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Bio-inspired plastic self-heals
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The development of self-healing materials has surged forward as scientists have taken inspiration from biological systems. Researchers at the University of Illinois have found a way to pump healing fluids around a material like the circulation of animal's blood. Materials that could repair themselves as they crack would have uses in civil engineering and construction. More


SPE Akron Section hosts Oct. 17 MiniTec
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The SPE Akron Section will host a MiniTec on "Nanotechnology Development and Commercial Activities in Ohio" on Monday, Oct. 17, at the Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill Street, from noon to 6:30 p.m. The lead speaker will be Art Fritts of NanoSperse, who will be followed by six more speakers. A panel discussion, tabletop/literature displays, and a networking social hour will follow. Cost is $80 for member and/or guest, $25 for student. Tabletop display is $100. Make your reservations by noon on Friday, Oct. 14: contact Mark Holtman at or +1 330-972-6008. More

Effect of clay on the electrical strength of epoxy/clay nanocomposites
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Polymer nanocomposites are prized for their excellent electrical insulation properties and, consequently, find various applications in the electrical power industry. Epoxy resins—commonly used thermoset plastics—are an indispensable material in power equipment such as dry transformers and rotating machines. Adding a small amount of clay to the resin improves the insulating properties of the material compared to the base polymer. Further improvement results when clay layers are completely delaminated to form exfoliated nanocomposites. More

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Feed enhancement technology for twin-screw compounding of low-bulk-density material
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The co-rotating fully intermeshing twin-screw extruder is the primary production unit for compounding polymer-based material. To be competitive, a compounding firm must process a wide variety of formulations into finished products at the lowest conversion cost (cents/pound) possible. One conundrum for the company is that each year an increasing number of these formulations contain one or more low-bulk-density raw materials, such as some types of talc and graphite. More

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Reaping oil from discarded plastic
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Could oil companies soon be picking up your trash? Agilyx, an Oregon-based start-up, says it has created a system that converts discarded plastic into crude oil. A prototype has been in development for 18 months, and the company says it hopes to start selling commercial versions in about nine months. The system, an assembly of pipes and vessels that will cost around $5 million, essentially cooks plastics into a gas and then condenses the vapor into a soup of long-chain hydrocarbons that can subsequently be converted into diesel, jet fuel or other substances. More

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Plastics pioneer Eric Ross donates $17 million to Holocaust museum
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Eric Ross, who founded a Newark, N.J., company that eventually became compounder AlphaGary Corp., never forgot his roots as a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. Ross, who died a year ago at age 91, was a longtime supporter of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Earlier this week, the museum announced that it received a $17.2 million gift from Ross — the largest in the institution's history. More

Study: Developing world to drive consumer flexible packaging growth
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Driven by strong growth in developing countries, the global consumer flexible packaging market is worth $58.3 billion in 2011 and is forecast to $71.3 billion by 2016, according to a report from market research firm Pira International. According to the firm's new "Future of Global Flexible Packaging to 2016" study, the tonnage for the global consumer flexible packaging market is projected at 18.1 million in 2011 and is forecast to reach 22.5 million tons by 2016. More

Researchers find recipe for 'perfect plastic'
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Researchers have solved a long-standing problem that could revolutionize the way new plastics are developed. The breakthrough, involving researchers at Durham University and the University of Leeds, will allow experts to create the "perfect plastic" with specific uses and properties by using a high-tech "recipe book." It will also increase our ability to recycle plastics. The research paper is published in the prestigious journal Science. More

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Solving a tangled polymer problem
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Researchers have cracked a long-standing problem in polymer processing by developing a mathematical model that can predict the flow properties of molten polymers that contain complex mixtures of branched molecules of different sizes and shapes. The work could open the way to developing a sophisticated 'recipe book' for polymer scientists, allowing them to tailor the synthesis of polymers to build in desired properties for processing. More

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South China firms face slump
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South China's mold-making and injection molding companies are headed for a sharp consolidation this year as slumping worldwide demand and rising costs hit hard, with leading firms gaining business while others struggle, according to interviews at the recent Asiamold trade fair in Guangzhou. More

Shale gas gives plastics sector new lease on life
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North American petrochemical companies are banking on the continent's shale gas revolution to revitalize the hard-pressed industry, which is now planning to spend billions on new projects. Leading the charge is Nova Chemicals, a Calgary-based company that has secured a crucial lifeline for its sprawling Ontario chemical complex through access to the prolific Marcellus natural gas fields in the United States. More

Injection molding: BASF, Arburg team up for energy-efficient molding demonstration
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The plastics supplier and the manufacturer of injection molding machinery announced they will install and run an injection molding cell during next month's Fakuma trade show to illustrate for plastics processors measures for increasing energy efficiency in injection molding throughout the entire value chain, from pellet to part. Using a specially-optimized grade of BASF's plastic and the appropriate machine technology, the two companies will demonstrate how new developments can work together to reduce an injection molder's energy bill. More

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Rhode Island laws could power turnaround in renewable energy market
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The field of 1,650 photovoltaic panels at Toray Plastics (America) is the largest solar energy array in the state. Shimmering under a cloudless sky on this September day, it covers three acres and produces more than twice the power of any other system in Rhode Island that uses sunlight to generate electricity. More

Green resins: Growng up
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The greening of the global economy, carbon footprint sensitivity, increased emphasis on sustainable systems, and the evolution of product lifecycle analysis have led many thermoset resin manufacturers away from the oil-and-gas wellhead and back to the farm. Indeed, resin feedstock derived from plants, just a novelty a few years ago when CT last explored this market, is now a full-fledged product line, and one that is apparently here to stay. More

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