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Chemist invents environmentally friendly plastics of tomorrow
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Marc Hillmyer loves plastic. He is fascinated by the incredible properties that these amazing materials exhibit. They can be stronger than steel, stop a speeding bullet, convert light into electricity, protect us from harmful pathogens, and help cure disease and repair our bodies. As a chemist, Hillmyer thinks hard about the polymer molecules that make up plastic and how to design new materials with even more advanced properties and applications. More


Plastic nanocomposites for better thermal resistance
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Polymeric nanotechnology is gaining interest in the materials engineering community because it can enhance plastics' performance. Polyoxymethylene (POM) is a plastic that is widely used in technical applications requiring dimensional stability and a very low coefficient of friction. However, its thermal stability is low, compared to other engineering polymers, and this can be a disadvantage. More

Better predictions of airfoil strength
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With the significantly increasing use of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer composite structures for load-bearing applications such as airfoils, understanding the fundamental aspects of mechanical failure of these structures is greatly needed. In most cases, the weakness under compression of fibrous composites severely limits the structural efficiency of the system and leads to under-utilization of the true material properties. More

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NYU-Poly professor developing bioplastic that acts like regular plastic
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When people complained en masse that new biodegradable Sun Chips bags were too noisy, enough for the snack's maker, Frito Lay, to scrap the bags altogether last year, it sent a signal: Most consumers expect earth-friendly products to perform like the traditional products they're used to. Polytechnic Institute of New York University's Richard Gross is at work to create just such a product for the plastics industry. More

FDA agrees to determine safety of BPA
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The Food and Drug Administration must come up with a decision by March 31 on whether to ban a chemical that's widely used in plastics and the metal linings of food containers, according to a court settlement reached between the agency and the Natural Re­sources Defense Council. More

World's longest recycled bridge spans Scottish river
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Stretching out across the peaceful waters of the River Tweed in Peeblesshire, Scotland, the Dawyck Estate river crossing is an unlikely record breaker. Measuring 30 meters in length and made entirely out of waste plastic products, the newly completed structure is the world's longest and sturdiest recycled bridge. More

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World demand for bioplastics to exceed 1 million tons in 2015
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Global demand for biodegradable and bio-based plastics will more than triple to more than 1 million metric tons (1.1 million tons) in 2015, valued at $2.9 billion. That's according to a new study, World Bioplastics, from The Freedonia Group, Inc. The report indicates that bioplastics have moved past the initial phase of market introduction and are now experiencing robust increases in demand in virtually all parts of the world. More

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Seattle takes 2nd shot at plastic bags with ban
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As the city of Seattle considers a ban on plastic bags, a plastic bag maker plans to push a statewide recycling program as a better alternative to an outright prohibition on the thin, disposable bags at retail and grocery stores. At the same time, a Washington state lawmaker says he is considering a measure next year that would either ban plastic bags statewide or create a uniform ordinance that cities could use if they choose to restrict them. More

Researchers explore electroactive medical bioplastics
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The U.S. Agriculture Department is funding a five-year project to develop electroactive polymers from natural, renewable feedstocks such as cornstarch. The implications are significant because commercially available electroactive polymers made from fossil fuels, such as polyanaline, cost much more than corn starch (about 40 cents per pound in 50-pound bags). Polyaniline emeraldine-based polymers can cost thousands of dollars per pound. More

GM and Teijin to expand use of carbon fiber composites
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General Motors LLC is joining the list of carmakers putting development money into carbon fiber, with an agreement to co-develop a thermoplastic carbon fiber composite for potential use in high-volume production. The agreement, announced Dec. 8 by Detroit-based GM and Teijin Ltd. of Tokyo, will look at the technologies needed to bring Teijin’s carbon fiber to use in global mainstream auto production, moving the use of the composite beyond high-end, low-volume vehicles. More

K 2013 to address the contribution of plastics to mobility
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The world's largest plastics show will tackle one of plastics largest contributions to the world: mobility. "Plastics move the world" has been announced as the theme for K2013 to be held from Oct. 16-23, 2013 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Multimedia, exhibits, and daily discussions involving experts from science and industry will highlight how lightweight materials in the design of motor vehicles, aircraft and ships have benefitted modern civilization. More

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BMW designers lean on plastics for zero-emission cars
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Plastics are playing a larger role in making cars lighter and commercializing electric vehicles, but for one prominent automotive designer, more still needs to be done. In an interview at the recent Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president of BMW Group Design, said he was excited by the creative possibilities opening up with the new lightweight materials, including traditional plastics, carbon fiber reinforced plastics and aluminum. More

Analysts: Iran may send petchem cargoes meant for Europe to Asia
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Iran may divert petrochemical cargoes meant for European markets to Asia if a new set of sanctions imposed by the European Union on Tehran is seen to affect exports, Middle East petrochemical markets analysts said this week. The European Union agreed to impose new sanctions against 180 Iranian officials and firms. Although the names of the firms have not been declared, the list is expected to include petrochemical companies. More

Auto supplier price-fixing probe expands again
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The global crackdown on alleged auto supplier price fixing has expanded again, with an additional criminal indictment issued last week and a new class-action lawsuit pitting suppliers against other suppliers and automakers. But don't expect most of the industry to get tangled in the fray just yet, analysts and attorneys say. More

Polyethylene terephthalate buying interest seen with price at 2011 low, for cargoes up to July
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Polyethylene terephthalate bottle-grade chip end-users from regions like Europe, the Middle East and South America are starting to seek cargoes for up to June 2012 with current prices at one-year lows, Platts data shows. More

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Report: Canadian manufacturers want to hire but can't find the right people
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The Canadian economy is experiencing a significant shortage of skilled workers at all levels, from welders and engineers to HVAC technicians. Half of Canadian manufacturers who responded to a recent manufacturing survey conducted by business advisory firm PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) said they expect positive hiring over the next 12 months - and almost as many (45 percent) said that the lack of qualified workers was a significant barrier to their growth. More

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