Microalgae have received much attention in biomass production due to many strains having a high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce high levels of oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in the form of starch. They can survive in unfavorable, nutrient ... more
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is used in a variety of daily products, from cookware to carpets, because of its non-sticky property. However, this very same non-stickiness has limited its application to other fields including medicine. Scientists at the Osaka University Graduate School of E ... more
Ceramic textiles, improved jet engine blades, 3-D printed ceramics and better batteries may soon become a reality, thanks to a recently patented polymer from a Kansas State University engineer.
Using five ingredients -- silicon, boron, carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen -- Gurpreet Singh , Harol ... more
An international group of scientists has unlocked the secret of a gold-based catalyst that is responsible for a new, environmentally friendly method of producing the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) that is used to manufacture polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the world's third-most widely used plastic ... more
High-performance materials are enabling major advances in a wide range of applications from energy generation and digital information storage to disease screening and medical devices.
Block polymers, which are two or more polymer chains with different properties linked together, show great ... more
SONGWON Industrial Group released its financial results for FY2016. In terms of sales, it was a very positive year overall for the organization with almost all product lines contributing to the Group’s growth despite the ongoing challenging economic environment. The company achieved sales ... more
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique that uses light to get two-dimensional (2-D) plastic sheets to curve into three-dimensional (3-D) structures, such as spheres, tubes or bowls.
The advance builds on earlier work by the same research team, which focuse ... more
Using advanced 3-D printing, Dartmouth College researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale.
Nanomachines can already deliver medication and serve as computer memories at the tiny nanometer scale. By integratin ... more
As announced in November 2016, BASF is investing more than €200 million globally to increase its production network for plastic additives. An important step is an investment to build a new plastic additives plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China. This world-scale plant, with an annual ... more
Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter (nanometers, nm) in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, ... more