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Research & Development

September 28, 2020  

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.

September 24, 2020  

“Zebra project” launched to develop first 100% recyclable wind turbine blades

The turbines will be made from Arkema’s Elium thermoplastic resin.

September 22, 2020  

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.

September 21, 2020  

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.

September 16, 2020  

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.

September 14, 2020  

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.

September 9, 2020  

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.

September 2, 2020  

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.

August 31, 2020  

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.

August 26, 2020  

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.

August 24, 2020  

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.

August 21, 2020  

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.

August 19, 2020  

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.

August 19, 2020  

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.

August 17, 2020  

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.

August 12, 2020  

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.

August 10, 2020  

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.

July 31, 2020  

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.

July 27, 2020  

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.

July 20, 2020  

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.