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July 16, 2021  

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).

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July 14, 2021  

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.

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July 12, 2021  

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.

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July 7, 2021  

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.

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July 5, 2021  

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.

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June 30, 2021  

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.

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June 28, 2021  

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.

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June 18, 2021  

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.

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June 16, 2021  

New masterbatches create natural-looking TPE wine corks

The special-effect masterbatch package is from material supplier Avient Corp.

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June 14, 2021  

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.

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June 14, 2021  

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.

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June 2, 2021  

Tokyo researchers hit on new design method to reduce weight in reinforced plastics

The development opens the doors to lighter aircrafts and automobiles.

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May 26, 2021  

University of Buffalo researchers get funding to improve recycling of plastic film

The effort addresses one of the biggest streams of plastic waste.

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May 26, 2021  

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.

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May 21, 2021  

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.

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May 19, 2021  

New project aims to develop standardized methodology to analyze microplastics

The goal is to monitor their presence in the different stages of industrial processes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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April 26, 2021  

New technique detects microplastics in the snow

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.