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Improved plastics recycling thanks to spectral imaging
Plastics recycling is complicated by the need to recycle similar plastics together. The presence of flame retardants in plastics also needs to be identified, and a NIR hyperspectral imaging method to do so is reported in this paper in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal, JSI -- Journal of Spectral Imaging. (2019-01-22)

Toxicological cross-check
Flame retardants are invisible assistants in car seats, gasket sealants, furniture and even in airplanes. However, their ingredients are not always harmless. Empa researchers developed three innovative flame retardants and tested them for toxicity; not all of them passed the test. (2016-07-18)

Potentially toxic flame retardants detected in baby products
Scientists are reporting detection of potentially toxic flame retardants in car seats, bassinet mattresses, nursing pillows, high chairs, strollers and other products that contain polyurethane foam and are designed for newborns, infants and toddlers. In a study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, they describe hints that one flame retardant, banned years ago in some areas, actually remains in use. (2011-05-18)

Climate-friendly foam building insulation may do more harm than good
The use of the polymeric flame retardant PolyFR in 'eco-friendly' foam plastic building insulation may be harmful to human health and the environment, according to a new commentary in Environmental Science & Technology. The authors' analysis identifies several points during the lifecycle of foam insulation that may expose workers, communities, and ecosystems to PolyFR and its potentially toxic breakdown products. (2021-02-23)

Empa Innovation Award for new flame retardant
The Empa Innovation Award 2016 went to chemist Sabyasachi Gaan and his team. The researchers were recognized for the development of new, non-toxic and environmentally friendly fireproofing agents for the production of flame retard polyurethane foams, which are used in mattresses, seat upholstery and insulation modules for house fa├žades, for instance. The prize was awarded on Nov. 8. (2016-11-09)

Flame retardants linked to preterm birth
Researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch have determined that maternal exposure to high levels of flame-retardants may be a contributing factor in preterm births. (2015-01-28)

Flame retardant structural materials also inexpensive
Virginia Tech researchers have developed structural composites comprised of lightweight polymers that are flame retardant and have structural properties in excess of most epoxies. (2000-08-20)

High levels of potentially toxic flame retardants in California pregnant women
A new study finds that pregnant women in Northern California have the highest PBDE flame retardant exposures reported to date among pregnant women worldwide. It also describes some of the first evidence from humans that certain flame retardants may interfere with thyroid hormone signaling during pregnancy, which is critical to brain development. The study, one of the most extensive on flame retardant exposures in pregnant women, appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. (2011-08-10)

Flame retardant breakthrough is naturally derived and nontoxic
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often toxic and can accumulate over time in the environment and living animals, including humans. (2015-10-05)

Non-toxic flame retardants
Electronics, vehicles, textiles -- almost all modern-day products contain some form of plastic. Its high combustibility means it must be protected from naked flames. New techniques simplify the production of environmentally friendly flame retardants. (2013-10-22)

Potentially toxic flame retardants found in many US couches
More than half of all couches tested in a Duke University-led study contained potentially toxic or untested chemical flame retardants that may pose risks to human health. (2012-11-28)

Flame protection for the jet set
A new coating protects business jet interiors against fire. Not only is the agent more environmentally friendly than before; it can also be applied more quickly. Empa is thus helping the Swiss company Jet Aviation to leave its competitors in the dust. This new coating could also be used in textiles and wood-based furnishing and architectural systems. (2015-01-09)

Novel clay-based coating may point the way to new generation of green flame retardants
In searching for better flame retardants for home furnishings -- the largest source of fuel in house fires -- NIST researchers defied the conventional wisdom and literally hit a wall, one made of clay. That turns out to be a good thing. (2012-06-28)

Toward a new generation of superplastics
Scientists are reporting an in-depth validation of the discovery of the world's first mass producible, low-cost, organoclays for plastics. The powdered material, made from natural clay, would be a safer, more environmentally friendly replacement for the compound widely used to make plastics nanocomposites. A report on the research appears in ACS' Macromolecules, a biweekly journal. (2010-07-21)

Texas A&M researchers develop fire-retardant coating featuring renewable materials
Texas A&M University researchers are developing a new kind of flame-retardant coating using renewable, nontoxic materials readily found in nature, which could provide even more effective fire protection for several widely used materials (2019-02-12)

'Environmentally friendly' flame retardant could degrade into less safe compounds
To reduce the risk of fire, many everyday products -- from building materials to furniture to clothing -- contain flame retardants. In recent years, some of these compounds were shown to have harmful effects on the environment, causing them to be replaced by more eco-friendly alternatives. However, a new study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, indicates that heat or ultraviolet light could break down a 'safe' flame retardant into potentially harmful compounds. (2019-01-09)

Safer, more environmentally friendly flame retardant with first-of-its-kind dual effects
Amid concerns over the potential health effects of existing flame retardants for home furniture, fabrics and other material, scientists are reporting development of an (2013-05-15)

Composite PVC materials with enhanced thermal stability on the basis of nanofillings
Researchers at the Public University of Navarre are working on a project to design and manufacture composite PVC materials based on nanofillings and intended for multi-sectoral applications. The ultimate aim of the Vinilclay project is to control and optimize the properties of the plastic material; specifically, its photostability, thermal resistance and gas permeation. (2012-03-21)

Flame retardants prove ineffective on fresh-cut Christmas trees
This Christmas season, think twice about spending money on a commercial flame retardant for your Christmas tree. The good, old-fashioned method -- keeping your tree in a container of fresh water -- is probably all you need to keep your tree green and healthy. Researchers have determined that some flame retardants don't work on cut Christmas trees; in fact, in several cases the chemical retardants sped up the drying process and made trees more flammable. (2008-12-12)

Curbing the flammability of epoxy resin
How to improve the flame retardant performance of two-dimensional flame retardants? In a paper to be published in the forthcoming issue in NANO, a team of researchers from Henan University have investigated the flame retardant performance of epoxy resin using a boron nitride nanosheet decorated with cobalt ferrite nanoparticle. (2019-06-19)

The controversy over flame retardants in millions of sofas, chairs and other products
Flame retardants in the polyurethane foam of millions of upholstered sofas, overstuffed chairs and other products have ignited a heated debate over safety, efficacy and fire-safety standards -- and a search for alternative materials. That's the topic of a cover story package in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of ACS, the world's largest scientific society. (2012-10-31)

Research on improving cotton receives historical recognition
The research that helped make cotton the so-called (2004-05-03)

Study finds toxic flame retardants in children's car seats
Indiana University scientists have found toxic flame retardants in newly manufactured children's car seats, sparking concerns about children's health. Of the 18 children's car seats tested, 15 contained new or traditional hazardous flame retardant chemicals. (2018-12-03)

New study: Many flame retardants in house dust -- unsafe levels
In Silent Spring Institute's new peer-reviewed study of the largest number of flame retardants ever tested in homes, we found that most houses had levels of at least one flame retardant that exceeded a federal health guideline. (2012-11-28)

The proof is in the tree bark
A study by Indiana University researchers found the chlorinated flame retardant Dechlorane Plus in the bark of trees across the northeastern US, with by far the highest concentrations measured near the Niagara Falls, N.Y., factory where this chemical is produced. (2007-11-26)

How to protect gymnasts from hazardous chemicals at gym facilities
In an intervention study, aimed at addressing high exposures among gymnasts to toxic flame retardant chemicals, researchers show that replacing the foam cubes in the landing pits with flame retardant-free alternatives can significantly reduce their exposures. (2019-03-26)

Nano-dispersion of clays makes better, cleaner plastics
Small amounts of well-dispersed natural clay can lead to environmentally friendly and inexpensive plastic composites with improved specialized properties, according to a Penn State researcher. (2001-03-25)

Study links gymnastics equipment to exposure to flame-retardant chemicals
As the summer Olympics get underway, a new study co-authored by Boston University School of Public Health researchers reports that popular gymnastics training equipment contains mixtures of flame-retardant chemicals that have been linked to increased risks of ADHD, cancer and brain development delays. (2016-07-26)

A 'nano,' environmentally friendly, and low toxicity flame retardant protects fabric
The technology in (2011-08-31)

Flame retardant chemicals may affect social behavior in young children
Some chemicals added to furniture, electronics and numerous other goods to prevent fires may have unintended developmental consequences for young children, according to a pilot study released today. (2017-03-09)

Flame retardants and likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing fertility treatments
Women with higher urinary concentrations of a common type of flame retardant had reduced likelihood of clinical pregnancy and live birth than those with lower concentrations, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, conducted in the Fertility Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the first to examine associations between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) -- which are used in polyurethane foam in many products, including upholstered furniture, baby products, and gym mats -- and reproductive outcomes in women. (2017-08-25)

KIST develops eco-friendly, flame-retardant carbon plastic ideal for recycling
A flame-retardant carbon-fiber-reinforced composite material has been developed. Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced that a research team from its Institute of Advanced Composite Materials, headed by Dr. Yong chae Jung used plant-originated tannic acid to develop a flame-retardant carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), and also presented a method for its eco-friendly recycling. (2020-06-24)

Study: Flame retardant 'Firemaster 550' is an endocrine disruptor
The flame-retardant mixture known as (2012-10-24)

Office workers carry biomarker of potentially harmful flame retardant, study finds
A flame retardant removed from children's pajamas 30 years ago but now used in polyurethane foam is prevalent in office environments, especially in older buildings, where urine testing of workers turned up widespread evidence of its biomarker, a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health researchers has found. (2013-03-25)

Handwashing and house cleaning may protect against unhealthy chemicals
Washing your hands and cleaning your house frequently may help to lower your contact with common flame-retardant chemicals, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The study is the first to assess whether house cleaning and handwashing can effectively lower exposure to flame retardants. Results appear in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. (2018-06-28)

Chemical sleuthing leads to detection of little-known flame retardant in the environment
Chemists at Indiana University have published research findings on their discovery of a new and relatively unknown flame retardant in the environment. Their study is the first to detect the potentially toxic chemical in North America. (2018-04-16)

BU study finds gymnasts' face high exposure to flame retardants
Competitive gymnasts have a higher exposure to potentially harmful flame-retardants than the general population, likely because such contaminants are present in foam used in gym equipment, a study led by Boston University School of Public Health researchers has found. (2013-11-13)

Exposure to common flame retardant chemicals may increase thyroid problems in women
Women with elevated levels of common types of flame retardant chemicals in their blood may be at a higher risk for thyroid disease -- and the risk may be significantly higher among post-menopausal women. (2016-05-23)

Study raises concern about flame-retardant metabolites in bald eagles
A study finds that chemicals used in flame retardants, plasticizers and other commercial products are broken down through the process of metabolism into other compounds. Researchers say not enough is known about the dangers posed by those compounds, known as metabolites. (2018-07-11)

Study finds hazardous flame retardants in preschools
A new study led by UC Berkeley researchers finds that finds that flame retardants are prevalent indoors in preschools and day care centers, potentially exposing young children to chemicals known to be hazardous. (2014-05-15)

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