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Scientists use artificial womb for research into embryos
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Scientists at Nottingham University in England have developed an artificial womb to aid research into how early embryos develop. The new device is effectively a soft polymer bowl that mimics the tissue of a mammal's uterus in order to grow mouse embryos outside the body for long enough to observe the embryo developing in the vital first eight days of life. More


Achieving robust thermoplastic vibration welds: Insights from numerical simulations
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Vibration welding offers a robust method of physically joining thermoplastics without employing an external heat source or adhesives. The technique can be used for relatively stiff plastics to make complex hollow assemblies from simpler injection-molded objects. Accounting for resin flow behavior in a process model can offer important guidelines for maximizing weld strength by tailoring resin properties and optimizing welding conditions. More

Improved biodegradability and mechanical properties of modified starch blends
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The rapid increase of nonbiodegradable plastics is sharpening the conflict between rubbish and the environment. Biodegradable polymers are seen as the best substitute for traditional petroleum-based polymers and the most effective way to control excessive nondegradable plastic. Polylactic acid is an efficient way to reduce cost and improve the attributes of starch blends. More


Arlington Plastics Machinery will be BUYING and SELLING used plastics equipment at NPE 2012. Most booths will only be selling, Arlington will be… MORE
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'Power Felt' uses body heat to generate electricity
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A team of researchers has developed a new multi-layer CNT/polymer design and demonstrated that it has a greatly increased power output compared to previous designs. Among the many applications of flexible thermoelectric materials is a wristwatch powered by the temperature difference between the human body and the surrounding environment. More

Conductive polymers: Applications for electronic devices and sensors
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Conductive polymers have seen great advancement during the last two decades. Conducting polymers are extensively studied due to their remarkable electronic properties such as electrical conductivity, low-energy optical transitions, low ionization potential and high electron affinity. Their fundamental spectroelectrochemistry, and the applications to solar cells, biosensors and biofuel cells have been extensively explored by laboratories during the last decade. More

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Injectron adds solar-panel system at New Jersey plant
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Injectron Corp. recently covered its roof with a 1.5-megawatt solar-panel system as a way to cut its energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint. The project took about nine months and covers most of the roof of the 280,000-square-foot Plainfield facility. It takes advantage of the roof’s southern exposure, and any surplus power can be sold back to the grid. More

BASF acquires foam extrusion technology supplier
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In a bid to tap into Europe's wind-energy sector, BASF has purchased the PET foam business of Italy-based extrusion technology provider B.C. Foam S.p.A. The acquisition includes production facilities and intellectual property rights, BASF said in a press release, as well as a special extrusion process which enables the production of high-performance PET foams with very high densities. More

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Plastic technology contributes to sub-one-ton electrical sports car
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The performance data of the Lotus Elise-E lightweight electrical sports car that Evonik Industries presented at the recent Car Symposium in Bochum, Germany, are impressive, as is its extensive usage of performance plastics. The vehicle weighs just 950 kilograms, has a power of 150 kW, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. The sandwich structure with Rohacell polymethacrylimide structural foam and carbon fibers makes the body 60-70 percent lighter than a comparable steel structure. More

Ordered 2-D polymers created
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A team of scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, has succeeded for the first time in producing regularly ordered planar polymers that form a kind of molecular carpet on a nanometer scale. More

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The world's largest bottle-to-bottle plastic recycling plant opens in California
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California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined carbonLITE, a leading producer of bottle-grade raw material used to make new bottles, to announce the official grand opening of the world's largest bottle-to-bottle plastic recycling plant. Located in Riverside, Calif., the 220,000-square-foot plant has already created over 100 green jobs and will recover more than two billion plastic PET bottles annually from California's Curbside and Redemption Value programs. More

Robust approach for preparing polymer-coated quantum dots
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Quantum dots are tiny crystals of semiconducting material that produce fluorescence. The color or the wavelength of the fluorescence is dependent on the size, shape and composition of QDs. Larger QDs tend to emit light at the red end (longer wavelengths) of the electromagnetic spectrum. As the size of the QDs decrease, so does the wavelength of emitted light. This tunability of emission wavelength is one reason why QDs have become popular for use as fluorescent markers in biological research. More

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Rising oil prices push down profits at Bayer
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German chemicals and drugs group Bayer posted a 9 percent drop in fourth-quarter profits as price rises failed to offset soaring oil-derived raw materials costs at its plastics division. Bayer's MaterialScience unit, the world's top maker of foam chemicals and transparent plastics for car lights and sports goggles, reported a 64 percent slump in adjusted earnings. More

OPEC oil output rises to more than 3-year high
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OPEC oil output has risen to the highest level since October 2008 due to a further recovery in Libya's production, as well as higher supplies from Angola and Saudi Arabia, a Reuters survey found. Supply from all 12 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries averaged 31.23 million barrels per day in February, up from 30.95 million bpd in January, the survey of sources at oil companies, OPEC officials and analysts found. More

Nebraska plant to make bio-resins for plastics
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A Northeast Nebraska start-up company expects to break ground this spring on a commercial-scale plant that turns ag-based material into resins for the plastics industry. Last year, Laurel BioComposite LLC started making small batches of "Bio-Res" pellets from distillers grain, an ethanol byproduct. Laurel BioComposite said its pellets, which can be inserted directly into injection molders, are particularly suited for such end products as shipping pallets, automotive parts, components in ag machinery, and lawn and garden containers. More

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Medical musings: Focus tightens on scaffold plastics
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One of the Holy Grails of tissue engineering is development of a safe bioabsorbable material that can be engineered to meet specific implant demands. Several polymers are bioabsorbable, but lack the ability to be compressed for device delivery and then resiliently expand at the intended biological site. Or they lack sufficient porosity to promote adequate cellular ingrowth and proliferation. More

Nanowires heading in the right direction
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Scientists in Switzerland have controlled the supramolecular self-assembly of polymers to form nanofibrils that could be used as organic nanowires in electronic devices. Supramolecular self-assembly often relies on trial and error — the polymerisation could go in any direction — so scientists have been looking for ways to control it to get the structure they want. More

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Pellets made from plastic ocean scrap
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Production-run pellets made partially from plastic ocean litter have become a reality, thanks to 18 months of cooperation between packaging brand designer Method and recycler Envision Plastics Industries LLC. Method-brand products include household and personal-care items, but the company declined to name the product that will be made from the ocean scrap. More

Polymeric foams market faces subdued demand, future growth possible on manufacturer initiatives
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Though the polymeric foams market faces subdued demand in recent times, future growth would be favored by manufacturer initiatives such as introduction of classification-free PU foams, and emerging applications such as foamed PVC for windows, doors and house siding, and use of cross-linked polyolefin foam in sports and leisure goods, as per Global Industry Analysts, Inc. More

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