Research & Development
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liquid nanofoam could be a game changer for football helmets
A liquid nanofoam liner developed by a Michigan State University researcher, and currently undergoing testing, could prolong the safe use of football helmets.
Japanese researchers create the most heat-resistant bioplastic in the world
Created by scientists from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and the University of Tokyo, it can withstand temperatures up to 740°C.
Researchers develop new technique for turning plastic waste into valuable chemicals
Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have created a low-temperature catalytic method that upcycles polyethylene into high-value alkylaromatic molecules that are the basis of many industrial chemicals and consumer products.
Researchers developing fully 3D-printed polymer spacesuits for Mars and beyond
A team from the University of North Dakota is using a $750,000 grant from NASA to develop the new flexible plastic spacesuits.
New multicolour 3D-printing technique can be used for optical devices
Developed by researchers in Japan, the printing method can be used for developing optical, soft-robot, or medical components.
New project to build lightweight car from recycled PET composite material
The project involved using more than 20 square meters of recycled PET honeycomb cores.
Scientists create new type of biodegradable plastic using reclaimed waste
The new substance, polyhydroxybutyrate, readily degrades in less than a year.
Quebec-based automation supplier Omnirobotic gets $6.5 million financing for AI development
The funding enables the Laval company continue building autonomous robotic capabilities for high-mix production environments.
Plastic-eating enzyme “cocktail” offers new hope for plastic waste
The same team of UK researchers who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now created an enzyme “cocktail’ which can digest plastic up to six times faster.
Plastic-eating, silk-producing bacteria could be a new ally in the fight against waste
Researchers in New York are genetically engineering a microorganism that “eats” petroleum-based plastic waste and converts it to a biodegradable plastic alternative.
Lego-inspired 3D-printed bricks can heal bone and soft tissue
Developed by a research team at Oregon Health and Science University, the tiny, modular scaffolding can be used to regrow biomaterials to speed repair of injuries and broken limbs.