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New biodegradable polyurethane foams are developed from wheat straw

21-Jan-2021

Every year around 734 million tons of wheat straw are produced worldwide, a large amount of waste, which is cheap and has had no well-defined use until now. Recently, the RNM-271 Chemical Engineering and FQM-383 NANOVAL Organic Chemistry research groups at the University of Córdoba have been able ...

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Biodegradable flip-flops coming soon

Innovative bio-​propellant from gas and water

29-Oct-2020

Biodegradable plastics are very much on trend. But there are still very few sustainable alternatives for products containing foamed plastic. ETH Pioneer Fellow Zuzana Sediva is developing a process that could one day be used to make shoe soles and yoga mats from organic waste. Zuzana Sediva loves ...

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Programmable insulation materials

19-Oct-2020

Innovative insulating materials made of shape memory polymers are developed and tested by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP, for Chemical Technology ICT and for Building Physics IBP within the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials CPM. The high-tech ...

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A sustainable new material for carbon dioxide capture

16-Dec-2019

In a joint research study from Sweden, scientists from Chalmers University of Technology and Stockholm University have developed a new material for capturing carbon dioxide. The new material offers many benefits - it is sustainable, has a high capture rate, and has low operating costs. Carbon ...

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Evonik expands production capacity for polymethacrylimide foams in the US

25-Nov-2019

Due to increasing demand for lightweight construction materials for specialty applications, Evonik is expanding its production of ROHACELL® high-performance rigid, closed-cell foams at its Mobile, Alabama site in the United States. The production expansion is scheduled to be completed by the ...

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Using industrial waste as insulation for buildings

15-Oct-2019

ETH spinoff FenX transforms industrial waste into a porous foam suitable for building insulation. Unlike other sustainable materials used for the purpose, this type of insulation is non-flammable and inexpensive to produce. No sooner does one of the four young men come up with the idea than they ...

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Evonik and thyssenkrupp to license HPPO technology to China

Qixiang Tengda Chemical to build new plant for the sustainable production of propylene oxide

30-Jul-2019

Evonik and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions are licensing their HPPO technology for the production of propylene oxide to the Chinese chemical company Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical. The parties signed the contracts in Guangzhou, China, at the end of July. thyssenkrupp will be responsible for the ...

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Lightweight metal foams become bone hard and explosion proof after being nanocoated

18-Mar-2019

Strong enough not only for use in impact protection systems in cars, but able to absorb the shock waves produced by a detonation. Those are just some of the properties shown by the metallic foams developed by materials scientists Stefan Diebels and Anne Jung at Saarland University. Their super ...

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Stora Enso acquires Swedish cellulose technology company

30-Oct-2018

Stora Enso has increased its ownership up to 100% in the Sweden-based company Cellutech AB. The company specialises in the development of new materials and applications based on cellulose, micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) and other wood-based components. The acquisition of Cellutech supports ...

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Effective and cheap sound-absorbing nanofoam

28-Jun-2018

The breakthrough material reduces a noise level by 100% more efficient comparing to standard analogs, cutting the level of noise transmission by 20-22 dB. The new foam reacts to sound waves not only of high but also of low frequencies, which can damage human health. A young scientist from the Far ...

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