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Trends and frontiers in graphene-based polymer nanocomposites
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This article will appear in the January 2011 issue of Plastics Engineering magazine.

Polymers have been combined with other plastics to form blends, mixed with talc and clay to give filled systems, and extruded and molded with fibers and other anisotropic reinforcements to yield composite and hybrid materials. This simple "mix and match" approach has allowed the plastics engineer to utilize a small library of polymers to produce a bewildering array of useful products capable of possessing extremes of property values.


Rheological structure of silver nitrate micro-emulsions
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Micro-emulsions are thermodynamically stable isotropic dispersions of organic and polar phases with nanometer dimensions that are stabilized by an interfacial film of one or more surface-active agents (surfactants). Their nanostructures are useful as medium for synthesis of inorganic and polymeric nanoparticles with average diameters from 5 to 50nm. More

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Using yeast to build a better plastic
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Dr. Richard Gross, professor of chemical and biological science at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, has developed a method for producing a strong, highly ductile bioplastic using yeast and one of nature's simplest building blocks: fatty acids of plant oils. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. More

Spot prices for propylene rise across the globe
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Spot propylene prices have moved higher in Europe, Asia and the U.S. recently based on healthy demand as well as supply limitations in Europe and Asia due to a naphtha shortage. The continuous increases seen over the past week in the upper end of the upstream chain were amongst other factors pushing spot propylene prices up in these regions. More

Oil prices climb
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Crude-oil futures gained more ground on relief that China, one of the world's global economic motors, refrained from hiking interest rates over the weekend despite rising inflation. Stronger equities markets also provided some support to oil futures. More

Bayer shifts PC business to China; plans €1 billion investment there in plastics
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In an acknowledgement that the majority of the world's polycarbonate demand stems from plastics processors in the Asia/Pacific region, and will for years to come, one of the leading suppliers of the materials, Bayer MaterialScience, is shifting the headquarters of its global polycarbonate activities from the company headquarters in Germany to Shanghai. More

Accurate Color. On Time. Every Time.

New materials are often used in consumer applications that demand an array of complex colors to match emerging trends. X-Rite offers measurement tools that allow manufacturers to precisely measure and communicate color in all forms and shapes of material along with software that permits quick recalibration as trends shift.

Extrude better product at lower cost with improved plastic tube line
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Auxiliary equipment manufacturer Conair has made a number of changes to its cooling tank and other downstream equipment and controls, all geared to help processors of plastics tubing improve process stability, and provide stricter control of wall thickness, ovality and cut-to-length tolerances. More

Study finds BPA on money
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A new report says BPA, the controversial hormone disrupting chemical widely used in plastics, is turning up in an unlikely place – the money in your wallet. Researchers suggest that BPA is rubbing off cashier receipts and onto bills, according to a report titled "On The Money: BPA on Dollar Bills and Receipts," published by the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Washington Toxics Coalition. More

Euro bounces on sovereign buys; debt woes linger
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The euro trimmed losses against the dollar this week, helped by East-European and Latin-American demand but hampered by uncertainty about how the euro zone would deal with its debt problems. Trading volumes were reduced by the approach of the year-end, while few investors were willing to take on big positions before a Federal Reserve meeting this week and a European Union summit on Thursday and Friday. More

Suppliers back in price vise: Automakers seek reductions as sales rebound
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Vehicle sales are rebounding and so are automaker demands for price cuts from suppliers. In a note last week from JPMorgan Chase & Co., analysts said executives with supplier Johnson Controls Inc. said it was facing intensified price-reduction requests. More

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