Research & Development
Microsoft, Sabic partner on new mouse with 20 per cent recycled ocean plastic shell
The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is Microsoft’s first product made with recycled ocean plastic.
Genomatica and lululemon collaborate to develop plant-based nylon for apparels
Nylon is the largest volume of synthetic material currently used to make lululemon products.
McMaster Innovation Park announces mandatory vaccination policy
The policy at the research and innovation park in Hamilton, Ontario takes effect on Nov. 1.
Scientists develop mathematical modeling tool to predict polymer properties
The tool will allow researchers to predict the properties of polymer networks before they’re even created.
Researchers develop new laminate that changes colour when deformed
The colour change alerts people to a possible material failure at an early stage.
Cascades launching 100% recycled packaging for its Fluff & Tuff product line
The new packaging for the bathroom tissue brand is also recyclable.
New lightning protection system for thermoplastic wind turbine blades
Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have designed a way to protect thermally welded wind turbine blades from failure caused by lightning strikes.
NGen announces $40 million automotive zero-emissions manufacturing challenge
The supercluster to invest up to $20 million in R&D projects for battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.
Feds invest in first made-in-Canada electric vehicle
The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association is getting $5 million in funding through FedDev Ontario to support Project Arrow.
Online plastics platform Knowde gets $72 million in financing
The Series B financing is being led by technology investment firm Coatue.
Volkswagen turns to acrylic resin for new black and white emblems
A combination of two Plexiglas Hi-Gloss materials is used by Austrian automotive supplier Ulbrichts GmbH to create the emblem’s modern look.
Researchers develop pine sap-based thermally stable plastic
A Florida State University research team’s discovery of a new plastic derived from pine sap has the potential to be a gamechanger for new sustainable materials.
Turning automotive plastic waste into new sustainable materials
A new research project involving Eastman shows how to recycle automotive-industry mixed plastic waste in the automotive supply chain.
A new water-based solution for recovering add-on value from waste plastic
Ontario-based Aduro Clean Technologies has developed a novel chemical conversion process to transform waste plastics into renewable fuels and specialty chemicals.
The ocean is full of tiny plastic particles – we found a way to track them with satellites
To understand how microplastic pollution is affecting the ocean, scientists need to know how much is there and where it is accumulating.
StackTeck optimizes TRIM pail design to pass UN test standards
The pails are eight per cent lighter than a benchmarked industry standard five-gallon pail, while meeting UN standards 7.4 (drop test) and 7.5 (compression test).
Self-powered implantable device stimulates faster bone healing
When placed over a fracture, the device generates electricity from movement, accelerating bone healing, and then disappears without a trace.
Researchers from Germany and Canada work on new AI methods for picking robots
The researchers are investigating how to use training data from multiple stations, from multiple plants, or even companies without requiring participants to hand over sensitive company data.
USask researchers looking to make bioplastics from pulse starch
The University of Saskatchewan project has received $2.5 million in funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, and will be led by Dr. Yongfeng Ai.
New face mask prototype can detect COVID-19 infection
Developed by researchers at Harvard and MIT, the mask’s sensor technology could also be used to create clothing that detects a variety of pathogens and other threats.
New elastomers pave the way for smarter robotic arms
The intelligent polymers created by researchers at Saarland University enable novel, soft robotic tools that are lighter, more agile, and more flexible than today’s rigid technical components.
Global consumer brands unveil world’s first enzyme-recycled plastic bottles
A PET recycling breakthrough from Carbios, L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe yields food-grade PET bottles.
Canadian tech company takes plastic waste sorting to the next level
Metaspectral is developing AI-powered technology that goes where traditional thermal cameras can’t to sort plastics automatically.
New masterbatches create natural-looking TPE wine corks
The special-effect masterbatch package is from material supplier Avient Corp.
MIT engineers create programmable fibre that collects, stores, and analyzes data
When sewn into clothing, the fibre could have implications for physical performance monitoring, medical inference, and early disease detection.
Feds invest $10 million in Hamilton-based clean automotive and aerospace hub
McMaster University’s new iHub will support more than 230 SMEs to commercialize new technologies for next-generation automotive and aerospace sectors.
Tokyo researchers hit on new design method to reduce weight in reinforced plastics
The development opens the doors to lighter aircrafts and automobiles.
University of Buffalo researchers get funding to improve recycling of plastic film
The effort addresses one of the biggest streams of plastic waste.
New AI will sort recyclable plastic in B.C. by the end of 2021
Technology developer Metaspectral has been awarded more than $300,000 to develop AI-powered technology that can sort plastics automatically.
Scientists convert recyclable plastic to jet fuel
Researchers at Washington State University say they’ve found a cost-effective way to convert PE-based products into jet fuel and lubricants, and in a fraction of the time current plastics recycling methods take.
New project aims to develop standardized methodology to analyze microplastics
The goal is to monitor their presence in the different stages of industrial processes.
Michelin co-develops sustainable tires based on recycled PET
The tire maker says it has successfully validated the use of Carbios’ enzymatic recycling technology for PET plastic waste in its tires.