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BASF building better cars through chemistry
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When the North American International Auto Show kicks off, a 4,500 square-foot exhibit by BASF will showcase products like all plastic wheels, plastics so heat resistant they can be used in engine parts and other wonders of their surprisingly effective application of chemistry to the production of better, lighter cars. More


Enhanced crystallization of polylactide by adding a multiamide compound
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Polylactide has attracted considerable attention due to its excellent properties of renewability, biodegradability, biocompatibility, high strength, and modulus compared with conventional petroleum-based polymers. But although PLA has so many advantages, materials based on it crystallize slowly and are difficult to process. In fact, PLA articles remain almost amorphous under practical processing and molding techniques. The strength and stiffness of amorphous PLA decrease rapidly at temperatures over 60°C. These properties have limited the expansion and diversification of PLA applications. More

Improving biodegradable polymer nanocomposites
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Natural source poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate)—referred to in this article as P34HB—is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester produced by numerous bacteria. It has good toughness and process properties when compared with poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) because of the chain of four hydroxybutyrate groups it includes. Due to its good toughness, biodegradability, and biocompatibility, it has been widely used in the fields of biomedicine and the environment. However, low mechanical strength and poor crystallizability have limited its application. More

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Bridge made from recycled plastic bottles
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We've seen recycled bottles turned into car seats for Ford's 2012 Focus electric vehicle. And we've seen plans by Boeing to recycle composites used in its Dreamliner plane for nonstructural uses in aircraft. Now recycled bottles and other plastic products destined for landfills have been turned into structural, weight-bearing elements of a 90-foot heavy-load bridge in Scotland. More

Looking back at plastics in 2011
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2011 was a turbulent year for many industries, with financial problems threatening the security of countries across the Eurozone. However, a look back at the world of plastics for the past 12 months demonstrates a number of reasons to stay positive, with many countries looking to emerging markets, particularly Asia, for growth. More

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Gas subsidies threaten Saudi petrochemicals
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Natural gas is currently offered to producers at a fixed subsidised rate of 75 cents per million British thermal units even as consumption outweighs supply. The price, however, was set at 1998, when crude was at $13 a barrel, compared with more than $100 today. The petrochemicals sector is part of Saudi Arabia's government strategy to diversify the economy and reduce its dependence on petrodollars. The government has been unable to provide sufficient quantities, however, to keep up with the needs of a growing economy. More

Living in a materials world
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The next quarter century will undoubtedly see an acceleration of the existing trend towards the use of advanced composite materials in junction and control boxes, thinks Graham Fox of electrical engineering firm Cee-Norm. Stronger and lighter than steel enclosures, plastics are cheaper to manufacture, cheaper to install, and in the case of the second- and third-generation materials now being used, at least equal in safety. More

Oil price would skyrocket if Iran closed the Strait of Hormuz
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If Iran were to follow through with its threat to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit route for almost one-fifth of the oil traded globally, the impact would be immediate: Energy analysts say the price of oil would start to soar and could rise 50 percent or more within days. More

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Manufacturing economic activity expands again, although plastics contracted
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December 2011 marked the 29th consecutive month that economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded, according to the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management Report on Business. That positive outlook notwithstanding, of the 18 manufacturing industries tracked by the ISM, only nine reported growth in December, and none of those was in the plastics category. More

Polymer scientist creates grime-fighting garments that purify air
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It is an unlikely collaboration: She is a fashion designer whose creations have been worn by Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince while he is a world-renowned polymer chemist. But together, Helen Storey and Tony Ryan are fusing style and substance to create clothes that purify the air we breathe. Their "Catalytic Clothing" venture makes use of existing self-cleaning technology found in paints and glass which employ photocatalysts to break down harmful airborne pollutants like nitrous oxide emitted by cars and factories. More

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BASF invests $30 million in Renmatix
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The German chemical giant BASF has invested $30 million in Renmatix Inc., a Pennsylvania early-stage company that produces industrial sugars from wood and other nonfood plant materials that can be used to make chemicals, the companies said. The investment by BASF, the world's largest chemical manufacturer based on 2010 revenue, represents a significant vote of confidence for Renmatix. More

Metabolix makes a plastic that fully biodegrades in the ocean
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Keeping litter out of the ocean isn't easy, though, and most biodegradable plastics don't break down well in marine environments—they require the relative warmth of soil or a compost heap. A new plastic on the market degrades quickly both on land and in seawater. Polyhydroxyalkanoate plastic, better known as PHA, has been around in labs for decades but became commercially available only in October 2010 through a joint venture between Metabolix and Archer Daniels Midland. More

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Novel polymer nanowire fabrication technology uses pulsed laser irradiation
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Polymer nanowires have important advantages for industrial applications in comparison with nanowires made from inorganic materials. Because they are extremely flexible and are also optically transparent, wide application is expected in new nanodevice fields such as sensors, light-emitting devices, optical switch devices and others. More

Borealis and Borouge to demonstrate how polyolefin innovations benefit new applications
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Borealis and Borouge, leading providers of innovative plastics solutions, will highlight their latest developments across a broad range of applications and end-user industries at Interplastica 2012, the leading platform for plastic and rubber technology in Russia, from January 24-27 in Moscow. More

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Russia's WTO entry could shake up plastics sector
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The Russian polymers market is on the verge of big changes, due to the long-awaited accession of Russia into the World Trade Organization. As part of the agreement, within two to three years of accession Russia will reduce import duties on basic polymers from the existing 10 percent to 6.5 percent. However, duties on basic polymers including polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC in 2012 will remain at the current level. PET import duties will be reduced from 5 percent to 4 percent in 2013. More

Composite blade wind turbine project in Canada gets green light
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Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc. has signed an agreement with Siemens Canada Limited to supply up to 130 turbines for its 300 mega watt offshore wind power project on Lake Ontario, the first of its kind in Canada. Siemens will manufacture the turbine blades at its renewable energy plant in Tillsonburg, Ontario. More

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Gravimetric Blender Innovation at NPE
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