Apropos K

Technological progress would be inconceivable without modern materials and there is no doubt at all that plastics are among the most versatile materials that exist. It is impossible to imagine the world as we know it without plastics. The “Topic of the Month” highlights issues of particular interest, focussing on plastics in everyday life – including special case studies – and providing historical background information, with in-depth descriptions that are understandable to non-experts too.

Overview: Apropos K

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Pioneer and father of polymer research

23/03/2017

Completed his doctorate at 22, appointed professor at 26, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry at 72 - an impressive career: Hermann Staudinger, the father of polymer chemistry, was born exactly 136 years ago.
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How cool is this: artistic presentation of rubber

17/03/2017

Visual artists need materials to carry out their profession: painters need canvas, while sculptors need wood or stone. Blake McFarland needs rubber – in the form of car tyres, because McFarland is a tyre artist, who makes deceptively genuine sculptures that look real and are so impressive that the US tyre manufacturer Goodyear decided to commission Blake McFarland for a ...
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Car tyres made from food waste – sounds incredible, but it isn’t

09/03/2017

Millions of tonnes of egg shells and tomato skins are left over all round the world every year – most of them attributable to industrial processing operations. Up to now, these shells and skins have been disposed of as waste. Scientists from Ohio State University in the USA wondered whether it was not possible to make something better than waste out of these natural materials. The answer is ...
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Electronics that stick to the skin

03/03/2017

It looks like a tattoo, but it isn’t one. It does, however, conduct electricity – wirelessly! Welcome to the future, welcome to the here and now of polymer electronics.
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Rubber protects against unwelcome surprises

21/02/2017

Guys: remember to put something on. Rubber as effective protection against unwelcome surprises ... not only during exuberant carnival celebrations.
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Plastics don’t conduct electricity? Nonsense – of course they can!

07/02/2017

Plastics don’t conduct electricity? Nonsense! Of course they can! Alan MacDiarmid, one of the men who proved this and were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their achievement in 2000, died ten years ago.
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“Plastic Peter” urges audiences to handle plastic debris carefully

17/11/2016

The short film produced in connection with the seas and oceans science year draws people’s attention to marine debris and is now being shown in cinemas with immediate effect.
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Bendable electronic paper displays whole color range

14/11/2016

Less than a micrometre thin, bendable and giving all the colours that a regular LED display does, it still needs ten times less energy than a Kindle tablet. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed the basis for a new electronic "paper". Their results were recently published in the high impact journal Advanced Materials.
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Fibre-reinforced plastics make orthioses lighter and more flexible

03/11/2016

Orthioses are sometimes too stiff and can lead to pressure sores. The materials that Dr Markus Brzeski produces at his start-up “A+ Composites” are flexible and lighter while being stronger than steel at the same time. At the Institute for Composite Materials that is part of Kaiserslautern Technical University, he has developed a process that is inexpensive and saves material, with which ...
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Experts who are still at school need your assistance

25/10/2016

Never let it be said again that young people nowadays are good for nothing. Nonsense! Anyone who makes generalisations like this is in danger of losing the most talented of teenagers.
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