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LANXESS completes capacity expansion for high-performance plastics in the USA

Investment of around USD 15 million

11-Jan-2016

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has started up a second production line for high-performance plastics compounding at its facility in Gastonia, North Carolina, as planned. The new line represents an investment of about USD 15 million and doubles the site’s production capacity from 20,000 to ...

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New polymer creates safer fuels

05-Oct-2015

Before embarking on a transcontinental journey, jet airplanes fill up with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. In the event of a crash, such large quantities of fuel increase the severity of an explosion upon impact. Researchers at Caltech and JPL have discovered a polymeric fuel additive that ...

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Smaller is better for nanotube analysis

01-Oct-2015

In a great example of "less is more," Rice University scientists have developed a powerful method to analyze carbon nanotubes in solution. The researchers' variance spectroscopy technique zooms in on small regions in dilute nanotube solutions to take quick spectral snapshots. By analyzing the ...

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Ban on microbeads offers best chance to protect oceans and aquatic species

18-Sep-2015

An outright ban on the common use of plastic "microbeads" from products that enter wastewater is the best way to protect water quality, wildlife, and resources used by people, a group of conservation scientists suggest in a new analysis. These microbeads are one part of the microplastic problem ...

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WSU researchers create super-stretchable metallic conductors for flexible electronics

10-Sep-2015

Washington State University researchers have discovered how to stretch metal films used in flexible electronics to twice their size without breaking. The discovery could lead to dramatic improvements and addresses one of the biggest challenges in flexible electronics, an industry still in its ...

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These microscopic fish are 3-D-printed to do more than swim

27-Aug-2015

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego used a 3D printing technology they developed to manufacture multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots that swim around efficiently in liquids, are chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide and magnetically controlled. These proof-of-concept ...

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A new design for an easily fabricated, flexible and wearable white-light LED

25-Aug-2015

Researchers from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan have created highly flexible, efficient white LEDs with potential use in wearable displays and non-flat surfaces, such as curved and flexible television screens. While the design itself is new, the LED was completely fabricated from ...

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SMU chemist wins prestigious NSF Career Award

Research focuses on new tools that enable making materials for chemical detection, tissue engineering and electronics

13-Aug-2015

SMU chemist Nicolay Tsarevsky has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, expected to total $650,000 over five years, to fund his research into new methods of creating polymers - whose uses range from fluorescent materials to drug carriers, to everyday technologies. aTsarevsky, an ...

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Huntsman Acquires Polyurethane Elastomer Manufacturer Tecnoelastomeri

25-Jun-2015

Huntsman Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tecnoelastomeri, a manufacturer and marketer of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) based hot-cast elastomer systems and processing machines, based in Modena, Italy. 2014 sales revenue for Tecnoelastomeri was approximately ...

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General James F. Amos Appointed Chairman of LORD Corporation Board of Directors

22-May-2015

LORD Corporation announced that Gen. James F. Amos, USMC, (ret.) has been appointed chairman of the LORD Corporation Board of Directors.General Amos recently served as the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and joined LORD Corporation's Board of Directors in December 2014. Amos was ...

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