Canadian Plastics

Research & Development

March 1, 2021  

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.

February 15, 2021  

Swiss researchers develop 3D-printed bioresorbable airway stents

The stents could simplify future treatments of upper airway obstructions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 25, 2020  

Russian scientists have developed an ideal polymer for implants

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 3, 2020  

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.

November 2, 2020  

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.

October 26, 2020  

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.

October 19, 2020  

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.

October 14, 2020  

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.

October 12, 2020  

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.

October 7, 2020  

Scientists create new type of biodegradable plastic using reclaimed waste

The new substance, polyhydroxybutyrate, readily degrades in less than a year.

October 6, 2020  

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.

October 5, 2020  

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.

September 30, 2020  

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.

September 28, 2020  

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.