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  • Temperature can regulate wetting properties of sprayed latex surfaces

    A Swedish-German research team has been using DESY’s X-ray source PETRA III to investigate how surface coatings can be made to attract or repel water using tailor-made latex nanoparticles. Being able to influence the wettability of surfaces during production is important in many applications, from t more

  • An 18-carat gold nugget made of plastic

    ETH researchers have created an incredibly lightweight 18-​carat gold, using a matrix of plastic in place of metallic alloy elements. Lovers of gold watches and heavy jewellery will be thrilled. The objects of their desire may someday become much lighter, but without losing any of their glitter. Esp more

  • Manifold developments on the market for butadiene

    Butadiene has been indispensable for a range of important industrial and consumer products for decades. Even though maybe invisible to the eye of the consumer, this preliminary product of the petrochemical industry can be found in computers, carpets, and various rubbers. Its use in tires causes buta more

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  • Dandelions as a new source of natural rubber

    More than 12,500 plants produce latex, a colorless to white milky sap that contains, among other things, natural rubber. However, this industrially indispensable raw material is found in only three plants in a quality required to produce high-performance rubber products such as car tires. more

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