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Exciton research rewrites design rules for polymers
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Lin X. Chen at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is taking a fresh approach to improving organic solar cells by investigating the exciton, a "quasi-particle" few other researchers have focused on in the quest to help this promising yet seemingly lab-bound technology break out into the real world. More


Toward low-friction, low-wear polycarbonate
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Polycarbonate is a high-molecular-weight, amorphous engineering thermoplastic that has exceptionally high-impact strength over a wide temperature range. PC is of great practical interest, being employed in a wide variety of applications. Despite its wide and expanding use, poor wear and scratch resistance restrict its applications, so there is increasing demand for new low-friction, low-wear materials that could improve its efficiency and operational life. More

Understanding the mechanical and electrical performance of organic solar cells
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Conjugated polymers are used in organic solar cells, which compared to inorganic solar cells are more flexible and lightweight. However, low efficiency, stability and lifetime are major difficulties with OSCs. Adding small amounts of carbon nanotubes can increase the strength and elastic modulus of polymer composites, and blends of carbon nanotubes and polymer have been used to develop ultrastrong lightweight materials and OSCs. More

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Nanotube paint reveals plane wing strain
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VideoBrief A new type of paint made with carbon nanotubes can help detect strain in buildings, bridges and airplanes. The Rice University scientists call their mixture "strain paint" and are hopeful it can help detect deformations in structures like airplane wings. The study details a composite coating they invented that could be read by a handheld infrared spectrometer. More

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Building nanographene by organic synthesis
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Japanese scientists are making tiny fragments of graphene using direct cross-coupling of C-H bonds to determine what effect size and edge geometry have on the properties of carbon materials. By bolting together aromatic hydrocarbons, they can build nanographene fragments with defined shapes in an attempt to relate geometry to performance. More

Carbon is key for getting algae to pump out more oil
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Overturning two long-held misconceptions about oil production in algae, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory show that ramping up the microbes' overall metabolism by feeding them more carbon increases oil production as the organisms continue to grow. More

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Rubbermaid refreshes brand
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Rubbermaid made its name on durable plastic containers. It now wants to be known for more. From bathroom cleaning supplies to decorative living room organizers to lunch-sized travel kits, the company that sold utilitarian trash cans and garage storage bins has moved away from an all-plastic portfolio. It's added color. It's no longer trying to sell everything to everyone. And it's finally defined its customer. More

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UPS to put 150 plastic-body trucks into service
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After a yearlong field test in five regions, United Parcel Service has ordered the production of 150 delivery trucks with bodies built of composite plastic panels. The company said that relative to the aluminum-bodied P70 package car, as the company's equivalent vehicle is known, each plastic-body truck would lower fuel consumption by 40 percent. More

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Economic woes in Europe, Japan lift Malaysia's plastics export
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While a weak domestic market has hurt Malaysia's plastics processors, economic problems in Europe and Japan have actually given them an unexpected lift as companies are outsourcing more to Malaysia to reduce their own costs, a top official in the country's plastics trade association said. More

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Faster, cheaper gas and liquid separation using custom designed and built mesoscopic structures
Kyoto University via PhysOrg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In what may prove to be a significant boon for industry, separating mixtures of liquids or gasses has just become considerably easier. Using a new process they describe as "reverse fossilization," scientists at Kyoto University's WPI Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences have succeeded in creating custom designed porous substances capable of low-cost, high-efficiency separation. More

Recycling of polypropylene
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Polypropylene is a polymer plastic that is a member of the "polyolefin" family — polymers produced from alkenes. It is a highly versatile material that has many beneficial physical properties, and most importantly, it is also recyclable. To make recycling of polypropylene economically viable, several factors must be taken into account. More

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Hydrogel electronics make debut    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new type of hydrogel could make for high-performance, energy-storage electrodes and biosensors. So say researchers at Stanford University who have developed a porous, nanostructured material based on the conducting polymer polyaniline that has excellent electronic and electrochemical properties. More

From curiosity to commercialization of nanocomposite polymer
University of Queensland via Nanowerk News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A quest to explore new research fields brought Darren Martin to Queensland, Australia, 12 years ago. Little did he realize his work would go on to impact areas as diverse as wastewater treatment, high-performance engineering and sporting goods. TenasiTech, the startup company formed based on Martin's research, recently received $1.4 million in additional funding to begin developing a range of products. More

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