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UBC engineers create ways to keep stone waste out of landfills
Using polymers and natural stone slurry waste, UBC Okanagan researchers are manufacturing environmentally friendly stone composites. (2019-09-19)
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)
Secret messages hidden in light-sensitive polymers
Scientists from the CNRS and Aix-Marseille Université have recently shown how valuable light-sensitive macromolecules are: when exposed to the right wavelength of light, they can be transformed so as to change, erase or decode the molecular message that they contain. (2019-09-04)
Making polyurethane degradable gives its components a second life
Polyurethane waste is piling up, but scientists have a possible solution: They have developed a method to make polyurethane degradable. (2019-08-26)
Disappearing act: Device vanishes on command after military missions (video)
A polymer that self-destructs? Once a fictional idea, polymers now exist that are rugged enough to ferry packages or sensors into hostile territory and vaporize immediately upon a military mission's completion. (2019-08-26)
Engineers make transistors and electronic devices entirely from thread
A team of Tufts University engineers has developed a transistor made from linen thread, enabling them to create electronic devices made entirely of thin threads that could be woven into fabric, worn on the skin, or even (theoretically) implanted surgically for diagnostic monitoring. (2019-08-20)
Drawing inspiration from natural marvels to make new materials
The shape-shifting bristle worm has the unique ability to extend its jaw outside of its mouth and ensnare surprised prey. (2019-08-19)
Bottles made of lignocellulose, perfumes of apples
Many companies are working on materials that would be as light and resistant as plastic but at the same time fully biodegradable. (2019-08-19)
Nylon as a building block for transparent electronic devices?
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) led by Dr. (2019-08-16)
Modified lactides promise new implementations in pharmacology and catalysis
The project concerning modification of oligo- and polylactic acids with thiacalix[4]arene derivatives was launched at Kazan Federal University three years ago. (2019-08-15)
Skoltech scientists found a way to create long-life fast-charging batteries
A group of researchers led by Skoltech Professor Pavel Troshin studied coordination polymers, a class of compounds with scarcely explored applications in metal-ion batteries, and demonstrated their possible future use in energy storage devices with a high charging/discharging rate and stability. (2019-08-15)
Antiseptic resistance in bacteria could lead to next-gen plastics
The molecular machinery used by bacteria to resist chemicals designed to kill them could also help produce precursors for a new generation of nylon and other polymers, according to new research by scientists from Australia and the UK. (2019-08-12)
Printing flattens polymers, improving electrical and optical properties
Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they conduct electricity better. (2019-08-09)
New synthesis method opens up possibilities for organic electronics
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) modify a previous synthesis method to create a new semiconducting polymer with remarkable properties which could be used in organic electronic devices such as thin film transistors. (2019-08-07)
New wood membrane provides sustainable alternative for water filtration
Inspired by the intricate system of water circulating in a tree, a team of researchers led by Princeton University, have figured out how to use a thin slice of wood as a membrane through which water vapor can evaporate, leaving behind salt or other contaminants. (2019-08-02)
Self-sterilizing polymer proves effective against drug-resistant pathogens
Researchers have found an elastic polymer that possesses broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties, allowing it to kill a range of viruses and drug-resistant bacteria in just minutes - including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). (2019-08-01)
Slip layer dynamics reveal why some fluids flow faster than expected
New microscopy technique provides unprecedented insight into nanoscopic slip layers formed in flowing complex liquids. (2019-08-01)
SUTD researchers developed a unique method of fabricating 3D porous structures
SUTD researchers have developed a novel method of 3D printing to fabricate 3D porous structures in one step. (2019-07-31)
Expanding the palette
Researchers discover a new phase in block copolymers. (2019-07-30)
Successful application of machine learning in the discovery of new polymers
As a powerful example of how artificial intelligence (AI) can accelerate the discovery of new materials, scientists in Japan have designed and verified polymers with high thermal conductivity -- a property that would be the key to heat management, for example, in the fifth-generation (5G) mobile communication technologies. (2019-07-19)
How to capture waste heat energy with improved polymers
By one official estimate, American manufacturing, transportation, residential and commercial consumers use only about 40 percent of the energy they draw on, wasting 60 percent. (2019-07-10)
Organic solar cells will last 10 years in space
Scientists from the Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology, the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS, and the Department of Chemistry of MSU presented solar cells based on conjugated polymers and fullerene derivatives, that demonstrated record-high radiation stability and withstand gamma radiation of >6,000 Gy raising hopes for their stable operation on the near-earth orbit during 10 years or even longer. (2019-07-09)
Most powerful and mildest reagents obtained based on eco-friendly iodine
An international team of chemists from Tomsk Polytechnic University, USA, Great Britain, Canada, Belgium, and France has synthesized environmentally friendly reagents for the pharmaceutical industry. (2019-07-08)
Recycling plastic: Vinyl polymer broken down to aspirin components
Not a day goes by without news of microplastics in our oceans. (2019-07-01)
UI researchers validate optimum composites structure created with additive manufacturing
Creating objects out of polymers using additive manufacturing techniques is perfect for a prototype, but not for structural materials that require strength or stiffness. (2019-06-27)
Researchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular level
Before designing the next generation of soft materials, researchers must first understand how they behave during rapidly changing deformation. (2019-06-24)
Engineering enzymes to turn plant waste into sustainable products
A new family of enzymes has been engineered to perform one of the most important steps in the conversion of plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics and chemicals. (2019-06-24)
'Nanoemulsion' gels offer new way to deliver drugs through the skin
MIT chemical engineers have devised a new way to create nanoemulsions, very tiny droplets of one liquid suspended within another. (2019-06-21)
Curbing the flammability of epoxy resin
How to improve the flame retardant performance of two-dimensional flame retardants? (2019-06-19)
The new great wave
Radical Inkless Technology produces the world's smallest 'Ukiyo-e' and promises to revolutionize how we print. (2019-06-19)
Electron beam strengthens recyclable nanocomposite
Carbon fiber-enhanced thermoplastic polymer mechanical properties improve when irradiated with an electron beam, report researchers at Kanazawa University in the journal Composites Part A. (2019-06-14)
LED-ing the way: A clean and convenient method to oxidize plastic surfaces for industry
A Japanese research team at Osaka University used chlorine dioxide to oxidize polypropylene. (2019-06-11)
Plot twist: Straightening single-molecule conductors improves their performance
Researchers at Osaka University synthesized nanowires made of a single molecule of oligothiophene up to 10 nanometers in length. (2019-06-11)
Researchers can now predict properties of disordered polymers
Thanks to a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, scientists are able to read patterns on long chains of molecules to understand and predict behavior of disordered strands of proteins and polymers. (2019-06-03)
Texas A&M researcher makes breakthrough discovery in stretchable electronics materials
With a wide range of healthcare, energy and military applications, stretchable electronics are revered for their ability to be compressed, twisted and conformed to uneven surfaces without losing functionality. (2019-05-29)
Scientists evaluated the effects of different chemical treatments to tissue transplants
A group of scientists from Russia and Ireland found out how quality of tissue-engineered biomeshes (biological 'frame' which is used for tissue repair) is affected by various chemical fixatives (cross-linkers). (2019-05-28)
How small can they get? Polymers may be the key to single-molecule electronic devices
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology and University of Tsukuba demonstrate that polymers could play a key role in the fabrication of single-molecule electronic devices, allowing us to push the boundaries of the nanoelectronics revolution. (2019-05-28)
Passive radiative cooling in delignified wood material
A newly engineered, wood-based material successfully reflects heat, or infrared radiation, and could cut the energy costs associated with cooling buildings by up to 50%, according to a modeling analysis of its application in 16 US cities. (2019-05-23)
Carnegie Mellon researchers create soft, flexible materials with enhanced properties
A team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can be used to create a class of stretchable polymer composites with enhanced electrical and thermal properties. (2019-05-23)
Synthesis of helical ladder polymers
Researchers at Kanazawa University synthesized helical ladder polymers with a well-defined cyclic repeating unit and one-handed helical geometry, as they reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2019-05-20)
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