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Container's material properties affect the viscosity of water at the nanoscale


Water pours into a cup at about the same rate regardless of whether the water bottle is made of glass or plastic. But at nanometer-size scales for water and potentially other fluids, whether the container is made of glass or plastic does make a significant difference. A new study shows that in ...


Materials: ‘Flat pack’ polymers that assemble themselves


Scientists in the United States have developed ‘flat pack’ polymer structures that can autonomously assemble into three-dimensional shapes on application of an electric current. Research published in Soft Matter describes the use of heat-triggered shape memory polymers to build 3D structures ...


A new addition to the Hall of Fame of science venues


A building that helped launch generations of scientists, including Nobel laureates, on their careers of discovery has joined the Hall of Fame of notable venues, being named a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society (ACS). That's the topic of an article in the current ...


PANalytical Inc. moves to larger office with demo facility in Houston, TX, USA


PANalytical Inc. has moved its Houston area office to a new and larger office at 4802 North Sam Houston Parkway West, Suite 100, in Houston, TX. Co-located with sister company Malvern Instruments’ Center of Excellence for separations products, the 22,000 sq. ft. multipurpose facility houses ...


Reichhold Announces Price Increase on Unsaturated Polyester Resins, Vinyl Ester Resins, Gelcoats and Bonding Pastes

For European Composites Industry


Reichhold announced a price increase effective for all orders shipped on or after October 1, 2012 in Europe of 100 EUR/MT on all unsaturated polyester resins, gelcoats, bonding pastes and vinyl ester resins.


Low Consumption, but High Growth Potential for Synthetic Latex Polymers in Eastern Europe


As the second largest consumer of synthetic latex polymers in the world after North America, the combined states of the EU-27 consumed nearly 2.5 million dry tonnes of synthetic latex polymers, valued at over EUR 6 billion, in 2011, according to Synthetic Latex Polymers Global Series: Europe ...


BASF: Thermoplastic polyurethanes research lab opens in the United States

Collaboration with American customers and universities to be stepped up


BASF has opened a new research lab for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) in Wyandotte, Michigan. A multidisciplinary team of product developers, chemists and material scientists will work to discover new products for the American automotive, construction, sports and leisure industries. “Closeness ...


A. Schulman Announces Acquisition of ECM Plastics, Inc.


A. Schulman, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ECM Plastics, Inc., a privately owned, leading plastics compounder located in Worcester, Massachusetts, for $36.5 million. ECM Plastics, Inc. generates approximately $40 million in annual sales. After expected ...


ContiTech Builds Competence Center for Plastics in the USA


ContiTech Fluid Technology is building a competence center for plastic lines in the USA. It is the second plastics competence center worldwide after the first in Waltershausen, Thuringia. The company is investing about $11 million (€8.8 million) there in the existing hose factory in Somersworth, ...


Polyurethane Popularity to Grow as the World Tries to Conserve Energy

Developed Countries Rely on Innovation to Compete with Emerging Economies in Electronic Polymers Market


The global market value of polyurethane will rise in the coming years, with thermal insulation potentially becoming a key material application, predicts a new report by business analysts GBI Research.The report "Polyurethane Global Market to 2016 - Growth of Rigid and Flexible Polyurethane Foams ...


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