Research & Development
Lego-inspired 3D-printed bricks can heal bone and soft tissue
Developed by a research team at Oregon Health and Science University, the tiny, modular scaffolding can be used to regrow biomaterials to speed repair of injuries and broken limbs.
“Zebra project” launched to develop first 100% recyclable wind turbine blades
The turbines will be made from Arkema’s Elium thermoplastic resin.
New nanocomposite material prevents malfunctioning of electronics
Russian scientists from South Ural State University have created a composite material for nanoelectronics that can be used as an insulating substance in polymer capacitors.
Researchers find new way to produce polymers using low-energy visible light
The work by researchers from North Carolina State University poses a potential solution to current challenges in producing these materials.
Biodegrading 3D printing material could lead to disposable oceanic sensors
Scientists at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Florida have developed a 3D printable material made of a marine-biodegradable base polymer that would break down over time to reduce ocean litter.
Polymer panels add camouflaging capability to defense drones
Researchers from the University of South Australia have developed a range of lightweight panels capable of changing colour on demand to allow drones to match the colours of their environment.
Researchers make plastic coatings with high transparency and conductivity
Scientists at the University of Michigan have created a conductive coating that’s also anti-reflective to enhance window-mounted infrared solar cells, LED light panels, and large touchscreens.
Researchers develop highly fluorescent polymers with extreme brightness
Polymer researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi have developed fluorescent solids, said to be the brightest known materials in existence.
New composite-based, 3D-printed artery can monitor blockages from the inside
The implantable vessel was developed by engineers from University of Wisconsin–Madison in collaboration with Zhejiang University in China.
New way to process transparent sulfur-containing polymer film for optical devices
A research team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a technology to enhance the high transparency of refractive polymer film via a one-step vapour deposition process.
New technology turns waste PET into nanomaterial for rechargeable batteries
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a way to recycle plastic waste such as soda or water bottles into a nanomaterial useful for energy storage.
Length definitely matters in a new PU-based wind turbine blade
Developed by Covestro, Goldwind, and LZ Blades, the project could mark the beginning of a new generation of longer and stronger blades for the wind power industry.
Researchers detect micro- and nanoplastics in human organs, tissues
In an analysis of 47 human liver and fat tissue samples, researchers from Arizona State University found plastic contamination in the form of monomers, or plastic building blocks, in every sample.
Ontario opens new O-AMP funding round for auto parts companies
The province is making available $10-million in additional funding for applications for the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program, which provides auto parts companies with funding to invest in new technologies and innovation.
Polymer helps researchers transform red bricks into batteries
The researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri have developed a conductive polymer coating that allows bricks to store energy in order to power electronic devices.
Study shows PET bottles can benefit from clean recyclates
Researchers from the Wageningen Food & Biobased Research in the Netherlands are discovering the effects of rPET on the properties of the bottles and on the quality of the contents of the bottles.
New technology to produce flexible, durable polyethylene
Developed by chemists from RUDN University in Moscow, the technology makes it possible to double the length of ethylene chains in comparison with those obtained by existing methods for polymers synthesis.
University of Delaware researchers get $11 million grant to study plastic upcycling
The funding is part of a larger U.S. Department of Energy initiative that will see $100 million go to 10 energy frontier research centres to develop the nation’s energy economy.
MIT chemists make tough plastics recyclable
The scientists have developed a way to modify thermoset plastics with a chemical linker that makes them easier to break down while still allowing them to keep their mechanical strength.
Flexible, strong hydrogel could replace conventional knee implants
Duke University researchers have created an experimental polymer-based gel that can match the strength and durability of the thin, slippery layer of cartilage naturally present between the bones in the knee.