Research & Development
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.
MIT launches online Industry 4.0 certificate program for manufacturers
The multilingual program is taught exclusively online over 12 months by MIT faculty.
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.
“Brain-like” computing device uses polymers to simulate human learning
“Synaptic transistors” mimic the brain’s plasticity by simultaneously processing, storing data.
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.
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.
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.
New technique detects microplastics in the snow
The process was developed by researchers at McGill University in Montreal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swiss researchers develop 3D-printed bioresorbable airway stents
The stents could simplify future treatments of upper airway obstructions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New process to recycle polyolefinic plastics at low temperature
Researchers in Japan have used a novel catalyst process to recycle polyolefinic plastics into chemicals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russian scientists have developed an ideal polymer for implants
The innovative polymer material mimics the mechanical behavior of living tissues.
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.