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With the triennial K Show in Düsseldorf, Germany, due to open its doors this Oct. 19-26 to some 3,000 exhibitors from 61 nations, many companies are scrambling to make key product introductions. At the same time, they also are looking forward to re-establishing face-to-face contact with many customers and suppliers. This year’s K 2022 ( www.k-online.com ) will focus on three main themes — climate protection, the circular economy and digitalization –– and also will mark the 70th anniversary of this trade fair. The event’s organisers, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, are touting it as the first international plastics trade show since 2019. https://knowledge.ulprospector.com/13500/pe-materials-companies-gear-up-for-k-show-product-launches/ ...
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Polymer production is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To reduce this, the polymer industry needs to shift towards renewable carbon feedstocks such as biomass and CO 2 . Both feed-stocks have been shown to reduce GHG emissions in polymer production, however, often at the expense of increased utilisation of the limited resources of biomass and renewable electricity. https://knowledge.ulprospector.com/13407/pe-sustainable-polymers-from-renewable-resources/ #Polymer #Biopolymers #Bioplastics #Renewable #Sustainable ​​​​​
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Renewable energy is at the forefront of the energy policy of all major economies. The European Commission has proposed raising the renewable energy target to 40% by 2030, calling for further development of wind, water, and solar power. In Europe, for the first time in 2020, the share of renewable energies in electricity production exceeded that of fossil fuels. This article summarises what polymer materials can offer in these applications. #RenewableEnergy #Polymer #TurbineBlade #SolarPanels ​​​​​
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Epoxy resins have many applications, including metal coatings, electronics/electrical components, electrical insulators, fibre-reinforced plastic materials and adhesives. Uncured epoxy resins have only poor mechanical, chemical and heat resistance properties. Better properties are obtained by reacting them with curatives to form three-dimensional cross-linked thermoset structures. Curing of epoxies is an established mature technology and here , the established technologies and recent developments are overviewed. #Polymer #Thermoset #EpoxyResin #Curing ​​​​
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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology continue to innovate when it comes to creating new materials. Two different groups of chemical engineers at MIT recently revealed their respective work–– one involving a new type of lightweight, super-strong plastic, and the other a composite made mostly from cellulose nanocrystals mixed with a bit of synthetic polymer. https://knowledge.ulprospector.com/13064/pe-super-strong-mit-researchers-develop-a-new-type-of-lightweight-plastic-and-a-novel-plant-based-composite/ #Polymer #Plastics #Composites #Lightweight #Nanotechnology ​​​​​​
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Professor Paul Hogg FIMMM and Dr Faye Smith FIMMM at Avalon Consultancy Services, UK, investigate the opportunities and challenges for fibre-reinforced polymer composites in zero-carbon emission flight. Led by the UK Aerospace Technology Institute and backed by the government, the FlyZero initiative began in early 2021 as an intensive research project investigating zero-carbon emission commercial flight. The independent study has brought together experts from companies across the UK to study the design challenges, manufacturing demands, operational requirements and market opportunities of potential zero-carbon emission aircraft concepts. Read more here . ...
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On the day the Plastics Packaging Tax comes into force (1st April, 2022), Philip Law, Director-General of the BPF, tells InterplasInsights where the confusion still lies. Plus, he looks at the ongoing war in Ukraine, and how it is affecting UK resin supplies. Read more here . #Plastics #PlasticPackaging #Recycling #PlasticWaste ​​​​
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New Polymer Membrane Tech Improves Efficiency of Carbon Dioxide Capture. Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new membrane technology that allows for more efficient removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from mixed gases, such as emissions from power plants. Membranes are an attractive technology for removing CO2 from mixed gases because they do not take up much physical space, they can be made in a wide variety of sizes, and they can be easily replaced. These new polymer membrane filters work by allowing CO2 to pass through the membrane more quickly than the other constituents in the mixed gas. As a result, the gas passing out the other ...
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New Golden Design Rules from the Consumer Goods Forum Driving Action Towards a Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging. In collaboration with the Consumer Goods Forum , a cross-value chain group of major brand owners, recyclers and plastics associations are working on a set of ‘golden rules’ for sustainable packaging design. Ignacio Gavilan, director of Sustainability at The Consumer Goods Forum and Kitty Parker Brooks, SYSTEMIQ Associate and Project Manager for CGF Plastic Waste Coalition of Action, tell PACKAGING EUROPE more about the project. #News #CircularEconomy #Sustainability #Packaging #Plastics ​​​​​
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Researchers at the University of Birmingham , UK and Duke University, US, have described the ‘exceptional strength’ of novel polymers made from sugars, and the chemistry underpinning their characteristics, in a study published in Angew Chemie . The study examined two polymers based on isosorbide and isomannide that produced by a recently disclosed method that use sugars as a starting point for synthesis. Both polymers have superior properties to conventional thermoplastic elastomers and are both degradable and mechanically recyclable. Read more here . #Polymer #Biopolymers #Plastics #Biodegradable #Recyclable ​​​​​
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Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscopy provides critical data that pharmaceutical companies use to improve time-to-market and reduce product failures. This article demonstrates the advantages of FTIR Microscope for many types of analysis, from simple Q&A to technical concerns and demonstrative applications. #FTIR #Microscopy #Pharmaceuticals #Biologics ​​​​​​​
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More than 350 million metric tons of plastic are produced every year, and 85% of the garbage dumped in the oceans is plastic, according to estimates. Brazil is the fourth-largest producer, accounting for some 11 million metric tons per year. To make matters worse, most plastic packaging is derived from non-renewables such as petroleum. Many scientists are working on the development of biodegradable packaging materials that also prevent contamination by microorganisms and extend shelf life so as to reduce losses. A study conducted by a research team called the Composites and Hybrid Nanocomposites Group (GCNH) at São Paulo State University (UNESP) has produced ...
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The birthplace of NBA star Lebron James also is home to the world's top polymer science and plastics engineering program. Yes, we're talking about Akron, Ohio, home of the University of Akron, which recently won that plastics and polymers designation from global ranking site EduRank. Read more here . #News #Polymer #PolymerScience #Plastics #PolymerEngineering ​​​​​
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Polymer drug delivery uses a device or a formulation that facilitates the incorporation of a therapeutic substance in the body. Polymers are used extensively for drug delivery owing to their bulk and surface properties. They assist in delivering active pharmaceutical ingredients into the body in a controllable manner. Polymers used for drug delivery should be non-immunogenic, non-toxic, and water-soluble. https://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=21398 #News #Polymer #NaturalPolymers #DrugDelivery #Biodegradable ​​​​​​
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Upcycling Plastic Waste into More Valuable Materials Could Make Recycling Pay for Itself. A new and simple method for upcycling polycarbonate plastic waste at room temperature has been developed by a team of researchers at the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. The researchers hope the new process will help recycling become more economically viable. Using a zinc-based catalyst and methanol, they were able to completely break down commercial poly(bisphenol A carbonate) (BPA-PC) beads within 20 minutes at room temperature. The waste can then be converted into its chemical constituents, namely bisphenol A (BPA) ...
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Stretchy films and squishy gels help make wearable electronics, soft robotics and biocompatible tissues a reality. But too much force can cause these polymers to break apart without warning. To detect stress before it’s too late, researchers reporting in the Journal of the American Chemical Society show they have designed a compound with “wings” that makes these materials change colour when they are stretched or crushed. Here is more details. #Polymer #PolymerFilms #PolymerGels #Fluorescence ​​​​​
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Bike to the Future

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The National Composites Centre (NCC), working in collaboration with Starling Cycles and Composite Braiding , has developed a frame for an electric mountain bike using thermoplastic carbon fibre composite. Read more here . #Thermoplastic #Composites #CarbonFibre #Lightweighting #Recyclable . ​​​​​
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A smart food packaging using corn proteins and infused with antimicrobial active ingredients (AIs) is said to kill bacteria in food and extend shelf-life by two to three days. Read more here . #Plastics #FoodPackaging #Biopolymers #Antimicrobial ​​​​​
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Creating a Better Plastic

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The United States generates more plastic trash than any other country – about 46.3 million tons of it, or 287 pounds per person a year, according to a 2020 study. The country’s 9% rate of recycling will never keep up. Why so low? The chemistry of today’s plastics makes most difficult to recycle. Even thermoplastics that can be melted down weaken with each re-use. And that leads to the real barrier to recycling – economics. There’s just no profit incentive. But now a group of chemists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have turned the tables by discovering a method to break down plastics to create a new material that is stronger and tougher ...
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Synthesis of Renewable Nylon Monomers with Poplar Wood. Scientists have developed a method for synthesis of nylon monomers with poplar wood. Different from previous reports, this work offers an example for the direct utilization of the raw biomass without the separation of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, which may lead to lower energy consumption and higher efficiency in real applications. Considering the great social concerns about sustainable development and the demand for nylon, this process has great potential for industrial applications. The research was published in Chem Catalysis. #News #News #GreenTechnology ​ #Bioplastics #Nylon #Sustainability ...
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