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February 15, 2021  

Swiss researchers develop 3D-printed bioresorbable airway stents

The stents could simplify future treatments of upper airway obstructions.

News
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Feature
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.

Feature
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.

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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.

News
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.

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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.

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November 25, 2020  

Russian scientists have developed an ideal polymer for implants

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

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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.

News
November 17, 2020  

Ontario molder Axiom Group and collaborators receive Next Generation Manufacturing Canada investment funding

Aurora, Ont.-based Axiom, along with partners MS Falcon Tooling, Kytech Machine Works, and Bulldog Polymers, is developing a technology to eliminate visual transitions between different plastic materials, typically hard and soft plastic.

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November 16, 2020  

Researchers discover unique new polymer fibres

Strong and tough yet as light as a feather, the fibres are said to be ideally suited for technical components that are exposed to high loads.

News
November 12, 2020  

Avient opens Italy innovation centre to advance plastics recycling technology

The new lab and plant in Pogliano will conduct chemistry testing and evaluations to help customers tackle and overcome the challenge of plastics recycling and the goal of a circular economy.

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November 11, 2020  

Biodegradable shoe soles are on their way

A Swiss researcher is developing a process that could one day be used to make plastic shoe soles, yoga mats, and other foamed products from organic waste.

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November 9, 2020  

Scientist develops lightweight thermoset composite using novel 3D printing technique

Designed for aviation parts, the thermoset composite Emrah Celik produced is 80 per cent lighter than steel and 50 per cent lighter than aluminum.