While most farmers are actively trying to kill weeds, researchers in Ohio are trying to grow them – fast. Taraxacum kok-saghyz, a special variety of dandelion from Kazakhstan — nicknamed “Buckeye Gold” by the researchers studying it — may be the answer to sustainable and U.S.-based rubber-making. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, examines the plants’ potential for revolutionizing the rubber industry.
Scientists from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the University of Seville and AZVI, a railway transport company, have jointly created a material that includes rubber from worn tires for use in the subballast layer of train tracks.
An experiment conducted in the laboratory of Stanford University’s chemical engineering professor Zhenan Bao has resulted in the creation of a super-stretchy material. It began when one of the Bao’s team members, Cheng-Hui Li was testing the stretchiness of an elastomer, which he had just synthesized.
Quantum Silicones (QSi) now provide a new range of True Skin products available in three Shore A hardnesses: 30, 20 and 10. All of the grades are two-part, addition (platinum) cure silicones.
Macro trends including an aging population, technological advancements and increased healthcare spending promise to boost global medical device industry growth by 6.1 percent annually over the next two years.
Shawn Mealey, a Senior Industry Specialist for the Dow Corning Plastics Team, will present a free webinar aimed at improving the performance of polymers in compounding, processing, and product manufacturing, to air live on UL Prospector, October 1st, 2015 at 11 am (EST).
Polymer chemists and physicists have developed an innovative way to produce an ultra-soft yet dry silicone rubber that has an adjustable softness to match a wide range of biological tissues. The study, which appeared on the cover of the journal Advanced Materials, holds promise in biomedical research and engineering.
R.D. Abbott Company, Inc. (RDA) has signed a new distribution agreement with Dow Corning Corporation to distribute Dow Corning®medical device elastomers to manufacturers and fabricators in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
University of Leicester researchers have that for reproducing textured surfaces, rubbers with a more fluid formulation are more reliable than those that are thick and sticky.
Bo Persson and his colleagues at the Jülich Research Center, have discovered new temperature and velocity-dependent properties of rubber friction on asphalt.