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New Educational Resources from Malvern Provide a Valuable Grounding in Polymer Solution Characterization

New Educational Resources from Malvern Provide a Valuable Grounding in Polymer Solution Characterization

Following the highly successful webinar series ‘Polymer solution characterization’, Malvern Instruments has released two new white papers that provide practical advice about characterizing polymers and measuring the rheology of polymer solutions. [More]
Igus to Highlight New Tribopolymer Materials at Plastics Design & Moulding 2015

Igus to Highlight New Tribopolymer Materials at Plastics Design & Moulding 2015

Plastic materials specialist igus® will be showcasing a range of its new tribopolymer materials for the plastics design and moulding industry at this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding (PDM) event, taking place in Telford on 16th – 17th June. [More]
Rice University Researchers Induce Superplasticity in 2D Materials

Rice University Researchers Induce Superplasticity in 2D Materials

Researchers from Rice University have been analyzing the characteristics of a 2D dichalcogenide - molybdenum disulfide - and discovered that its atomically thin layers could adopt the characteristics of plastic in the presence of a sulfur-infused gas at a specific pressure and temperature. [More]
Graft-Copolymer Micelles-Based Transparent, Non-Wettable, Anti-Graffiti, Wear-Resistant Coatings

Graft-Copolymer Micelles-Based Transparent, Non-Wettable, Anti-Graffiti, Wear-Resistant Coatings

Requirements for anti-smudge coatings are tough: They should be invisible, thin, repel any possible contaminant while not affecting the desired properties of the substrate, and they should be highly durable. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Canadian scientists now present a new coating approach based on graft-copolymer micelles embedded in a polyurethane (PU) polymer. A coating based on these micelles has constant surface properties, even after extensive wear. [More]
Smithers Rapra Publishing Releases New Book on Chemistry and Processing of Recycled Polymers

Smithers Rapra Publishing Releases New Book on Chemistry and Processing of Recycled Polymers

The increasing consumption of different kinds of polymer based materials results in huge amount of waste materials. Once the polymers have fulfilled the function for which they have been manufactured, they are disposed of in landfills in large amounts each year, which is incompatible with current environmental goals. The disposal of polymer based plastics such as incineration and landfill results in environmental pollution and land occupation. [More]
New OMNISEC from Malvern Instruments Brings Unmatched Performance in the Analysis of Synthetic Polymers

New OMNISEC from Malvern Instruments Brings Unmatched Performance in the Analysis of Synthetic Polymers

The unrivalled performance of OMNISEC, Malvern Instruments’ new gel permeation chromatography/size exclusion chromatography (GPC/SEC) system, is demonstrated in a series of recently released application notes which highlight the sensitivity of the system in synthetic polymer analysis. [More]
Synthetic Muscle Material to be Tested in Space

Synthetic Muscle Material to be Tested in Space

Lenore Rasmussen’s Synthetic Muscle™ material will be launched to the International Space Station by a Falcon 9 rocket on April 13, 2015, from Cape Canaveral in Florida. [More]
Mitsubishi’s MX-Nylon to be Distributed by Foster Polymer Distribution in North America

Mitsubishi’s MX-Nylon to be Distributed by Foster Polymer Distribution in North America

Foster Polymer Distribution, a business unit of Foster Corporation specializing in the distribution of medical polymers and additives, announces their official partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to distribute MX-Nylon to the North American medical market. [More]
N-Type Polymer Material Holds Promise in Energy Storage Applications

N-Type Polymer Material Holds Promise in Energy Storage Applications

The University of Houston researchers have developed a versatile electron-transporting polymer that is highly conductive. This has been a mystery to researchers for a very long time and this discovery holds promise in ultrafast battery applications. [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]