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Solar Energy Expanding Plastic Application Development
By Don Rosato
Financial incentives, government renewable energy targets and technology cost reductions remain the three forces driving the adoption of solar power. Photovoltaic energy devices produce electricity that requires little or no maintenance, causes no pollution and does not deplete natural resources. Let's take a look at a few new solar energy plastic application developments.
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Enhancing the Properties of Low-Density Polyethylene Composites
SPE Plastics Research Online
Mechanical defibrillation of natural fibers is a method that can be used to advance the morphology and application of the fibers. In recent years the so-called Supermasscolloider (SMC), for ultra-fine grinding, has received much attention because of its good accessibility, ease of use, and affordability. Indeed, its potential for the generation of nanofibrils from pulp has been demonstrated. Cellulose nanofibrils were successfully produced by fibrillation of softwood pulp using a stone grinding method with the SMC.
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Study to Sort Out Hurdles of Recycling Flexible Packaging
Plastics News
A new study aimed at keeping flexible packaging out of landfills and getting it through recycling centers, where it can be recovered like the glass and aluminum containers it is replacing, is bringing together brand owners, manufacturers and other industry leaders. Flexible packaging is often blamed for gumming up the equipment at material recovery facilities so the initial phase of this first-of-its-kind study — called Materials Recovery for the Future — will monitor how these items move through sortation technologies, like screens and optical scanners, at recycling centers.
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Beer in Plastic Bottles? Mitsubishi Plastics Works to Make it Happen
The Wall Street Journal
A Japanese company has taken a small step forward in solving one long-standing problem for brewers: The inability to sell beer in plastic bottles. Mitsubishi Plastics Inc., said it has reached an agreement to provide one-liter plastic bottles to Kirin Co. The bottles include a special coating to prevent the quality of their contents from deteriorating. While some beer companies have experimented with using plastic bottles, it is extremely rare for a major Japanese brewery to do so, a spokesman at Mitsubishi Plastics said.
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Failure Analysis of a Glass-Filled Phenolic Resin Power-Steering Pump Pulley
Plastics Engineering
The authors investigated the fracture of a power-steering pump pulley associated with a fatal accident involving an automobile. The pulley, is made of a mineral- and glass fiber-filled phenolic thermoset resin (Bakelite). The pulley is mounted onto a triangular steel plate with a center boss that is then mounted onto the shaft of the power-steering pump
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Surgeons Implant 3-D Printed Sternum and Rib Cage in Spanish Cancer Patient
CSIRO and Anatomics have partnered to develop a 3-D printed titanium sternum implant for a patient suffering from chest wall sarcoma. The 54-year-old Spanish cancer patient had to have a part of his rib cage and his sternum replaced due to the chest wall sarcoma. This sarcoma is a type of cancer that grows around the rib cage. The rib cage cannot be recreated easily using prosthetics, as it has a complex geometry, and each patient requires a customized design.
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New Method for Modifying Natural Polymers Could Help Bring Lifesaving Medications to Market
In drug-delivery research, finding a pharmaceutically active molecule is only half the battle: The drug must also be able to safely reach its target. Xiangtao Meng, a fourth-year graduate student in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, has developed a new technique to make that easier. Meng devised a way to apply a famous class of chemical reactions to cellulose, a natural polymer often used for drug delivery. According to Kevin Edgar, a professor of sustainable biomaterials and Meng's doctoral adviser, the new method "can get drugs to market, and to patients, that would otherwise fail."
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The Big Business of Clever Recycling
Plastics are used in numerous aspects of daily life. They also account for a lot of garbage; according to the Environmental Protection Agency, in the U.S. alone, 33 million tons of plastic waste were generated in 2013 – that's nearly 13 percent of all municipal solid waste. In an effort to address this issue, California-based MBA Polymers has developed technology that it says enables it to recycle plastics from complex waste streams.
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Thermally Conductive Thermoplastic Polyester Deployed in Audi Lightweight LED Lighting Module
Plastics Today
A heat-conducting Arnite XL-T grade from DSM Engineering Plastics based on a thermoplastic polyester has found commercial application in an LED/HID lamp lighting module used in the new Audi Q7's headlight. The superior performance of the grade, with a heat deflection temperature (HDT) of 250°C, low outgassing and excellent textured surface finish in dark colors reportedly offer designers and engineers extended freedom in headlight LED lamp module construction.
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Sculpting a Conjugated Polymer Using DNA Origami
New research allows scientists to sculpt polymers into two- and three-dimensional shapes, similar to how polypeptides fold into functional three-dimensional shapes. This ability is particularly advantageous for conjugated polymers – polymers that have a networked pi-electron system – because they are conducting. Immobilizing and shaping conducting polymers is an important step in constructing molecular circuits.
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A Road Trip with A Plastics Point of View
Plastics News
Bioplastics maker MHG has sent out two road warriors to battle plastics pollution. On Sept. 2, Cesare Poccianti and Michele Sabatini left Florence, Italy, on an MHG-sponsored trip to raise awareness of global plastics pollution. The two travelers will go through 30 countries and cross the Himalayas before arriving in Singapore in mid-December. The trip will cover more than 9,000 miles.
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