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BPA in packaging: A lucrative past, a controversial present and a tentative future
Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bisphenol-A. Has an organic compound divided the world as much as this synthetic estrogen? While this chemical compound instills much controversy, anger, fear and frustration on one side, the other side merely sees it as a protector of food that helps packaging withstand the high temperatures of the sterilization process and, overall, increases products' shelf life. More


Evaluating nanocomposite structure in real time and by color
SPE Plastics Research Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nanocomposites are a new class of material that are filled with particles that are nanometer-sized in at least one dimension. Polymer-clay nanocomposites are well-studied systems in which the clay mineral aggregates are reduced to nanometer-scale lamellas, the thickness depending on the compatibility of the components. When compounding nanocomposites, the key challenge is exfoliation, that is dispersing clay particles uniformly into individual platelets. More

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Direct fabrication of periodic patterns on polymers using laser interference
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The fabrication of periodic structures at micron- and submicron-length scales provides surface-enhanced properties. In the past, several techniques, such as ion- and electron-beam lithography as well as laser writing, have been used to produce repetitive surface patterning. These methods normally require multiple steps and long processing times to fabricate the final micro- and submicrometer patterns, especially for processing large areas. More


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Plastic 'ninjas' take on deadly bacteria
IBM via PhysOrg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief For decades, bacteria like the stubborn methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus have concerned gym goers, hospital patients and staff, and parents of school children. MRSA is particularly worrisome because it is not contained and killed by commonly available antibiotics. But the answer to a health care issue that has long baffled doctors and medical scientists alike might come from an unlikely place. More

Air bubbles snap nanotubes like twigs
Rice University via Futurity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Carbon nanotubes are one of the most studied materials in nanotechnology. For well over a decade, scientists have used ultrasonic vibrations to separate and prepare nanotubes in the lab. But researchers have found carbon nanotubes, which are 100 times stronger than steel, can be snapped like a twig by tiny air bubbles. More

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Triazine boosts polymer energy storage
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A team of scientists from Germany and Japan have presented a new principle for storing energy in lithium ion batteries using a porous polymer framework. This could give these new batteries double the energy storage of conventional lithium ion batteries. More

Fuel cell keeps going after hydrogen runs out
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Imagine a kerosene lamp that continued to shine after the fuel was spent, or an electric stove that could remain hot during a power outage. Materials scientists at Harvard have demonstrated an equivalent feat in clean-energy generation with a solid-oxide fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electricity but can also store electrochemical energy like a battery. More

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  • US bioplastics demand growing 20 percent annually
    Plastics News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    U.S. demand for bioplastics will grow 20 percent annually through 2016 to reach 550 million pounds, according to a new market study. U.S. bioplastics sales will reach $680 million in 2016, thanks to technical innovations that enhance the properties of the materials and lower their price. More

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    Reports show manufacturing activity slowing, sluggish job growth
    Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Economists had projected that U.S. manufacturing would show a slowdown to 52 from 53.5 in May when the Institute for Supply Management released its report July 2. In fact, the news was much worse. The report of economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in June to 49.7 percent. More

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    Stretchable electronics can enable integration of medical devices into human body
    Northwestern University via AZoM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A team of researchers has created a design that enables development of highly stretchable electronics for medical applications. The design allows a device to stretch and bend over 200 percent of its original size, which is four times higher than the current technology. This is achieved by a combination of liquid metal and porous polymer. More

    Researchers: How dye-based nanotubes can help harvest light's energy
    MIT News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Companies that make commercial solar cells are happy if they can achieve 20 percent efficiency when converting sunlight to electricity; an improvement of even 1 percent is seen as major progress. But nature, which has had billions of years to fine-tune photosynthesis, can do much better. More

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    Physicists find elusive particle seen as key to universe
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Signaling a likely end to one of the longest, most expensive searches in the history of science, physicists said they had discovered a new subatomic particle that looks for all the world like the Higgs boson, a key to understanding why there is diversity and life in the universe. More

    Chemistry finally delivers long-promised self-cleaning lawn furniture
    Fraunhofer Institute via Discovery News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A team from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has created a titanium dioxide-doped polymer coating that kills germs and bacteria when exposed to sunlight. The coating works due to an electrochemical reaction that kicks in when ultraviolet light from the sun hits titanium dioxide, producing free radicals. More

    Color-changing paper sensor
    Chemistry World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Paper with the ability to change color in response to different ions, solvents and UV irradiation has been developed by U.S. scientists and could be used to develop faster and more stable chemical sensors. Paper has now been adapted by Hongyou Fan and co-workers at Sandia National Laboratories, who introduced this sensing property by incorporating polydiactylenes. More

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