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Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

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

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Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

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

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Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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

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Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

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Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

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Most products undergo stresses during their service conditions. As a result, strain develops and if the strain reaches a critical point, the product fails. We all are familiar with news of cracks in buildings, bridges, tunnels, aircrafts etc. Cracks are the final results of these stresses. When materials deform (strained), they do not fail immediately. Depending on the type, materials (such as metals, alloys, plastics etc.) resist deformations to different extent. Technically, one could use strain gauges to measure these deformations.

Researchers from Rice University (USA) have developed carbon nanotube (CNT) based composite paint to measure the amount of strain and termed itStrain Paint”. The idea is smart and simple. When polymer coating containing the single wall CNT is applied, strain is transmitted through the polymer to the nanotube. Spectral shifts of SWCNT at near-infra-red fluorescence can be easily studied to measure strain at any position of the targeted substrate. The advantage of this new coating optical measurement is that strain can be measured without any contact to the substrate.

Of course, the success of this work will depend on fine tuning of the optical measurements such as reproducibility, long term spectral shift stability and the interactions among the coating components.

Reference:  S. Nagarajaiah, R.B. Wiseman et al., Nanoletters; DOI: 10.1021/nl301008m