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Highlighting novel material advances in wind energy
By Don Rosato
Wind energy provides significant growth opportunities for advanced composite resin and reinforcement materials. Wind energy developments hold much promise to help meet the growing global energy demand, and innovations in plastics and composites will play a key role. The long-term growth of wind energy requires technical innovation to make wind more competitive with other forms of energy. Let's take a look at some promising new plastics developments in wind energy.
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Improving the scratch-resistance of acrylic glass
SPE Plastics Research
Polymethylacrylate (PMMA) is transparent and is frequently used as an alternative to glass. However, it has poor tribological properties (such as indentation or scratch resistance) that limit its applications. Over the past couple of decades, the ability of functionalized (that is, with functional groups such as -COOH added to its surface by a chemical reaction) multiwalled carbon nanotubes (F-MWCNTs) to act as a filler and form nanocomposites with various polymers, improving their properties, has been extensively explored.
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Polymer nanocomposite properties enhanced with supercritical fluid treatment
SPE Plastics Research
In 1993, the Toyota research group revealed a major breakthrough by successfully preparing nylon 6/nanoclay composites with enhanced mechanical properties. Since then, researchers have thoroughly investigated thermoplastic nanocomposites to produce materials with superior barrier, thermal, flame-retardant, ablative, and mechanical properties.
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New material that prevents plastic from ageing offers huge environmental, cost savings for energy industry
Phys.org
When applied to plastic lining, this new technology for plastic can clean up exhaust gases from power plants much more effectively than existing methods. Currently, the techniques industry uses to separate out raw materials such as gases, liquids and solids are extremely energy-intensive, accounting for 40 percent of the world's energy use each year.
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How to build a biobased copolymer
Chemical & Engineering News
By combining biosynthesis expertise with polymer synthesis and engineering skills, a University of Minnesota research team has laid the groundwork for producing copolymers that have a wide range of properties and applications and are made entirely from sugar-derived building blocks. The new materials are the first biobased block copolymers with the potential to go stride-for-stride in cost and performance with petroleum-based polyester elastomers and hard plastics.
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Highlighting novel material advances in wind energy
By Don Rosato
Wind energy provides significant growth opportunities for advanced composite resin and reinforcement materials. Wind energy developments hold much promise to help meet the growing global energy demand, and innovations in plastics and composites will play a key role. The long-term growth of wind energy requires technical innovation to make wind more competitive with other forms of energy. Let's take a look at some promising new plastics developments in wind energy.

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4-D printing to allow for shape-changing dress materials
The Economic Times
Scientists are developing 4-D printing technology to pave the way for "smart" materials that can change shape by themselves. Researchers are combining different types of plastics and fibers to create "smart" materials that change shape when they come into contact with stimuli such as heat or water. Objects designed in this way can expand, fold or unfurl into predesigned forms after being printed, in a process dubbed 4-D printing, The Times reported.

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Medical breakthrough: Bioengineered heart tissue
By Karen SC Ashley
For patients with heart damage, the best treatment option right now is an organ transplant. But even then, the patient waiting list for an organ donor is seemingly endless. To confound matters, patients can encounter complications after heart transplantation. With new research, the ideal solution — repairing the heart — may soon be possible. To mimic the heart's powerful mechanical action, scientists needed to engineer an artificial cardiac tissue similar in elasticity and biological properties to the native heart.

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Global injection molding plastics market expected to reach $277.78 billion by 2020
Plastics Today
A new study released by Grand View Research claims that the global market for injection molded plastics is expected to reach $277.78 billion by 2020. Packaging is increasing the demand for the usage of plastics; for instance, the growing packaging industry in Asia is expected to be a key factor driving market demand over the next six years. In addition, the growing need for weight reduction in automobiles is also expected to augment the demand for plastics as a substitute to metal which in turn is expected to increase the demand for injection molded ABS and polypropylene.
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Google's autonomous cars to present plastic front
European Plastics News
Google will launch its own fleet of autonomous vehicle prototypes — with no steering wheels and no gas or brake pedals, but a foam front end and plastic windshield — as the technology giant begins a new phase of its self-driving car project. Google designed the car and plans to have about 100 test vehicles that are fully autonomous with extra safety features, company co-founder Sergey Brin said during a conference hosted by technology blog Re/code in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
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Scientists developing electronic skin
Phys.org
Once a topic explored exclusively in science fiction, the notion of restoring sensory feelings to humans and to machines is now approaching reality. Scientists around the world are developing artificial organs such as bionic eyes that could potentially restore sensory feelings to the disabled or provide useful sensory capabilities to machines. Now electronic skin is being developed in an attempt to bring a sense of touch to robots and those who wear prosthetics. If the field advances even further, it could even be used in wearable technology.
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Polymer nanoflower encapsulates 2 cancer drugs to hit tumors with more punch
Medgadget
Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a "nanoflower" made out of a hydrophilic polymer that carries camptothecin and doxorubicin directly into cancer cells. The hydrophobic drugs are encapsulated within the polyethylene glycol structure similarly to how proteins fold in on themselves. At about 50 nanometers in diameter, the nanoflowers can be injected into the bloodstream to seek out cancer cells.
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This 3-D printed cast will revolutionize how we mend our broken bones
PolicyMic
Meet the Osteoid, a medical cast and bone stimulator that relies on ultrasonic vibrations to speed up the process of healing bones. While the idea of vibrational therapy is not new, 3-D printing can allow doctors and technicians to create casts with a perfect, custom fit, which can be placed directly on the patient's skin. The cast will allow low-intensity, pulsed ultrasound bone stimulation, which has been shown to speed up healing.
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Tighter supply lifts polymer prices
European Plastics News
European standard thermoplastic producers targeted higher prices in May in a bid to improve their unsatisfactory profit margins. While the price trend was upward across the board, producers did not achieve the sizeable increases they had wanted during the first half of the month. Converters were reluctant to pay prices significantly higher than the rise in feedstock costs.
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US reports strong first-quarter plastics machinery shipments
Plastics News
The resilient plastics machinery sector was not hurt by the harsh winter weather that slammed the U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2014, according to the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. The first-quarter machinery numbers did decline from the fourth quarter of 2013 — a natural occurrence, since historically the fourth quarter is usually the strongest period, as companies rush to fill their capital spending budgets and take advantage of tax considerations.
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New caps give Coke bottles '2nd Lives'
Plastics News
In Asia, Coca-Cola Co., is handing out unusual bottle caps that turn empty plastic bottles into totally new objects, like paintbrushes, water squirt guns, lamps and pencil sharpeners. The beverage giant partnered with advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather China on the "2nd Lives" campaign offering 16 screw-on caps in the brand's signature red color.
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Turning greenhouse gases into mobile phone cases
The Guardian
A California-based tech company has come up with something far cooler than just turning dull metal into shiny metal. Using a proprietary "biocatalyst" machine, Newlight Technologies has devised a way of taking greenhouse gas from the atmosphere and turning it into plastic pellets. The AirCarbon technology promises not only to reduce the use of petroleum in plastic manufacturing, but to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at the same time. The net result could be a "whole new paradigm for how plastics impact the world," says Mark Herrema, Newlight's co-founder and chief executive.
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Beverage industry seeks savings through short-neck closures
Plastics Today
Bottled water consumption is growing rapidly in Asia and, simultaneously, there are pressures from brand owners on sustainability and packaging cost. One avenue available to assist in these dual aims is to adopt one-piece short-neck closures. Targeting this opportunity, Borouge recently developed two high stress crack resistance HDPE grades for caps and closures. "These grades may make their mark in particular in Southeast Asia and China, where summer temperature are high," notes Wim Roels, CEO of Borouge. "They would enable the use of short-neck closures in carbonated beverage packaging."
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