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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

NETZSCH-Gerätebau GmbH, Germany

NETZSCH-Gerätebau GmbH is focused on the development of versatile, reliable and sensitive Thermoanalytical instruments for material research, development, quality control and failure analysis. Our broad application know-how is transferred to our customers by means of demonstration or contract testin more

Covestro AG, Germany

Since September 2015, Bayer MaterialScience has been an independent company, operating under the new name Covestro. We continue to be a leading supplier of high-value polymers and innovative solutions for key sectors such as transportation, construction, electronics, furniture, sports equipment and more

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News Polymers

  • Ultraheavy precision polymers

    An environmentally friendly and sustainable synthesis of "heavyweight" polymers with very narrow molecular weight distributions is an important concept in modern polymer chemistry. Thanks to a new photoenzymatic process, Chinese researchers have been able to increase the range of possible monomers. more

  • Turning streetwear into solar power plants

    Empa researchers succeeded in developing a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles. This opens up numerous possibilities for producing energy directly where it is needed, i.e. in the use of everyday electronics. Our hunger for energy is insatiabl more

  • Bacteria fed on a customized diet produce biodegradable polymers for alternative packaging in the cosmetics industry

    Germany generates around 38 kilograms of plastic waste per capita each year. In a joint project with the University of Stuttgart and LCS Life Cycle Simulation, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Enginee 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

New Polymers for Solar Power

As part of the 2015–2016 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Scott T. Milner RI ’16 discusses current trends in solar power, how solar cells work, and how polymer-based materials may offer an attractive alternative to silicon. 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

The Chemistry of the EURO 2016 Football

This year’s European Championships are now well under way in France, and there’s already been some great football on show. It might surprise you to learn that some chemistry has also been taking centre-stage! The EURO 2016 ball is a triumph of materials science, and in this post we take a look at so 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

  • 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

  • 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

Authors Polymers

  • Prof. Dr. Gerald Muschiolik

    studied food technology at Berlin’s Humboldt University. From 1971, he worked on the development of novel foodstuffs at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke. In 1986, he was appointed Professor of Food Technology by the Academy of Sciences. In 1998, he accepted a Chair in Food more

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kulozik

    Ulrich Kulozik, born in 1955, studied food technology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), where he received his doctorate in 1986 and qualified as a professor in food and bioprocess technology in 1991. Until 1999, he worked in the food industry as Department Manager Process & Product Develo 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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Coordination polymers

Coordination polymers Coordination polymer is the term given in inorganic chemistry to a metal coordination compound where a ligand bridge s between metal centres, where each metal centre binds to more than one ligand to create an infinite arr ... more

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