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Shale gas shakes up SPE Blow Molding Conference
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Western Pennsylvania is a center of the shale gas boom that could usher in years, or even decades, of stable polyethylene prices — and that fact created a buzz at the SPE Blow Molding Conference. "This is an enormous advantage to the U.S. economy," said Srivatsan Iyer, an executive of Braskem America. "This is an advantage not just for us resin producers. It's an advantage for all of those who work in the plastics value chain, including the converters." More


Chitosan scaffolds for tissue engineering: Relationship of structure and properties
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Chitin, the second-most abundant natural polysaccharide after cellulose, is found in crustacean exoskeletons, mollusks, insect cuticles and fungal cell walls. Chitin and its partially deacetylated derivative, chitosan, have found widespread applications due to their many distinctive properties. Particularly, their biodegradability and biocompatibility make these biopolymers suitable for biomedical applications. Therefore, over the last 30 years they have been the subjects of profuse research in many disciplines. More

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Effects of processing parameters on melt compounding of nanocomposite masterbatches
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For successful preparation of polymer/clay nanocomposites by melt compounding techniques, agglomerates within the clay filler must be dispersed. However, the microsized stacks of nanoplatelets that make up these agglomerates will resist dispersion until the hydrodynamic separating force applied by the fluid polymer exceeds their cohesive force. Accurately characterizing these dynamics is crucial to the industrial application of nanocomposite technology to profile and film extrusion, injection molding and other net shape-forming processes. More


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Graphene-made e-paper by 2015 and anti-cancer drugs by 2030    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ultrastrong and self-healing copycat material graphene has been the subject of intense excitement since Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselo extracted it from bulk graphite in 2004, earning them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Now, an international team of physicists led by Novoselo has published a paper laying out a timeline of future uses for the incredibly versatile material, which includes its role in anti-cancer drugs and rollable e-paper. More

Light up graphene for circuits on demand
Rice University via Futurity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists are developing a new way to use light to dope graphene, the ultrastrong, highly conductive, single-atom-thick form of carbon. The approach could facilitate the instant creation of circuitry — optically induced electronics — on graphene patterned with plasmonic antennas that can manipulate light and inject electrons into the material to affect its conductivity. More

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The world's 1st plastic coronary stent is now in use
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The world's first drug-eluting bioresorbable plastic vascular scaffold is now widely available across Europe and parts of Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Absorb BVS from Abbott is described as a first-of-its-kind device for the treatment of coronary artery disease. Functionally, it is similar to metal stents. It restores blood flow to the heart, but then dissolves into the body. More

Will innovative ethylene process create a supply and value chain reaction?
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Recent headlines about Honeywell's new one-step conversion process from natural gas to the monomer ethylene may not grab your attention right away, but don't be too quick to dismiss this recent innovation. This little, symmetrical molecule is more integral to your professional and personal supply chain than you may think. More


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Nanomaterial copies butterfly colors
University of Pennsylvania via Futurity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers have figured out how to recreate the bright, beautiful colors of butterfly wings, as well as their ability to strongly repel water. The colors of a butterfly's wings are the result of an unusual trait — the way they reflect light is fundamentally different from how color works most of the time. A team of researchers has found a way to generate this kind of "structural color." More

Slump in confidence hits EU chemical industry
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European Union chemical production has stalled again after staging a brief recovery after the global economic crisis hit. Chemical production has fallen by 2.4 percent in the first seven months of this year, compared with the same time period last year. The European Chemical Industry Council, which put together the latest figures, said that the cost of chemicals in the EU has continued to rise. More

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Kenaf powder used to create new durable wood-plastic composite material
Universiti Teknologi MARA via PhysOrg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers from the Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia have created a new durable wood-plastic composite. Recent discoveries in the production of new materials have enabled researchers to develop new types of composite materials that perform better and are more durable. Wood-plastic composites are one of the fastest growing construction components in the wood composites industry. Their popularity is due to low maintenance, high durability and resistance to termites and other insect attacks. More

Artificial corneas rely on specially developed plastics
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Two research institutions are actively developing artificial corneas made of high-water-content plastics in an effort to restore sight in patients where other implant approaches have failed or are prone to infection. Researchers have produced blended polymer hydrogels with water content of 60 to 90 percent that are extremely resistant to wear and fracture and possess tensile strengths up to 20 times stronger than their component single networks on their own. More

A plan to go halfway around the world, fueled by plastic trash
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Sometime in the next few months, a single-engine Cessna will fly from Sydney to London. Converted to be able to carry extra amounts of fuel, the small plane will take 10 days for its journey, making 10 or so stops along the way. What will make this journey special is not the route or the identity of the pilot — a 41-year-old British insurance industry executive who lives in Australia — but the fuel that the aircraft will be using: diesel processed from discarded plastic trash. More


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