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Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

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

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

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

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

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

Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

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

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

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

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

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

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

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

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

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

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

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

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

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

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

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

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

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

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

Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

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

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

Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

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

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

Nanoparticle coating prevents ice build up

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

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

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

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

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

How Collagen nanofibers could find use in Tissue Engineering

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

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

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

Current status in graphene based polymer nanocomposites – a review

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

Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

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

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

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

Will your windows generate power one day?

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

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

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

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

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

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

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Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

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

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

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

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

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

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

Researchers gather to discuss advances in organic photovoltaics (OPV)

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

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

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

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

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

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

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

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

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

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

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

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

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Should there be an oilspill, small or big, it always cause environmental concern. We have noticed it from Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska (1989) and more recently in the Gulf of Mexico in the 2010.  Rightly so, T.C. Mike Chung of Penn State University, USA with his colleague have been motivated to come up with a novel idea that will change the conventional use of skimmers and booms to clean-up oil from the surface of a river or an ocean after an oil-spill

Professor Chung and his collegaue Xuepei Yuan designed a terpolymer from oil molecules to synthesize a supreabsorbent polymer (SAP) which can absorb oil up to 45 times their weight.  How the Oil-SAP works? The polymer (Oil-SAP) has aliphatic and aromatic side chains which have similar solubility parameters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildebrand_solubility_parameter) with the hydrocarbons in crude oil.  While 1-octene and styrene allows fast absorption, by manipulating cross-linking density of the oil-SAP terpolymer, latter controls the capacity of oil uptake. The bulk side chain of the polymer (containing di-vinyl benzene) has lower ceiling temperature for depolymerization which helps in recovering the oil through regular oil-refining process. Furthermore, this technology uses polymer from polyolefin family, the most inexpensive polymer.

The question remains how quickly the industry will recognize the promise of oil-SAP technology for its recovery of spilled oil than of its disposal!

[Reference: X. Yusn and T.C. Mike Chung; Energy Fuels, 26 (8), pp. 4896-4902 (2012).  DOI: 10.1021/ef300388h]