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Research & Development

May 10, 2021  

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.

May 6, 2021  

MIT launches online Industry 4.0 certificate program for manufacturers

The multilingual program is taught exclusively online over 12 months by MIT faculty.

May 5, 2021  

Researchers hit on possible solution for hard-to-recycle plastics

Researchers from the University of Delaware’s Center for Plastics Innovation have developed a direct method to convert single-use plastic waste into ready-to-use molecules for jet fuels, diesel, and lubricants.

May 3, 2021  

“Brain-like” computing device uses polymers to simulate human learning

“Synaptic transistors” mimic the brain’s plasticity by simultaneously processing, storing data.

May 2, 2021  

A faster way to degrade compostable plastics using water and heat

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have invented a way to make compostable plastics break down more easily, with just heat and water, within a few weeks.

May 2, 2021  

3D bio-printed heart provides new tool for surgeons

Made from a soft, natural polymer called alginate, the full-sized heart model gives surgeons a new tool for planning and practice for heart surgeries.

April 26, 2021  

Michelin approves first application of PET enzymatic recycling in car tires

The French tire maker says it has successfully validated the use of Carbios’ enzymatic recycling technology for PET plastic waste as a high-tenacity reinforcing fibre in its tires.

April 26, 2021  

New technique detects microplastics in the snow

The process was developed by researchers at McGill University in Montreal.

April 16, 2021  

Scientists develop easily recyclable biomass-based polymers

Developed by researchers at the Laboratory of Cluster Catalysis at St Petersburg University, Russia, the
synthesized polymers can be used for primary and secondary recycling.

April 7, 2021  

Discovered! Microbes that eat PET water bottles

Researchers at Reed College in Oregon are growing colonies of bacteria that break down the notoriously resilient PET.

March 31, 2021  

New method to develop fibre reinforced plastic composites from wastepaper

University of Iowa engineers have received nearly $1 million to improve the speed and reduce the labour costs of remanufacturing recycled wastepaper.

March 29, 2021  

Advanced data transfer system uses super thin polymer cable

Researchers at MIT have paired high-frequency silicon chips with a polymer cable as thin as a strand of hair to create a data transfer system that can transmit information 10 times faster than a USB.

March 23, 2021  

MIT scientists develop self-cooling sustainable textile based on PE fibres

This new type of sustainable textile may help humans adapt to and combat the effects of climate change.

March 18, 2021  

Firms partner on a new manufacturing cell for thermoplastic polymers

Developed by BASF, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag and H + S Automatisierung, the cell can produce a wide range of different test specimens.

March 15, 2021  

Recyclable bioplastic membrane could clear oil spills from water

Polymer scientists in the Netherlands have developed a superamphiphilic vitrimer epoxy resin membrane that can be used to separate water and oil.

March 3, 2021  

New project researches 3D printing for wind turbine blades

The goal of the project between GE Research, GE Renewable Energy, and LM Wind Power is to use additive manufacturing to 3D-print blade tips, enabling the design of larger rotors.

March 1, 2021  

British Columbia scientists use new bioplastic to make fully compostable coffee pod

Called the Nexe pod, the pods compost completely in as little as 35 days in industrial compost.

February 15, 2021  

Swiss researchers develop 3D-printed bioresorbable airway stents

The stents could simplify future treatments of upper airway obstructions.

February 5, 2021  

McMaster University Hospital partners with Printex Transparent Packaging for new plastic face shield

The goal was to provide a better face shield with more protection for ultrasound technologists.

February 3, 2021  

Researchers develop recyclable composites

A Washington State University research team has created a recyclable carbon fibre-reinforced composite that could eventually be used in everything from modern airplane wings and wind turbines to sporting goods.

February 1, 2021  

This non-toxic biodegradable plastic film is based on seaweed

Developed at India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology, the films will safely break down in the environment without leaving any toxicity.

January 27, 2021  

New tool calculates benchmark data for sustainable production of plastics

Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S., the data measures how much energy is required and the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from the production of a variety of plastics.

January 20, 2021  

New process to recycle polyolefinic plastics at low temperature

Researchers in Japan have used a novel catalyst process to recycle polyolefinic plastics into chemicals.

January 18, 2021  

Scientists make sustainable polymer from sugars in wood

The researchers from Bath’s Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies in the UK have made a sustainable polymer using the second most abundant sugar in nature, xylose.

January 13, 2021  

New study reveals how microplastic pollution travels

The research from Princeton University reveals that microplastic particles get stuck when traveling through porous materials such as soil and sediment but later break free and often continue to move substantially further.

December 16, 2020  

Making bioplastics from sewage sludge and wastewater

Researchers at Texas A&M University have discovered a salt-tolerant bacteria with an appetite for sludge that can make biodegradable plastics.

December 9, 2020  

Tough, transparent PLA cup withstands boiling water

Developed by researchers at the University of Akron, the cup could herald a breakthrough in the PLA market.

December 7, 2020  

New solvent-based recycling process could boost multilayer plastic recycling rates

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have pioneered a method for reclaiming the polymers in multilayer plastic materials using solvents, a technique called Solvent-Targeted Recovery and Precipitation (STRAP) processing.

December 4, 2020  

Magna donates $2 million to Sheridan College’s skilled trades program

The donation will be used to update labs with new equipment, create scholarships, provide resources for training, and enable student participation at skills competitions.

November 30, 2020  

Researchers combine AI-guided robots and chemical recycling to address plastic pollution crisis

Researchers at the University at Buffalo are using a robotic sorting system as a key component in developing a novel set of tools that aim to reduce plastic waste.

November 25, 2020  

Russian scientists have developed an ideal polymer for implants

The innovative polymer material mimics the mechanical behavior of living tissues.

November 23, 2020  

Montreal researchers develop 3D-printed plastic canvas with shock absorbing properties

The nature-inspired innovation could lead to the manufacture of a new type of bullet-proof glass, or lead to the production of more durable plastic protective smartphones screens.