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Plastics put solar on the verge, again
The Daily Climate    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists in university and private labs worldwide have raced to make sheets of plastic solar cells practical for 30 years. A recent succession of efficiency gains has researchers, investors and companies convinced the effort is finally close to success. "This will be 'energy to go,'" said Steffanie Rohr, head of marketing for Heliatek, a German company that has plans to begin commercial production of 1-foot by 4-foot plastic solar strips this year. More



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Particle motion dynamics in rotating molds
SPE Plastics Research Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In polymer processing operations, particle technology influences the production rate and final quality of the material. Studies on densification, coalescence, particle shape and size distribution, smoothness and adhesion have been published. However, particle motion dynamics is very seldom studied, and the available data on the relationships between process parameters and particle sizes is particularly limited. To get informative data, we propose image analysis as a nonintrusive tool. More



Thermally stable biopolymer for tissue scaffolds
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Polyhydroxyalcanoates are bacteria-produced polyesters that act as intracellular reserves of carbon or energy. PHAs are biodegradable and have good biocompatibility, which makes them attractive as biomaterials. One type of PHA structure, poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), is one of the more commonly studied polymers. Modifying PHB with acryloyloxyethyl isocyanate increases the thermal decomposition temperature and improves its mechanical properties. More


Extrusion Auction Wednesday At NPE

Late Model Extrusion & Downstream Equipment will be Auctioned Online During NPE 2012 via Bidspotter - (16) Davis Standard Extruders and Downstream Equipment such as... MORE
Chemical Foaming Agents for Molding & Extrusion

Bergen International offers a comprehensive line of Chemical Foaming Agents specifically formulated for various low density Molding and Extrusion applications and a variety of resins. NPE Booth #29027
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Berry Plastics planning to go public
Evansville Courier & Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Berry Plastics Group, the parent of Berry Plastics, announced it plans to take its company public — and to raise up to $500 million to pay down debt. The company based in Evansville, Ind., manufactures a range of products including plastic containers, packaging, tapes and films. It has more than 16,000 employees and has 88 manufacturing facilities, including 75 in the U.S. and 13 in other countries. More



New technique lets scientists peer within nanoparticles, see atomic structure in 3-D
University of California, Los Angeles, via PhysOrg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
UCLA researchers are now able to peer deep within the world's tiniest structures to create three-dimensional images of individual atoms and their positions. Their research, published in the journal Nature, presents a new method for directly measuring the atomic structure of nanomaterials. "This is the first experiment where we can directly see local structures in three dimensions at atomic-scale resolution — that's never been done before," said Jianwei Miao, a professor of physics and astronomy and a researcher at UCLA. More


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Rainbow polymer grating could lead to handheld multispectral imaging devices
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A new polymer grating developed by engineers at the University at Buffalo is rainbow colored when viewed from a single perspective, reflecting many different wavelengths of light. The polymer is fabricated in a one-step, low-cost method and could be used as a filter for handheld multispectral imaging devices that identify the "true color" of objects examined. More



Researchers work on developing novel PVC materials
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Researchers are developing composite PVC materials using nanofillings. In the project, the research team will synthesize and treat nanoclays and then insert them into the polymer matrix. The primary objective of the project is to enhance the polymer materials' photostability properties, which produce discoloration and decrease the performance of the materials and eventually reduce their useful life. More


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Dow selects firms to distribute solar shingles
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Dow Chemical Co. has selected three roofing contractors in the Denver area to be the first authorized distributors for its Powerhouse solar shingles and soon will be adding more dealers as part of an extensive rollout planned for this year. The Dow shingles first debuted in mid-October in Colorado. A full-scale commercial production plant for the solar shingles — under construction at Dow's Midland, Mich., headquarters complex — is scheduled to begin operating in 2013. More



SPE and PTI offer top training for plastics professionals
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A spring Society of Plastics Engineers FastTrack training program has been announced. The topics have been designed to enhance injection molding, extrusion molding, blow molding and thermoforming knowledge levels regardless of plastics industry tenure. Produced by industry thought-leader Plastic Technologies Inc., the program will be held May 7-10 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport. More


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Indian city gathering plastic waste to lay down road
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After formally announcing the decision to lay a 10-kilometer road using plastic wastes, Coimbatore city corporation in India has launched a massive hunt for plastic bags. The initiative targeting shops and establishments has been vastly successful, with officials seizing an average of 400 kilograms of plastic a day. "Plastic waste is mixed with asphalt to create a compound called polymerized bitumen which enables the road to withstand monsoons and everyday wear and tear," said a corporation official. More



Electrically stimulated polymers eyed for medical devices
Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Duke scientists have discovered a potentially interesting way to deliver drugs from an internal medical device, such as a drug-eluting stent. In research published in the journal Advanced Materials, Xuanhe Zhao, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, demonstrated that the surface texture of polymers can be altered on demand through application of an electric current. More


Introducing the Datacolor 45G

The Datacolor 45G Portable 45/0 Spectrophotometer. Take the guesswork out of Appearance Quality Control with the industry’s best repeatability and inter-instrument agreement.
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Study on plastics produced by electrical and electronic equipment scrap
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The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Forum, a nonprofit association, has commissioned a team from the Empa's Technology and Society Lab to evaluate the actual amounts of harmful substances in plastics produced from electrical and electronic equipment scrap in Europe. The harmful substances include mercury, lead, chromium, cadmium and certain brominated flame retardants in plastics. More



Tiny nanosensor reader makes fast, cheap DNA sequencing feasible
Nanowerk News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers have devised a nanoscale sensor to electronically read the sequence of a single DNA molecule, a technique that is fast and inexpensive and could make DNA sequencing widely available. The technique could lead to affordable personalized medicine, potentially revealing predispositions for afflictions such as cancer, diabetes or addiction. More



The road to maturity: Key characteristics and competencies of best-in-class supply chains
Supply Chain Edge    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A nimble, scalable supply chain keeps costs low, helping companies fight off tough competitors while growing in new markets. Robust supply chains also allow companies to provide better service, thus defending existing customers. However, while some companies are deriving benefits like these from their supply chains, many others see the supply chain as a cost center — not a source of value. More


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DOE to back development of thermoplastic composites
Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a funding opportunity announcement that will provide financial support for the development of predictive engineering tools for injection molded long carbon fiber thermoplastic composites. The objective of the plastics-specific "Area of Interest 1" is to "accelerate the realization of materials for lighter weight vehicles made from advancing and validating the use of predictive tools for long fiber injection molded carbon fiber thermoplastic polymer resin composites." More

US monoethylene glycol makes way into Europe as Asian prices slide
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North American monoethylene glycol sellers were looking at Europe as an outlet for exports following a drop in Asian prices, industry sources said. Shipping reports recently noted parcels fixed from the Texas cities of Port Neches and Point Comfort to Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp. U.S. material was headed to Europe for March delivery, marking it the first imports from the country in recent months. More


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For designer molecules, trick the electrons
Futurity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists have created the first system of "designer electrons" — exotic variants of ordinary electrons with tunable properties. The findings, from researchers at Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, may ultimately lead to new types of materials and devices. Their first examples, reported in the journal Nature, were handcrafted, honeycomb-shaped structures inspired by graphene, a pure form of carbon that has been widely heralded for its potential in future electronics. More



Insulation demand to grow 7.8 percent annually
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U.S. demand for insulation will rise 7.8 percent annually to $8.9 billion in 2016, according to new research. Growth will be stimulated by a rebound in building expenditure from a depressed 2011 base. Further growth will be fueled by changes in building codes and continuing consumer interest in reducing energy consumption and utility bills. Fiberglass insulation accounted for the largest share of insulation demand in 2011 with about half of the U.S. market. More


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Gravimetric Blender Innovation at NPE
Process Control will be showcasing advancements in their line of gravimetric continuous and batch blenders during NPE in April [Booth #2051]. The showcase will include the redesigned Guardian® Series 2 line of batch blenders, a new brushless drive package for continuous, and color touchscreens which will be standard on all blenders.
 
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