Research & Development
StackTeck optimizes TRIM pail design to pass UN test standards
The pails are eight per cent lighter than a benchmarked industry standard five-gallon pail, while meeting UN standards 7.4 (drop test) and 7.5 (compression test).
Self-powered implantable device stimulates faster bone healing
When placed over a fracture, the device generates electricity from movement, accelerating bone healing, and then disappears without a trace.
Researchers from Germany and Canada work on new AI methods for picking robots
The researchers are investigating how to use training data from multiple stations, from multiple plants, or even companies without requiring participants to hand over sensitive company data.
USask researchers looking to make bioplastics from pulse starch
The University of Saskatchewan project has received $2.5 million in funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, and will be led by Dr. Yongfeng Ai.
New face mask prototype can detect COVID-19 infection
Developed by researchers at Harvard and MIT, the mask’s sensor technology could also be used to create clothing that detects a variety of pathogens and other threats.
New elastomers pave the way for smarter robotic arms
The intelligent polymers created by researchers at Saarland University enable novel, soft robotic tools that are lighter, more agile, and more flexible than today’s rigid technical components.
Global consumer brands unveil world’s first enzyme-recycled plastic bottles
A PET recycling breakthrough from Carbios, L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe yields food-grade PET bottles.
Canadian tech company takes plastic waste sorting to the next level
Metaspectral is developing AI-powered technology that goes where traditional thermal cameras can’t to sort plastics automatically.
New masterbatches create natural-looking TPE wine corks
The special-effect masterbatch package is from material supplier Avient Corp.
MIT engineers create programmable fibre that collects, stores, and analyzes data
When sewn into clothing, the fibre could have implications for physical performance monitoring, medical inference, and early disease detection.
Feds invest $10 million in Hamilton-based clean automotive and aerospace hub
McMaster University’s new iHub will support more than 230 SMEs to commercialize new technologies for next-generation automotive and aerospace sectors.
Tokyo researchers hit on new design method to reduce weight in reinforced plastics
The development opens the doors to lighter aircrafts and automobiles.
University of Buffalo researchers get funding to improve recycling of plastic film
The effort addresses one of the biggest streams of plastic waste.
New AI will sort recyclable plastic in B.C. by the end of 2021
Technology developer Metaspectral has been awarded more than $300,000 to develop AI-powered technology that can sort plastics automatically.
Scientists convert recyclable plastic to jet fuel
Researchers at Washington State University say they’ve found a cost-effective way to convert PE-based products into jet fuel and lubricants, and in a fraction of the time current plastics recycling methods take.
New project aims to develop standardized methodology to analyze microplastics
The goal is to monitor their presence in the different stages of industrial processes.
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.