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Research & Development

September 24, 2020  

“Zebra project” launched to develop first 100% recyclable wind turbine blades

The turbines will be made from Arkema’s Elium thermoplastic resin.

September 22, 2020  

New nanocomposite material prevents malfunctioning of electronics

Russian scientists from South Ural State University have created a composite material for nanoelectronics that can be used as an insulating substance in polymer capacitors.

September 21, 2020  

Researchers find new way to produce polymers using low-energy visible light

The work by researchers from North Carolina State University poses a potential solution to current challenges in producing these materials.

September 16, 2020  

Biodegrading 3D printing material could lead to disposable oceanic sensors

Scientists at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Florida have developed a 3D printable material made of a marine-biodegradable base polymer that would break down over time to reduce ocean litter.

September 14, 2020  

Polymer panels add camouflaging capability to defense drones

Researchers from the University of South Australia have developed a range of lightweight panels capable of changing colour on demand to allow drones to match the colours of their environment.

September 9, 2020  

Researchers make plastic coatings with high transparency and conductivity

Scientists at the University of Michigan have created a conductive coating that’s also anti-reflective to enhance window-mounted infrared solar cells, LED light panels, and large touchscreens.

September 2, 2020  

Researchers develop highly fluorescent polymers with extreme brightness

Polymer researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi have developed fluorescent solids, said to be the brightest known materials in existence.

August 31, 2020  

New composite-based, 3D-printed artery can monitor blockages from the inside

The implantable vessel was developed by engineers from University of Wisconsin–Madison in collaboration with Zhejiang University in China.

August 26, 2020  

New way to process transparent sulfur-containing polymer film for optical devices

A research team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a technology to enhance the high transparency of refractive polymer film via a one-step vapour deposition process.

August 24, 2020  

New technology turns waste PET into nanomaterial for rechargeable batteries

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a way to recycle plastic waste such as soda or water bottles into a nanomaterial useful for energy storage.

August 21, 2020  

Length definitely matters in a new PU-based wind turbine blade

Developed by Covestro, Goldwind, and LZ Blades, the project could mark the beginning of a new generation of longer and stronger blades for the wind power industry.

August 19, 2020  

Researchers detect micro- and nanoplastics in human organs, tissues

In an analysis of 47 human liver and fat tissue samples, researchers from Arizona State University found plastic contamination in the form of monomers, or plastic building blocks, in every sample.

August 19, 2020  

Ontario opens new O-AMP funding round for auto parts companies

The province is making available $10-million in additional funding for applications for the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program, which provides auto parts companies with funding to invest in new technologies and innovation.

August 17, 2020  

Polymer helps researchers transform red bricks into batteries

The researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri have developed a conductive polymer coating that allows bricks to store energy in order to power electronic devices.

August 12, 2020  

Study shows PET bottles can benefit from clean recyclates

Researchers from the Wageningen Food & Biobased Research in the Netherlands are discovering the effects of rPET on the properties of the bottles and on the quality of the contents of the bottles.

August 10, 2020  

New technology to produce flexible, durable polyethylene

Developed by chemists from RUDN University in Moscow, the technology makes it possible to double the length of ethylene chains in comparison with those obtained by existing methods for polymers synthesis.

July 31, 2020  

University of Delaware researchers get $11 million grant to study plastic upcycling

The funding is part of a larger U.S. Department of Energy initiative that will see $100 million go to 10 energy frontier research centres to develop the nation’s energy economy.

July 27, 2020  

MIT chemists make tough plastics recyclable

The scientists have developed a way to modify thermoset plastics with a chemical linker that makes them easier to break down while still allowing them to keep their mechanical strength.

July 20, 2020  

Flexible, strong hydrogel could replace conventional knee implants

Duke University researchers have created an experimental polymer-based gel that can match the strength and durability of the thin, slippery layer of cartilage naturally present between the bones in the knee.

July 8, 2020  

New thermoplastic material could enable tougher, more versatile bone implants

Developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham, the material is a type of nylon and has shape memory properties that enable it to be stretched and molded but able to reform into its original shape when heated.

July 6, 2020  

Hair today, flexible displays for smart devices tomorrow

Researchers in Queensland, Australia have developed a process that mixes human hair waste in polymers to make flexible displays that could be used in future smart devices.

June 26, 2020  

Researchers develop process to recycle thermoset plastics

A team at Case Western Reserve University has developed a new technology that could transform non-recyclable plastics into recyclable ones and reprocess them into new products with comparable or even higher value.

June 24, 2020  

New stretchable, conductive composite material for wearable applications

Developed by researchers at Sweden’s Linköping University, the material may have widespread use in smart clothing, wearable electronics, and electronic skin.

June 23, 2020  

New centre helps Quebec manufacturers adopt Industry 4.0 technology

Called DigifabQG, this industrial expertise centre in Longueuil, Que. gives manufacturers a single point of contact with digitization experts.

June 19, 2020  

Researchers develop solvent-free technique for plastic production that could reduce manufacturing costs

A team at Purdue University has developed a new way for manufacturers to mix polymers and nanocellulose in order to save material and production steps when using plant-based materials in auto part and food packaging molding.

June 15, 2020  

Polymer composite could serve as lighter, non-toxic radiation shielding

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a polymer compound embedded with bismuth trioxide particles could replace conventional radiation shielding materials, such as lead.

June 10, 2020  

New thermoset polymer-based camshaft module lightens automotive engine weight

As an alternative to aluminum, a research team from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has successfully manufacturing a camshaft module from fibre-reinforced thermoset polymers.

June 8, 2020  

Researchers use synthetic polymer for custom-made bone implants

The material for craniofacial bone grafts can facilitate cell regrowth and be tailored to an individual’s unique face and skull structure.

June 1, 2020  

Ontario researchers create tough, flexible sensor for wearable tech

Scientists at the University of Waterloo have utilized 3D printing and nanotechnology to create a durable, flexible sensor for wearable devices to monitor everything from vital signs to athletic performance.

May 25, 2020  

Chemical recycling makes useful product from waste bioplastic

A faster, more efficient way of recycling plant-based bioplastics has been developed by a team of scientists from the Universities of Birmingham and Bath in the UK.

May 20, 2020  

MIT engineers use conducting polymers to 3D-print soft and flexible brain implants

These softer brain electrodes are meant to replace traditional implants made from metal and other rigid materials that can cause inflammation and scarring in the brain.

May 15, 2020  

Chemists create faster-degrading plastic to reduce marine litter and ghost fishing

The new plastic is similar to nylon 6,6 in sturdiness but can degrade under any conditions with sunlight.