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Plastics demand increasing, but supply outlook plentiful
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Worldwide demand for plastics will increase exponentially over the next five years, but with untapped oil and gas reserves and growing manufacturing capacity, the industry should be more than able to keep up, said Peter Davis, director general of the British Plastics Federation. The world consumed 205 million metric tons of plastics in 2011. About 99 percent of that was derived from fossil fuels, though plastics production only accounts for about 4 percent of overall fossil fuel usage. More


Toward more controlled, nanoscale barrier layers in packaging
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In recent years, there has been considerable interest in using thin inorganic coatings as barrier layers in the most demanding food packaging applications, such as dry and liquid packaging. The role of the barrier layer in the package is to prevent harmful gas/vapor transmission through the material, which would significantly affect the shelf-life of the packed food. More

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Carbon nanotube/polymer composite preparation with improved mechanical properties
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Tremendous interest has focused on carbon nanotubes and CNT-reinforced composite materials since their first discovery in 1991. Their nanoscale diameter, high aspect ratio, extremely high mechanical properties and low density make CNTs ideal candidates as reinforcing materials for polymer composites. Reaching a well-dispersed level of CNTs is important for good reinforcement and mechanical properties of the composites, but it is a great challenge due to the entanglement and aggregation of the nanotubes. More


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Deadline for paper submission has been extended for ANTEC Mumbai
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The deadline for submitting papers for ANTEC Mumbai has been extended to Sept. 14. You are invited to submit a paper in any of the following areas: advances in materials, advances in processing, advances in materials performance, advances in machinery and advances in rheology, modeling and simulation. More

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Trends in mechanical testing of medical plastics: An interview with Zwick/Roell
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Medical plastics are among the most exciting and fastest-growing areas of the specialty plastics market. AZoM's Editor-in-Chief Cameron Chai recently sat down with Erik Berndt, medical industry manager for Zwick/Roell, to discuss material testing trends in the medical plastics industry. More

Polymer coating allows nanoparticles to diffuse through the brain
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A new U.S. study has found a way of enabling larger nanoparticles than previously to penetrate brain tissues, which may provide a new means of delivering therapeutic drugs to brain tissues for targeted treatment of conditions such as brain tumors and strokes. More

Ohio company engineers plastic scaffolds for successful implants
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Use of plastic scaffolds seeded with stem cells is no longer strictly stuff of science fiction. The concept has moved from the research lab to human surgeries. Two American companies developed critical technologies for the world's first and second successful laryngotracheal implants using stem cells taken from the patients' own bone marrow. More

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Nanostructural polymer-based treatments to eliminate pathological bone formation in soft tissue
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After amputating a limb, unwanted new bone formation can cause pain and discomfort where a prosthesis is secured. A multidisciplinary research team led by Carnegie Mellon University is developing new nanostructural polymer-based treatments to eliminate pathological bone formation in soft tissue. More

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Moving microrobots with bubbles
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Microrobots smaller than the width of a human hair have been directed to assemble patterns made of single yeast cells and cell-laden agarose microgels using cavitation bubbles by a team from Hawaii. The robots could be used to push cells together to grow artificial tissue. More


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Report: Trade deficit hurting US manufacturing
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The continuing trade deficit continues to cost the United States manufacturing jobs, says the latest trade deficit report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. The latest trade deficit from MAPI said the U.S. global trade deficit in manufacturing rose by 7 percent, or by $15 billion, in the first half of 2012 compared with 2011, while the Chinese surplus soared by 24 percent, or by $67 billion. More

Plastic nanofibers made from waste cooking oil
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Bioplastics that are naturally synthesized by microbes could be made commercially viable by using waste cooking oil as a starting material. This would reduce environmental contamination and also give high-quality plastics suitable for medical implants, according to scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick. More

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Developing more efficient dye-sensitized solar panels
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Solar panels, like those commonly perched atop house roofs or in sun-drenched fields, quietly harvesting the sun's radiant energy, are one of the standard-bearers of the green energy movement. But could they be better — more efficient, durable and affordable? That's what engineers from Drexel University and The University of Pennsylvania are trying to find out, with the aid of a little nanotechnology and a lot of mathematical modeling. More

Skeleton and skin strategy improves supercapacitor
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Supercapacitors based on carbon nanotubes and conducting polymers have higher energy densities than pure carbon nanotube-based ones, but they suffer from lower power densities. This is because the polymer layers overlap, leading to poor electrical conductivity. Now, scientists have changed the design to increase the power density. The ultrathin supercapacitor could have potential uses in lightweight and flexible storage devices for portable electronic devices. More

Researchers work carbon nanotubes for flexible electronics
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Reflect on this: A gentle push is all it takes to turn the blackest material in the world into a shiny mirror. What's more, combining the two extremes in one substance could open up applications in optical sensors and bendy electronics. The dark material is a "forest" of vertical carbon nanotubes that absorb more than 99 percent of incoming light. More

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