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New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

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

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

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

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

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

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

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

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

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

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

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

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

Current trends and future prospects for flame retardants in polymeric materials

Nanoparticle coating prevents ice build up

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

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

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

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

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

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

Will your windows generate power one day?

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

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

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

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

Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

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

How Collagen nanofibers could find use in Tissue Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

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

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

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

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

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

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

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

Current status in graphene based polymer nanocomposites – a review

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

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

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

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

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

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

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

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

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

Researchers gather to discuss advances in organic photovoltaics (OPV)

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

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

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

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

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

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

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

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

Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

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

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

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

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

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

Can Gas Jet process challenge electrospinning in producing polymeric nanofibers?

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

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

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

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

Green Composites - all you wanted to know about

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

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

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

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

Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

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

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

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

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

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

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

US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

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

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

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Self-healing plastics has been around for a while. Applications include self-healing medical implants, self-repairing materials for use in airplanes and spacecrafts. Even scientists have made polymeric materials that can repair itself multiple times. A recent report in Science describes a significant advance in self-healing plastics. The authors describe a product that mimics how blood can clot to heal a wound. When the plastic is damaged a pair of pre-polymers in channels combines and rapidly forms a gel, which then hardens over 3 hours.

The authors demonstrated that holes up to 8 millimeters wide can be repaired. The repaired parts can absorb 62% of the total energy absorbed by undamaged parts.  Science never stops.

Reference:

S. R. White, J. S. Moore, N. R. Sottos, B. P. Krull, W. A. Santa Cruz, R. C. R. Gergely; Science, Restoration of Large Damage Volumes in Polymers, Vol. 344 no. 6184 pp. 620-623; (9 May 2014).