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Using carbon dioxide to make greener plastics

Christoph Gürtler and Walter Leitner named European Inventor Award 2021 finalists

07-May-2021

The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that German chemists Christoph Gürtler and Walter Leitner have been nominated as finalists in the "Industry" category of the European Inventor Award 2021 for their roles in developing a new technique to utilise waste carbon dioxide (CO2) as raw material ...

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Finally, 3D-printed graphene aerogels for water treatment

Study shows how to make stable and large aerogels that remove heavy metals, organic solvents, organic dyes

16-Apr-2021

Graphene excels at removing contaminants from water, but it's not yet a commercially viable use of the wonder material. That could be changing. In a recent study, University at Buffalo engineers report a new process of 3D printing graphene aerogels that they say overcomes two key hurdles -- ...

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Chemists create renewable plant-based polymers

What makes them different is that they can be easily recycled

14-Apr-2021

Researchers at the Laboratory of Cluster Catalysis at St Petersburg University have synthesised polymers from biomass. What makes them different is that they can be easily recycled. Today, our life is simply unthinkable without polymers. Plastics, fibres, films, paint and lacquer coating - they ...

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Chain length determines molecular colour

Chemical adjustments within the molecules themselves can generate a broad palette of colours

09-Apr-2021

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed fluorescent polymers whose colour can be easily tuned. Depending on their length, the polymers emit a different colour. Potential applications include biomedicine, security printing and solar energy. Around the world, a huge amount of research and ...

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A new type of battery that can charge ten times faster than a lithium-ion battery created

Moreover, it is safer in terms of potential fire hazards and has a lower environmental impact

08-Apr-2021

It is difficult to imagine our daily life without lithium-ion batteries. They dominate the small format battery market for portable electronic devices, and are also commonly used in electric vehicles. At the same time, lithium-ion batteries have a number of serious issues, including: a potential ...

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Researchers first to link silicon atoms on surfaces

First time to produce a silicon polymer

01-Apr-2021

A team consisting of various working groups from the fields of chemistry and physics are now the first to have linked silicon atoms on surfaces. From silicon polymers, the researchers hope for innovative material properties and new, promising candidates for potential applications. Materials such ...

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Evonik and InnovationLab bring new battery technology to the market

Printed solid-state batteries impress with their long cycle life

23-Mar-2021

Evonik presents at the virtual exhibition LOPEC a new material technology for printable batteries. Together with the company InnovationLab, the specialty chemicals group proves the integration of TAeTTOOz® technology in printed electronics to open up new applications. TAeTTOOz® was develop based ...

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The expanding possibilities of bio-based polymers

Researchers present a new route to prepare biobased polyesters with tuneable properties

04-Mar-2021

Finding innovative and sustainable solutions to our material needs is one of the core objectives of green chemistry. The myriad plastics that envelop our daily life - from mattresses to food and cars - are mostly made from oil-based monomers which are the building blocks of polymers. Therefore, ...

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Fabricating the future with a new environment friendly method of polymerization

Insights into a novel environment friendly method of polymerization involving non-metallic organocatalysts opens doors to efficient polymeric products

01-Mar-2021

Many materials in the modern world--from the plastics that dominate it to the electronic chips that drive it--are constructed of polymers. Given their ubiquity and the evolving requirements of our world, finding better and more efficient methods of making them is an ongoing research concern. In ...

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Producing more sustainable hydrogen with composite polymer dots

16-Feb-2021

Hydrogen for energy use can be extracted in an environmentally friendly way from water and sunlight, using photocatalytic composite polymer nanoparticles developed by researchers at Uppsala University. In laboratory tests, these "polymer dots" showed promising performance and stability alike. How ...

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