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New Paper Describes 1st-Ever Synthesis of Hyperbranched Polymers
Phys.org
A new paper by a team of researchers that includes Haifeng Gao, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, presents, for the first time, a one-pot, one-batch synthesis of hyperbranched polymers with tunablemolecular weights, uniform size and high degree of branching using an efficient click polymerization technique.
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Using Graphene to Toughen Rigid Poly(Vinyl Chloride)
SPE Plastics Research Online
Poly(vinyl chloride) — PVC — is widely used in many fields. Rigid PVC, however, has intrinsic problems (e.g., low-impact strength and low resistance to the propagation of microcracks) that hinder its practical application as a high-performance structural material. Finding a way to increase the toughness of rigid PVC is therefore an important issue in the development of high-performance PVC materials.
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Solving Mysteries of Conductivity in Polymers
Phys.org
Materials known as conjugated polymers have been seen as very promising candidates for electronics applications, including capacitors, photodiodes, sensors, organic light-emitting diodes, and thermoelectric devices. But they've faced one major obstacle: Nobody has been able to explain just how electrical conduction worked in these materials, or to predict how they would behave when used in such devices.
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$2.8 Million Research Grant Boosts the Search for 'Green Plastics'
University of Toronto Engineering
Paper or plastic? This seemingly mundane question captures one of our biggest sustainability challenges: Although paper is renewable and biodegradable, for many uses non-degradable plastic still wins out due to its resilience and versatility. Now, thanks to a new grant from the European Research Council, Professor Emma Master is searching for ways to get the best of both worlds.
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Amcor Expands in India With Flexible Packaging Purchase
Canadian Plastics
Australia-based packaging giant Amcor Ltd. is continuing to expand operations in India, acquiring Packaging India Private Ltd. for $26 million from Indian specialty packaging supplier Essel Propack Ltd. Founded in 1990, PIPL has three plants located in the North and South of India and produces flexible packaging products predominately for the food and personal care markets.
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Women in Plastics: Technology, Diversity Impact Industry Veterans
Plastics News
The women recently profiled in the July 20 print issue of Plastics News and online represent a wide range of businesses, positions and experiences. Some of the industry veterans spoke with Plastics News about how their experiences in the plastics industry have evolved over the years. Women represented 25.7 percent of people employed in plastics product manufacturing in 2013, according to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Programmed Polymers Degradation for Base Material Reuse
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Researchers from North Dakota State University have made a new kind of plastic using renewable feedstock. By introducing an appropriate phototrigger molecule into the polymer, the scientists were able to photodegrade the polymer – once again obtaining the base starting material.
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The Ban on Plastic Bags vs. the Ban on Bag Bans
New York Mag
Proponents of preemptively banning the bag ban argue that local bans create a confusing hodgepodge of regulation and that environmental fears over plastic bags are overblown. Others see the skirmish as part of a larger war: The unending fight to combat government tyranny and protect the American Way.
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Making the Case for Wine in Pouches
Plastics News
The pouch isn’t going to replace the iconic glass wine bottle anytime soon. But that’s OK, because there’s room at the table, at the bar and at the winery for both, according to one man who is keenly focused on promoting the pouch.
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Where the Rubber Meets the Plastic: Dutch Firm Plans Lego-Like Roads
NBC News
That plastic soft drink bottle you've stuck into your car's cupholder as you race down the road could see new life as part of the road itself. At least, that's the idea of a small company in The Netherlands that wants to replace conventional asphalt and concrete with prefabricated roads made out of recycled plastic.
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Will Pepsi Come in an Edible Can?
Environmental Leader
PepsiCo's "Creator" team, which aims to explore and co-creates new experiences for consumers, teamed up with agency Sparks & Honey to find out what kinds of beverages consumers want, The Drum reports. The report found sustainable packaging to be a key concern with 40 percent saying edible packaging should be an option. Some respondents say they would pay slightly higher prices for drinks with sustainable packaging.
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New Method Helps Cut Costs and Wastage in Bioplastic Production
AZoM
A team of researchers at the KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis has formulated a simple method to produce the bioplastic known as polylactic acid in a waste-free manner. PLA bioplastics are employed in several products used in daily life such as vegetable wrapping foil and biodegradable drinking cups. However, so far, they are not thought of as a 100 percent alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics as they cost more to produce.
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How GW Plastics Aims to be Just Like Starbucks
Plastics News
Routine and standardization is key for companies making safety critical medical and automotive parts. So it probably shouldn’t be too big of a surprise that GW Plastics takes those practices very seriously. But the company is taking it to the max. Not only do they have matching machines and processes, but identical lobbies for its facilities in Vermont, Arizona, Texas, Mexico and China.
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