels. The chemicals that we produce can directly replace the existing sources of petroleum based waxes, greases or lubricants. Why the waxes manufactured by this technology are green? An argument could be the products created make use of the existing carbon footprint.