Research & Development

July 6, 2020 Feature

Hair today, flexible displays for smart devices tomorrow

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers in Queensland, Australia have developed a process that mixes human hair waste in polymers to make flexible displays that could be used in future smart devices.

June 26, 2020 Feature

Researchers develop process to recycle thermoset plastics

by Canadian Plastics

A team at Case Western Reserve University has developed a new technology that could transform non-recyclable plastics into recyclable ones and reprocess them into new products with comparable or even higher value.

June 24, 2020 Feature

New stretchable, conductive composite material for wearable applications

by Canadian Plastics

Developed by researchers at Sweden’s Linköping University, the material may have widespread use in smart clothing, wearable electronics, and electronic skin.

June 23, 2020 News

New centre helps Quebec manufacturers adopt Industry 4.0 technology

by Canadian Plastics

Called DigifabQG, this industrial expertise centre in Longueuil, Que. gives manufacturers a single point of contact with digitization experts.

June 19, 2020 Feature

Researchers develop solvent-free technique for plastic production that could reduce manufacturing costs

by Canadian Plastics

A team at Purdue University has developed a new way for manufacturers to mix polymers and nanocellulose in order to save material and production steps when using plant-based materials in auto part and food packaging molding.

June 15, 2020 Feature

Polymer composite could serve as lighter, non-toxic radiation shielding

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a polymer compound embedded with bismuth trioxide particles could replace conventional radiation shielding materials, such as lead.

June 10, 2020 Feature

New thermoset polymer-based camshaft module lightens automotive engine weight

by Canadian Plastics

As an alternative to aluminum, a research team from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has successfully manufacturing a camshaft module from fibre-reinforced thermoset polymers.

June 8, 2020 Feature

Researchers use synthetic polymer for custom-made bone implants

by Canadian Plastics

The material for craniofacial bone grafts can facilitate cell regrowth and be tailored to an individual’s unique face and skull structure.

June 1, 2020 Feature

Ontario researchers create tough, flexible sensor for wearable tech

by Canadian Plastics

Scientists at the University of Waterloo have utilized 3D printing and nanotechnology to create a durable, flexible sensor for wearable devices to monitor everything from vital signs to athletic performance.

May 25, 2020 Feature

Chemical recycling makes useful product from waste bioplastic

by Canadian Plastics

A faster, more efficient way of recycling plant-based bioplastics has been developed by a team of scientists from the Universities of Birmingham and Bath in the UK.

May 20, 2020 Feature

MIT engineers use conducting polymers to 3D-print soft and flexible brain implants

by Canadian Plastics

These softer brain electrodes are meant to replace traditional implants made from metal and other rigid materials that can cause inflammation and scarring in the brain.

May 15, 2020 Feature

Chemists create faster-degrading plastic to reduce marine litter and ghost fishing

by Canadian Plastics

The new plastic is similar to nylon 6,6 in sturdiness but can degrade under any conditions with sunlight.

May 13, 2020 Feature

Using satellites to identify floating plastic waste

by Canadian Plastics

A new technique developed by English researchers uses satellites to detect plastics floating on the sea surface, and distinguish it from naturally occurring floating materials such as seaweed.

May 11, 2020 Feature

New technique uses fluorescent dye to identify aging polymers

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers have developed a method to visualize variations in polymers that arise with age, allowing for the possibility detect and replace aged parts before they fail.

May 11, 2020 News

Nova Chemicals and Enerkem collaborate to close the loop on plastics recycling

by Canadian Plastics

The two Canadian firms are teaming up to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste – including items made from #3-7 plastics – into ethylene at full commercial scale.

May 8, 2020 Feature

Researchers create a new way to paint 3D-printed objects

by Canadian Plastics

Developed by engineers at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the new coating technique reaches nooks and crannies.

May 8, 2020 Feature

New recycling method could make polyurethane materials sustainable

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota have improved the recycling process of polyurethane by developing a twin-screw extrusion process that improves mixing and air removal.

May 6, 2020 Feature

Israeli scientists develop polymer-based anti-COVID-19 surface coating

by Canadian Plastics

Scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are currently developing anti-viral coatings for surfaces that could potentially reduce the spread of COVID-19.

March 18, 2020 Feature

Toronto researchers turn waste cooking oil from McDonald’s into high-end 3D printing resin

by Canadian Plastics

Using waste cooking oil has significant potential, the researchers say: it’s cheaper to make and the plastics made from it can break down naturally compared to conventional 3D printing resins.

March 10, 2020 News

FedDev Ontario investing $5.2 million for CME to deliver program to help small and mid-size businesses

by Canadian Plastics

Called the Technology Assessment Program, CME will provide up to 175 SMEs in southern Ontario with in-depth productivity and technology assessments designed to encourage investments in new technologies.