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DWoC Project Co-ordinated by VTT Aims at Design-Driven Applications for Cellulose

DWoC Project Co-ordinated by VTT Aims at Design-Driven Applications for Cellulose

A collaborative team of researchers from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Vaasa is involved the Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) 2.0 project to develop novel biomaterial applications. [More]
Synthetic Spider Silk-Like Material Holds Promise in Biomedicals

Synthetic Spider Silk-Like Material Holds Promise in Biomedicals

A team of researchers from various American universities has discovered a way to synthetically create spider silk samples in the laboratory after several years of studying the complex structure and production. [More]
Hydrogels Reinforced with 3D Printed Microfiber Holds Promise for Joint Repair, Breast Reconstruction

Hydrogels Reinforced with 3D Printed Microfiber Holds Promise for Joint Repair, Breast Reconstruction

Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) consider that a new approach that involves a combination of 3D-printed microfiber scaffolding and hydrogels holds promise for more effective usage of biocompatible materials for repairing human tissues. [More]
Safe, Dissolvable Magnesium Alloy Surgical Clip Could Reduce Postoperative Complications

Safe, Dissolvable Magnesium Alloy Surgical Clip Could Reduce Postoperative Complications

Researchers at the Kobe University have developed a safe, dissolvable surgical clip made of a magnesium alloy. This unique clip has the potential to reduce risk of complications after surgeries, and difficulties faced while performing diagnostic imaging. [More]
Malvern Presents Proven Strategies for Successful GPC/SEC Analysis of Lignin

Malvern Presents Proven Strategies for Successful GPC/SEC Analysis of Lignin

Chromatography specialists from Malvern Instruments will present a reliable optimized solution for lignin characterization at a series of upcoming conferences in 2015, the first of which is Nordic Polymer Days, Denmark, June 1 – 3. [More]
Prickly Lettuce Holds Promise for Rubber Production

Prickly Lettuce Holds Promise for Rubber Production

Scientists from Washington State University (WSU) claim that the common prickly lettuce demonstrates potential as a raw material for producing rubber. The prickly lettuce is a common weed and is a wild relative of cultivated lettuce. [More]
Researchers Observe Micro-Scale Mechanisms Behind Skin’s Resistance to Tearing

Researchers Observe Micro-Scale Mechanisms Behind Skin’s Resistance to Tearing

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) San Diego have collaborated to show why the skin is resistant to tearing. [More]
Organic, Environmentally Friendly Material for Thin, Flexible Display Screens

Organic, Environmentally Friendly Material for Thin, Flexible Display Screens

Researchers at the Tel Aviv University have developed a novel DNA-peptide structure that could be used for production of thin, transparent, and flexible digital displays. Present day screens are made up of a number of rigid layers. The new structure harnesses bionanotechnology for enabling a single pliable pixel layer to emit a full range of colors. [More]
New Book on ‘Polymers from Plant Oils’ Released by Smithers Rapra

New Book on ‘Polymers from Plant Oils’ Released by Smithers Rapra

This book provides an update on the field of polymers derived from vegetable oils. It highlights the remarkable progress achieved in all aspects of the discipline over the last decade, ranging from direct exploitation of triglycerides to their conversion into novel monomeric species and their polymerisation (including the properties and potential applications of the ensuing materials). [More]
Reflectin Film-Based Camouflage System Helps Soldiers Hide from Infrared Cameras

Reflectin Film-Based Camouflage System Helps Soldiers Hide from Infrared Cameras

A research team from the University of California at Irvine has developed “squid-inspired invisibility stickers” that allow soldiers to disguise themselves and hide from active infrared visualization. [More]