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Stress, plastic additives in late pregnancy raise risk of premature birth
Women exposed simultaneously to stress and plastic additives late in pregnancy are at increased risk for premature birth, according to a study by Rutgers and other institutions. (2019-11-14)
Bisphenol-a structural analogues may be less likely than BPA to disrupt heart rhythm
Some chemical alternatives to plastic bisphenol-a (BPA), which is still commonly used in medical settings such as operating rooms and intensive care units, may be less disruptive to heart electrical function than BPA, according to a pre-clinical study that explored how the structural analogues bisphenol-s (BPS) and bisphenol-f (BPF) interact with the chemical and electrical functions of heart cells. (2019-11-14)
Microplastics found in oysters, clams on Oregon coast, PSU study finds
Tiny threads of plastics are showing up in Pacific oysters and razor clams along the Oregon coast -- and the yoga pants, fleece jackets, and sweat-wicking clothing that Pacific Northwesterners love to wear are a source of that pollution, according to a new Portland State University study. (2019-11-12)
Researchers strengthen weakest link in manufacturing strong materials
Industrial and automotive machinery, such as automotive engine parts, contain materials that are, heat-, wear-, and corrosion-resistant. (2019-11-12)
Prey-size plastics are invading larval fish nurseries
A new study by researchers at Arizona State University's Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (GDCS) and NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center has revealed that larval fish species from various ocean habitats are now being threatened by plastic pollution that infects their nursery habitats---at levels on average, eight times higher than those recently found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (2019-11-11)
Simulated sunlight reveals how 98% of plastics at sea go missing each year
A new study helps to solve the mystery of missing plastic fragments at sea. (2019-11-07)
Polyamide kitchen utensils: Keep contact with hot food as brief as possible
Cooking spoons, spatulas or whisks: polyamide (PA) kitchen utensils provide valuable baking, roasting and cooking assistance. (2019-11-06)
Chemists' surprising discovery of nanoconfined reactions could aid catalytic design
Georgia State University chemistry researchers have unlocked one of the mysteries of catalytic reactions on a microscopic scale, allowing for the design of more efficient industrial processes. (2019-11-06)
3D-printed plastics with high performance electrical circuits
Rutgers engineers have embedded high performance electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics, which could lead to smaller and versatile drones and better-performing small satellites, biomedical implants and smart structures. (2019-11-05)
Using computational chemistry to produce cheaper infrared plastic lenses
A University of Arizona team created the next generation of long-wave infrared plastic lenses. (2019-10-29)
KRICT comes in as a new leading player in the monopolized bio-polycarbonate market
The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology(KRICT) developed a bio-polycarbonate which has been monopolized by Japan, and opened up the possibility of bio-polycarbonate commercialization. the Research Center for Bio-based Chemistry of KRICT utilized the plant-based components of isosorbide and nanocellulose to develop the bio-polycarbonate. (2019-10-28)
Turning plastic trash into treasure
Researchers have developed a new catalyst that can cleave plastic's strong carbon-carbon, converting it into higher value products. (2019-10-23)
Rethinking the science of plastic recycling
A multi-institutional collaboration reports a catalytic method for selectively converting discarded plastics into higher quality products. (2019-10-23)
Stanford researchers create new catalyst that can turn carbon dioxide into fuels
A new process shows promise in turning the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide back into usable fuels, and yields 4 times as much fuel as previous approaches. (2019-10-21)
Nitrogen-embedded polycyclic compound with strong antiaromaticity and stability
Nitrogen-embedded polycyclic compounds with strong antiaromaticity and stability were synthesized and isolated for the first time using pyrrole as a key unit. (2019-10-18)
All plastic waste could become new, high-quality plastic through advanced steam cracking
A research group at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. (2019-10-18)
HARP eclipses CLIP in continuous, rapid and large-scale SLA 3D printing
Objects can be continuously printed from a vat of photocurable resin at rates exceeding 430 millimeters per hour, thanks to a new approach to rapid and large-scale stereolithographic 3d printing (SLA). (2019-10-17)
Scientists recalculate the optimum binding energy for heterogeneous catalysis
In a discovery that could lead to the development of novel catalysts that do not rely on expensive rare metals, scientists from the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science have shown that the optimal binding energy can deviate from traditional calculations, which are based on equilibrium thermodynamics, at high reaction rates. (2019-10-17)
Sunlight degrades polystyrene faster than expected
A study published by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that polystyrene, one of the world's most ubiquitous plastics, may degrade in decades or centuries when exposed to sunlight, rather than thousands of years as previously thought. (2019-10-10)
Reducing, reusing Europe's 2.5 million tonnes of plastic in e-waste each year
Plastics account for about 20% of materials in electronic and electrical equipment (EEE); most isn't designed for recovery and reuse. (2019-10-10)
Researcher develops method to change fundamental architecture of polymers
A Florida State University research team has developed methods to manipulate polymers in a way that changes their fundamental structure, paving the way for potential applications in cargo delivery and release, recyclable materials, shape-shifting soft robots, antimicrobials and more. (2019-10-02)
Plastic teabags release microscopic particles into tea
Many people are trying to reduce their plastic use, but some tea manufacturers are moving in the opposite direction: replacing traditional paper teabags with plastic ones. (2019-09-25)
Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Becoming benthic
From the Great Pacific garbage patch to inland rivers, plastics are among the most widespread contaminants on Earth. (2019-09-23)
Complexity of plastics make it impossible to know which are dangerous
A recent study found that 3 out of 4 plastic consumer products contain harmful chemicals. (2019-09-17)
Diamonds are forever: New foundation for nanostructures
Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have fabricated a novel glass and synthetic diamond foundation that can be used to create miniscule micro -- and nanostructures. (2019-09-17)
Four billion particles of microplastics discovered in major body of water
While collecting water samples and plankton, researchers discovered a high concentration of microplastics, which are known to disrupt the marine food chain. (2019-09-12)
Major environmental challenge as microplastics are harming our drinking water
Plastics in our waste streams are breaking down into tiny particles, causing potentially catastrophic consequences for human health and our aquatic systems, finds research from the University of Surrey and Deakin's Institute for Frontier Materials. (2019-09-09)
Plastics, fuels and chemical feedstocks from CO2? They're working on it
Four SUNCAT scientists describe recent research results related to the quest to capture CO2 from the smokestacks of factories and power plants and use renewable energy to turn it into industrial feedstocks and fuels. (2019-09-09)
Synthesis of UV absorbers from cashew nut shell liquid
Researchers succeeded in using cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) as a substitute for petroleum in organic synthesis. (2019-08-29)
Beetle scales hold secret to creating sustainable paint from recycled plastic, research shows
The structure of ultra-white beetle scales could hold the key to making bright-white sustainable paint using recycled plastic waste, scientists at the University of Sheffield have discovered. (2019-08-29)
Green chemists find a way to turn cashew nut shells into sunscreen
Team of 'green chemists' are working on techniques to produce useful compounds from wood and other fast growing non-edible plant waste, through a chemical process named xylochemistry. (2019-08-15)
Scientists propose environmentally friendly control practices for harmful tomato disease
Tomato yellow leaf curl disease (TYLCD) is the most destructive disease of tomato, causing severe damage to crops worldwide and resulting in high economic losses. (2019-08-05)
Seabirds are threatened by hazardous chemicals in plastics
An international collaboration led by scientists at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) , Japan, has found that hazardous chemicals were detected in plastics eaten by seabirds. (2019-08-02)
3D printed rocket fuel comparison at James Cook University
James Cook University scientists in Australia are using 3D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they've built to test the fuels. (2019-07-30)
Bacteria-killing gel heals itself while healing you
McMaster researchers have developed a novel new gel made entirely from bacteria-killing viruses. (2019-07-25)
Research shows black plastics could create renewable energy
New study looks at how plastics can be recycled and could help reduce plastic waste. (2019-07-16)
Recycling plastic: Vinyl polymer broken down to aspirin components
Not a day goes by without news of microplastics in our oceans. (2019-07-01)
Mimicking the ultrastructure of wood with 3D-printing for green products
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in 3D printing with a wood-based ink in a way that mimics the unique 'ultrastructure' of wood. (2019-06-27)
Carbon-neutral fuels move a step closer
Chemists at EPFL have developed an efficient process for converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, a key ingredient of synthetic fuels and materials. (2019-06-13)
Light-powered nano-organisms consume CO2, create eco-friendly plastics and fuels
University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals. (2019-06-11)
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