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Researchers Develop Biodegradable Plastics from Biomass

Researchers Develop Biodegradable Plastics from Biomass

Researchers at the North Dakota State University, Fargo have developed a method of producing biomass plastic which can be broken down and reduced to molecules upon exposure to a specific light. The reduced substances can then be used to form a new plastic. Plastic is a key component in almost everything today from electronics to vehicles and packaging. It gets deposited in oceans and landfills after being discarded. [More]
Cortec Bio Fuel Additive Provides Corrosion Protection and Better Engine Performance

Cortec Bio Fuel Additive Provides Corrosion Protection and Better Engine Performance

Powered by Nano VpCI®- is a new specially formulated, biobased, biodegradable, multifunctional fuel additive to bio-fuels, produced using renewable and sustainable raw materials. This environmentally friendly product serves as a corrosion inhibitor, fuel stabilizer and water emulsifier for biodiesel, diesel, gasoline, gasohol mixtures and other bio-fuels. It provides premium multiphase corrosion protection, lubricity and elastomer protection allowing better engine performance. [More]
Dow Corning Witnesses Growing Demand for LSR Materials in Medical Applications

Dow Corning Witnesses Growing Demand for LSR Materials in Medical Applications

Healthcare OEMs and fabricators are constantly looking for advanced and versatile material technologies to address increasing medical expenses, rising demand for both complicated and disposable medical devices, and the requirements of rigorous healthcare standards. Dow Corning says that these converging trends are the growth drivers for its extensive range of high-performance liquid silicone rubber (LSR) solutions. [More]
UPV/EHU BIOMAT Group Develops Biodegradable Container for Oily Products

UPV/EHU BIOMAT Group Develops Biodegradable Container for Oily Products

The BIOMAT group at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) has developed an active, biodegradable container for packaging of solid and liquid oily products. This container is made from agro-industrial by-products. It is transparent and can prevent gases like oxygen and ultraviolet light from entering the container. This container can be printed upon and can also be thermally sealed. [More]

Study Investigates Inherent Contamination in Deep Well Microplates

A recent study by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kent, UK provides a detailed analysis of deep well microplates and the significant levels of contamination found in more than 50% of the commercially available plates tested. [More]
Electrostatic Force Microscopy Provides New Evidence for Microbial Nanowires in Geobacter

Electrostatic Force Microscopy Provides New Evidence for Microbial Nanowires in Geobacter

The claim by microbiologist Derek Lovley and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that the microbe Geobacter produces nanowires has been the subject of a great deal of scientific debate over the last decade. Now a new collaborative study has provided strong evidence in accordance with their claims. [More]
Protein-Based Smart Materials Demonstrate Extreme Sensitivity to the Environment

Protein-Based Smart Materials Demonstrate Extreme Sensitivity to the Environment

A new class of protein-based, smart materials has been created by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. These materials could help develop new kinds of drug release systems, flow valves, biological sensors and sensitive, flexible coatings that can manufactured at low-cost on an industrial scale. [More]
Complex Cholesterol Synthesis Process Unveiled Through Enzyme Mapping

Complex Cholesterol Synthesis Process Unveiled Through Enzyme Mapping

Rockefeller University researchers have identified a new method which reveals the complex molecular structure of cholesterol by mapping a key enzyme structure during cholesterol production. [More]
Harvard Researchers Develop Super-Repellent Coating for Medical Implants

Harvard Researchers Develop Super-Repellent Coating for Medical Implants

An innovative surface coating has been developed for medical implants using FDA-approved materials by a Harvard research team. This new solution has the potential to address bacterial infection and blood clotting, which are the two major problems currently faced by medical devices. [More]
New Bioresorbable Silicon Circuits and Sensors for Medical Applications

New Bioresorbable Silicon Circuits and Sensors for Medical Applications

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed biocompatible electronic devices which are completely soluble in water. [More]