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Bioplastics in 2013: 5 trends to watch
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In the past, words like "affordable," "recyclable," "durable," "reliable" or "good processability" did not leap to mind when talking about bioplastics. But all that's changing — and changing fast. And as bioplastics continue to reinvent themselves, they are starting to make their mark on the plastics market and industry. So, what are the major developments to keep an eye on in 2013? More


Thermal stabilization ability of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanofillers
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The recent developments in thermoplastic nanotechnology using nanofillers have opened up the possibilities of enhancing the mechanical, chemical and thermal properties of polymers. Within the broad range of nanoparticles available, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes have become popular because of their organic-inorganic nature and easy incorporation into the polymer matrix. More


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Key factors affecting processing of natural fiber composites
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In recent years, industry has shown a growing interest in using natural fiber composites for nonstructural applications. Natural reinforcements have the advantage of being renewable, abundant, lighter and less expensive than synthetic fibers. Advanced processing techniques should be used to manufacture high-quality green composite parts. Liquid composite molding techniques like resin transfer molding or vacuum infusion have proven to be suitable for processing natural fiber/thermoset resin composites. More
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'Molecular levers' may make materials better
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In a forced game of molecular tug-of war, some strings of atoms can act like a lever, accelerating reactions 1000 times faster than other molecules. The discovery suggests that scientists could use these molecular levers to drive chemical and mechanical reactivity among atoms and ultimately engineer more efficient materials. More

Firm makes tools in exacting proportions
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As Paragon D&E President Dave Muir walks past the giant tool-making machinery on the floor of his plant, he points out heavy bronze and aluminum manifolds for oil wells sitting next to lightweight hulls for Yamaha Waverunners. Nearby is a giant metal doughnut-shaped mold used to create composite parts for jet engines, a molded plastic door for the front of a house and several wheeled trash containers. "The common element is they are all made with huge machinery that's highly accurate," says Muir More

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Flexible, light solar cells could provide new opportunities
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Researchers have produced a new kind of photovoltaic cell based on sheets of flexible graphene coated with a layer of nanowires. The approach could lead to low-cost, transparent and flexible solar cells that could be deployed on windows, roofs or other surfaces. More

Low-cost MEMS fabrication using injection molding
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Researchers in Japan have devised a microelectromechanical system, or MEMS, fabrication technology using printing and injection molding, fabrication of large-area devices with low capital investment, without a vacuum process and lower production costs. Thus, MEMS devices can be made and applied for fields where manufacturing cost has been an issue, such as lighting. More

Optimizing materials selection in automotive and aerospace structures
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Advanced materials analyst Ross Kozarsky of Lux Research in Boston looks at composites and competing metals in the multimaterial car of the future. For the automotive and aerospace markets, Kozarsky's firm has targeted several technologies: carbon fiber composites, nanocrystalline metals, and additive manufacturing. More

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Scientists turn low-value soy mash into high-value succinic acid
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The humble soybean could become an inexpensive new source of a widely used chemical for plastics, textiles, drugs, solvents and as a food additive. In 2004, the Department of Energy named succinic acid, usually drawn from petroleum, as 1 of 12 "platform" chemicals that could be produced from sugars by biological means and turned into high-value materials. More

Unilever to phase out 'microplastics' by 2015
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Unilever, the maker of Vaseline, Axe deodorants and Dove soaps, among other cosmetic and hygiene products, says it will phase out the use of microplastics by 2015. Many soaps, skin scrubs and shower gels contain microplastics, which are tiny polyethelene beads. Scientists and environmental groups are concerned that they contribute to polluting oceans. More

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Eagle Ford behind expected Texas petchems, plastics exports growth
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Fueled by cheap natural gas liquids from the Eagle Ford Shale — primarily ethane — Texas' petrochemical industry will export 33 percent more ethylene and more finished plastics overseas by 2017, a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said. Ethylene is made by cracking ethane found in the natural gas stream and is a basic building block for vinyl and polyethylene plastics. More

Cured-in-place pipe: Trenchless trends
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It goes by several aliases: Trenchless technology, in-situ pipe repair, pipe-within-a-pipe. By any name, the underground construction rehabilitation market is a boon to motorists, who suffer fewer delays and take fewer detours. A variety of CIPP products are enabling the rehabilitation, rather than excavation and replacement, of underground pipe for wastewater and drinking water. More


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