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Biofabric Better than Bioplastic for Certain Vegetable Production

Biofabric Better than Bioplastic for Certain Vegetable Production

The use of polyethylene mulch is a common practice in vegetable production, but environmental issues related to the disposal of petroleum-based plastic mulches have producers looking for alternatives. [More]
3D-Printed, Enzyme-Embedded Polymer Converts Methane into Methanol

3D-Printed, Enzyme-Embedded Polymer Converts Methane into Methanol

Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have merged both 3D printing and biology to develop the very first reactor that will have the potential to continuously create methanol from methane at room pressure and temperature. [More]
Scientists Use Terahertz Laser to Induce Conformational Changes in Polymers

Scientists Use Terahertz Laser to Induce Conformational Changes in Polymers

For the first time, researchers from the RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics (RAP), have successfully induced permanent alterations in the polymer conformation using a terahertz laser, thereby providing it with an increased crystallization pattern. [More]
Researchers Develop New Technique to Produce Polymer Opals at Industrial Scale

Researchers Develop New Technique to Produce Polymer Opals at Industrial Scale

A new method has been devised by researchers for arranging tiny marbles into standard layers, thereby forming exciting materials, which disperse light into vivid colors, and which alters its color on stretching or twisting. [More]
3D Printing of Patterned Membranes Paves Way for Advanced Membrane Technology

3D Printing of Patterned Membranes Paves Way for Advanced Membrane Technology

According to Penn State scientists, polymer membranes, which are patterned for enhanced performance, can now be prototyped and tested with a new kind of 3D printing. [More]
Nature-Inspired Synthetic Proteins Could Pave Way for Self-Healing Polymers

Nature-Inspired Synthetic Proteins Could Pave Way for Self-Healing Polymers

A team of Penn State researchers claim that the ring teeth of a certain type of squid species could pave the way for self-healing polymers, meticulously built for stretchability and specific toughness. This polymer may have potential for use in the cosmetics, textiles, and medicine industries. [More]
SIFSIX MOFs are Better Alternatives to Conventional Plastic Manufacturing

SIFSIX MOFs are Better Alternatives to Conventional Plastic Manufacturing

Plastic manufacturing is a process that consumes significant amounts of energy. Research conducted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has discovered a way to decrease the energy demand in one major step of manufacturing plastic by making use of a group of materials, which can filter impurities more effectively compared to traditional manufacturing process. [More]
Penn State Researchers Use Biocompatible Techniques to Reverse DNA-Based Nanomaterials

Penn State Researchers Use Biocompatible Techniques to Reverse DNA-Based Nanomaterials

Nanomaterials or DNA-based straight and branched polymers, which can be formed and dissolved using biocompatible techniques, are currently possible because of the work of biomedical engineers from Penn State. [More]
Cartamundi, imec and Holst Centre Receive Best Product Award for Ultra-Thin Plastic RFID Technology

Cartamundi, imec and Holst Centre Receive Best Product Award for Ultra-Thin Plastic RFID Technology

Cartamundi, imec and Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) are proud to announce to have just won the “Best Product” - Award at Printed Electronics Europe for their ultra-thin plastic RFID technology integrated into Cartamundi’s playing cards. [More]
New Semiconducting Polymer for Futuristic Flexible Electronics

New Semiconducting Polymer for Futuristic Flexible Electronics

Polymer semiconductors have the potential to be used as a key part in plastic electronics of the future. These semiconductors can be processed economically on large-area and mechanically flexible substrates. [More]