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Watch plastic break, bleed and heal itself    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief Self-healing materials bring with them the promise of scratched touch screens that fix themselves, broken circuits that start working again and even buildings that are able to fill any cracks that appear in their structure unaided. What you may not have realized is in order for these healing processes to happen, those materials end up reacting a lot like our skin and blood does after an injury. More


Carbon nanotube-reinforced epoxy composites for wind turbine blades
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Wind energy is currently the fastest-growing installed alternative-energy production technology. The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal for the U.S. to meet at least 20 percent of its energy needs with wind-generated electricity by 2030. In order to meet that target, the wind industry is focused on developing larger blades, since wind turbine energy output increases with the square of the rotor radius. More

Dispersion in nanocomposites
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For any nanocomposite, dispersion of filler particles is key. Yet for nanocomposites with conductive fillers, perfect dispersion is to be avoided since this would isolate each filler particle. Moreover, electrical conductivity could only happen at very high filler volume fractions. Fortunately, the rubber industry has long known that roughly spherical macrofillers such as carbon black will spontaneously re-agglomerate in a viscous melt that is not stirred. More

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Biodegradable plastic developed by scientists
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Scientists have developed a kind of plastic that can decompose in two months when exposed to sunlight. A three-member team from the Institute of Chemical Technology-Matunga, has developed oxodegradable polymer by combining plastic granules with a catalyst, which helps plastic break down into a smaller chains in the presence of sunlight. More

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Green fuel from carbon dioxide and hydrogen?
University of Freiburg via R&D Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to researchers at the University of Freiburg in Germany, it is beyond dispute that carbon dioxide has an effect on global warming as a greenhouse gas. But we still pump tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every day. A research team at the Freiburg Materials Research Center led by the chemist Dr. Ingo Krossing has now developed a new system for producing methanol that uses CO2 and hydrogen. More

DOE sponsors plastic, carbon fiber research
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As part of the Obama administration's blueprint for an American economy built to last, the Department of Energy has announced investments that support American leadership and global competiveness in manufacturing, including some plastics-related research. The DOE awarded more than $54 million for 13 projects across the country to advance transformational technologies and materials. More

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Plastic currency idea not expected to sell in US
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Plastic currency, longer lasting and harder to counterfeit than paper bills, is appearing in more and more countries. The technology to make what's called polymer currency has been around since the 1980s, when Australia pioneered it, but don't look for it anytime soon in the U.S. More

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Rising costs in China drive manufacturing back to the United States
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As major multinational firms increasingly move work out of China to get away from that country's rapidly rising costs, some voices are predicting a minirenaissance for manufacturers in mature markets like the United States. While there are signs U.S. manufacturing is benefiting, executives from some multinationals and the plastics supply chain suggest a more nuanced picture is emerging of which places, if any, could become the next go-to manufacturing hot spots. More

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Polypropylene takes center stage in medical market
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Polypropylene is one of the materials moving to the front lines in the battle to find more cost-effective and environmentally friendly medical applications. Polypropylene lacks the heat resistance and structural properties of polycarbonate, the impact resistance of polyester, the radiation resistance of polystyrene or polyethylene, or the flexibility or soft feel of flexible polyvinyl chloride, but it has a good balance of those properties. More

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A cheap magnetic field sensor from 'plastic paint'
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University of Utah physicists developed an inexpensive, highly accurate magnetic field sensor for scientific and possibly consumer uses based on a "spintronic" organic thin-film semiconductor that basically is "plastic paint." More

Organic solar cells 1 step closer to success
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Organic solar cells have long been a promising alternative to conventional solar cells, but their low efficiency, low stability and low strength have kept them from widespread commercial use. Senior chemist Lin Chen of the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory hopes to change that by focusing on a key component of the cells, the exciton. More

Taking hybrids for a spin to generate electricity from sunlight
Brookhaven National Laboratory via R&D Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists working at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory together with their colleagues at Syracuse University recently demonstrated precision control in a hybrid composed of light-absorbing quantum dots and a conjugated polymer — two types of semiconducting materials that have been widely studied for photovoltaic and other optoelectronic applications and biosensors. More

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Researchers develop low-cost catalyst using carbon nanotubes
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A research team headed by Hongjie Dai from Stanford University has synthesized a multiwalled carbon nanotube complex comprising cylindrical carbon sheets, which can be helpful in reducing the cost of catalytic converters, fuel cells and other energy-related technologies by providing an economical replacement for high-cost platinum catalysts. More

Boron finally gets a triple bond
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An elite chemical club has a new member, after a team in Germany found a way to link two boron atoms together with a stable triple bond. Boron joins carbon and nitrogen as one of the few elements in the periodic table known to form stable compounds featuring triple bonds. More

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