Researchers have developed an advanced polymer nanomaterial that is electrically conductive, strong, and yet flexible enough to be folded easily. The material offers a new approach to improve aerospace components, flexible armor, water filtration, and electrical energy storage. The research was a joint effort of the Dalian University of Technology in China and the Drexel University. [More]
An international research team from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and North Carolina State University has discovered that high-efficient organic solar cells can be produced cost-effectively and in large quantities by applying temperature-dependent aggregation in semi-conducting polymers. The study was published in Nature Communications. [More]
A team of researchers led by Professor Henning Sirringhaus at the University of Cambridge, have discovered a new class of semiconducting polymers that can efficiently transport electrons despite their disorganised internal structure. Semiconducting polymers are used in flexible LED displays, solar cells and in printed electronic circuits. [More]
Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, says a combination of two of its most innovative thermoplastics technologies has resulted in high performance pressure vessels that are ideally suited for use as lightweight fuel tanks for automobiles running on compressed natural gas (CNG) or hydrogen. With a solution for both the inner liner and the outer tape reinforcement, DSM is able to reduce the weight of the tank by up to 70%. [More]
Large, metropolitan regions are not only hubs for commercial construction, but they are also the areas that are most vulnerable to attacks and catastrophic losses from natural disasters, like tornados or hurricanes.
Members of ICN2 Nanostructures Functional Materials Group published a series of works developing robust nanoparticles based on coordination polymers for application on theranostics (therapy + diagnosis). They opened a wide variety of possibilities into high added-value medical applications. [More]
Teijin DuPont Films Japan Limited, a global joint venture partnership for polyester films between Teijin Limited and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., has developed a polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) film, Teonex® QF, a... [More]
A team of researchers from the FOM Institute AMOLF and Forschungszentrum Jülich have discovered that the filaments of biopolymer networks become soft when transitioning from an entwined spaghetti of filaments to aligned bow-shaped filaments. [More]
Scientists from Purdue University have created a new class of electrically conductive polymers known as PTMA which are likely to revolutionise the manufacture of smart lightweight batteries, ultrathin antiglare coatings and transparent solar cells for the aircraft and electronics markets in a relatively inexpensive manner. [More]
Victrex has developed a new PAEK-based polymer and an innovative hybrid molding technology. This allows engineers to overmold a PAEK-based composite with fiber-reinforced VICTREX® PEEK injection molding materials.