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Converting plastic back to the oil it came from
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It's one thing to make plastic from petroleum — that's pretty standard. It's another to reverse the process, and refuel your car with old plastic trash. That's one application for what the city of Akron, Ohio, is planning to do with its brand new facility built by Greenstar Recycling and Vadxx Energy. More


What can mimic a 'flight simulator' for polymerization reactors?
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Emulsion copolymerization is admittedly one of the most complicated polymerization reactions, as it involves many ingredients, in different phases, along with free radicals produced by initiator decomposition. It is a process in which an aqueous dispersion of a mixture of monomers (molecules that make up a polymer) is converted into a stable dispersion of polymer particles of diameter less than 0.5 microns (the synthetic latex). More

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Polyacrylonitrile/acrylamide-based carbon fibers prepared using solvent-free coagulation
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Carbon fibers possess outstanding mechanical properties such as high tensile strength and elastic modulus that make them excellent engineering materials for a wide range of applications. Examples include pressure vessels and turbine blades. The most widely employed CF precursor (i.e., starting material) is polyacrylonitrile because of its high carbon yield and the excellent performance of the resulting product. More

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Expanded SPE FastTrack training program offers plastics professionals intensive training options
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A new SPE FastTrack training program has just been announced. The topics have been designed to enhance injection molding, extrusion molding, blow molding and thermoforming knowledge levels regardless of tenure as a plastics industry professional. Produced by industry thought-leader Plastic Technologies, Inc., the SPE FastTrack training program will be held on Oct. 31 - Nov. 3,at the Chicago Hilton/Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, Ill. More

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Coming up next in biopolymers: Replacing commodity chemicals
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New biopolymers created the initial buzz in bioplastics. But making drop-in commodity chemicals from renewable feedstocks has captured the imagination of many in the chemical industry. More

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US manufacturing struggles to maintain growth
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The U.S. manufacturing sector slowed almost to a halt last month, but avoided its first contraction for two years, barely holding on to growth as global industrial activity fell across the board. The Institute for Supply Management's purchasing managers’ index slid to 50.6 in August from 50.9 in July, beating expectations that the sector would contract for the first time since July 2009. Readings above 50 signal expansion. More

Asian plastics prices close August on down note
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Plastics prices finished down last month across much of Asia, with the trend affecting a broad swath of the market. Lower oil prices pulled down the cost for some plastic feedstock materials' prices, and demand was soft as well as buyers across the region remain concerned about softness in the U.S. economy. More

Daimler and BASF show new Smart car
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Daimler's Smart car business and materials supplier BASF have given European Plastics News a preview of the new smart forvision electric drive concept car, ahead of the full press launch later this month at the IAA 2011 automotive industry fair in Frankfurt. More

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The first fully stretchable OLED
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Stretchable electronics promise video displays that could be rolled up and tucked into a shirt pocket, or cell phones that could swell or shrink. Electronic sheets that could be draped like cloth would be a boon for robotic skin and embedded medical devices. Now engineers at the UCLA have taken a step toward these handy electronics by creating the first fully stretchable organic light-emitting diode. More

Cottage country injection molder finds path to success
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It's funny how things live up to their name sometimes. Take Ontario-based contract injection molder Niigon Technologies Ltd. After 10 challenging years and a recent $10 million revamping, Niigon (Ojibway for "the future") is finally securing its own future. It wasn't easy - but then, Niigon has been unique from the word go. Situated on the shores of Georgian Bay, near Parry Sound, Niigon is wholly-owned by the Moose Deer Point First Nation. More

Global efforts to tackle marine debris stepped up
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The plastics industry started to address the high profile issue of marine debris in a structured way through a gathering of global plastics industry associations at the K Show in Dusseldorf, Germany, late last year. In March this year, a Joint Declaration on Marine Litter was inked at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii. More

Unique polymer degree planned
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The University of Southern Mississippi is planning for a unique undergraduate degree program in polymer sciences engineering, one that officials hope will attract more under-represented minorities into the field. More

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