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Companies Polymers

Wyatt Technology Europe GmbH, Germany

Wyatt Technology is a leading manufacturer and provider of instruments for the separation and comprehensive characterization of macromolecules. The Wyatt toolkit for macromolecular characterization offers complete solutions for the analysis of proteins, polymers and particles with respect to molar m more

abcr GmbH, Germany

abcr. Gute Chemie. Your competent partner for the procurement of chemicals for science, research and industry for over 25 years. Versatile range in customized units from grams to tonnes and, therefore, ideally adapted to your processes. More than 250,000 products quickly and simply available in th more

PSS Polymer Standards Service GmbH, Germany

PSS Polymer Standards Service GmbH is the specialist in the field of chromatographic analysis of macromolecules. The range of products and services includes all components required for comprehensive GPC/SEC, Interaction Polymer Chromatography (IPC) and 2D analysis of synthetic and natural macromolec more

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Products Polymers

FFF-MALS system for separation and characterization of macromolecules and nanoparticles

Intelligent UI with front screen control for better usablility ✓ Revolutionary channel design, easy and more robust ✓ Dilution Control Module for increase of sample concentration and sensitivity more

Spinsolve Benchtop NMR

It offers the highest sensitivity, resolution, and stability available for benchtop models ✓ Multinuclear Options and Reaction Monitoring available ✓ Optional PFG gradients for diffusion spectroscopy (>0.5 T/m) ✓ more

State-of-the-art Elemental Analyzers for N, CN and CHSN-O in organic samples

Highest accuracy and reproducibility at a reduced cost per analysis guaranteed by the lowest LOD ✓ Ease-of-use combined with a remote real-time monitor your analyses thanks to Ermes Cloud Platform ✓ High flexibility and productivity without the need for external modules ✓ more

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News Polymers

  • A fairy-like robot flies by the power of wind and light

    The development of stimuli-responsive polymers has brought about a wealth of material-related opportunities for next-generation small-scale, wirelessly controlled soft-bodied robots. For some time now, engineers have known how to use these materials to make small robots that can walk, swim and jump. more

  • Squid tissues and chemistry combine for versatile hydrogels

    Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have combined natural squid tissues with synthetic polymers to develop a strong and versatile hydrogel that mimics many of the unique properties of biological tissues. Hydrogels are polymer networks containing large quantities of water, and are being explo more

  • Entire colour palette of inexpensive fluorescent dyes

    ETH researchers have developed a modular system for the simple and inexpensive production of security inks. It is based on polymers and could also be used in solar power plants and screens in the future. Novel fluorescent dyes developed by ETH researchers are relatively simple and inexpensive to pro more

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Videos Polymers

What Makes Rubber Rubbery?

Reactions is looking at sports science today. Sports balls owe their reliability to an unusual polymer. Learn about the chemistry of rubber the all-star’s best friend! more

Soap That Slides Off the Bottle

You thought getting ketchup out of a bottle was hard? Ohio State University researchers have tackled an even harder problem: getting shampoo out of a bottle. The chemicals that make soap “soapy” also make them stick to plastic, but here a microscopic coating makes the soap just roll off. more

World's first directly light powered walking device

Scientists have developed a polymer film with liquid crystals, that can undulate under the influence of light. They clamped a strip of this material in a rectangular frame, and it goes for a walk all on its own when illuminated. This research, performed by scientists of Eindhoven University of T ... more

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Infographics Polymers

The Chemistry of the World Cup Football

A number of chemical materials are used in the manufacture of the Brazuca, the World Cup football. The majority of these materials are polymers; these are very long molecules built up from many smaller component molecules. A simple, everyday example is polyethene, used to make some plastic bags. Dif more

A Guide to Common Household Plastics

Plastic is everywhere in our day to day lives – but, of course, ‘plastic’ is just a catch-all term for a range of different chemical substances. This graphic takes a look at some of the more common plastics we encounter on a regular basis, and examines their chemical structures. Below, we’ll also ta more

The Chemistry of a Football Shirt

With the new season of the Premier League kicking off this weekend, it seemed a good time to take a look at the chemicals that make up your average football shirt. Even if the start of a new football season isn’t the kind of event to fill you with excitement, it’s still intriguing from a chemistry p more

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q&more articles Polymers

  • Modular biofactories at the cellular level

    Despite his love for complex molecular architectures, this „dyed-in-the-wool“ bio-organic chemist has never embraced the conventional segregation of synthetic polymers and bio­logical macromolecules. All molecules are composed of atoms, after all. Why make an artificial distinction? Why not simply combine these domains together? more

  • 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

  • Light-regulated production of biodegradable plastics

    Light is a powerful tool to manipulate a vast variety of chemical processes. The use of specific photo-chromic molecules allows chemists to perform reactions in a reversible fashion with a high spatio-temporal resolution. more

Authors Polymers

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert

    Ulrich S. Schubert, born in 1969, is Chair (W3) for Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He studied chemistry at the Universities of Frankfurt and Bayreuth and subsequently received his PhD from the Universities of Bayreuth and South Florida, Tampa, US more

  • Prof. Dr. Leo Gros

    Leo Gros, born in 1951 in Eltville am Rhein, studied chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, where he received his doctorate under Professor Helmut Ringsdorf. From 1981 he was a lecturer at the former Fresenius Chemistry School, which he headed from 1987. Between 1992 and 2016, he w more

  • Dr. Maria Hoppe

    Maria Hoppe, born in 1987, studied chemistry from 2007 to 2013 at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Amsterdam. From 2013 to 2018 she was a PhD student at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in the department Product Safety and Analytics. In 2018, she more

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Definition

Polymer

Polymer A polymer is a substance composed of molecules with large molecular mass composed of repeating structural unit s, or monomer s, connected by covalent chemical bond s. The word is derived from the Greek, πολυ, polu, "many"; and μέρος, ... more

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