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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Driving cars in flip flops is demonstrably dangerous

09/09/2016

Something that can be seen time and again at the moment: shorts, T-shirt, baseball cap on the head and flip flops on the feet. In this attire, quite a few people are going to the swimming pool or lake or wherever by car instead of bike – out of habit or because it is convenient or deliberately, because the AC promises to make it more pleasant. Fans of lightweight polymer shoes should, ...
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Plastic keeps the heart beating

16/09/2016

Thousands of people need to have new heart valves fitted every year. When they are available and the body accepts them, human or animal transplants are used. Where this is not the case, synthetic products manufactured by medical engineering companies are chosen instead. Plastics play a major role in the latter case. Scientists have now developed a new kind of artificial heart valve with the ...
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Fivefold increase in performance through gentle treatment

05/08/2016

Scientists from the Institute of Polymer Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) develop tailor-made membrane materials based on thermally rearranged polymers. The researchers recently managed to create the membranes at 250 degrees Celsius rather than at 450 degrees. This represents a breakthrough as the new materials have both an impact that is five times higher ...
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Novel biomaterials from proteins

01/08/2016

For nearly 25 years, biomaterials from renewable raw material have been a priority field of research at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm. Research to date has focused on plant-based raw materials such as cellulose, starch, and lignin. Now the researchers are also developing biomaterials from proteins. Two new departments are involved with this field.
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High-purity plastic parts: the search for inclusions

25/07/2016

The OPtima research project is aimed at improving the manufacture of plastic components for semiconductor machines.
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More violence in children’s rooms due to LEGO toys

18/07/2016

It’s no real surprise: the increasing amount of violence all over the world is reflected not just in the print, electronic and digital media but also in toys and thus in children’s room round the world. Toy manufacturers like Lego are responding to this development, as a study carried out by the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has established.
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Separation and efficient sorting of black plastics

23/06/2016

Up to now, it has not been possible to maintain the value of black plastics of the kind used for dashboards when they are recycled: due to their absorption properties, they are simply invisible to the standard analytical systems. A new technology now developed by Fraunhofer research scientists is able to separate and sort black plastics efficiently – at affordable prices.
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Polymeres and medicine: Bioactive film improves how implants bond with bone in animal study

23/06/2016

Researchers have developed a technique for coating polymer implants with a bioactive film that significantly increases bonding between the implant and surrounding bone in an animal model. The advance could significantly improve the success rate of such implants, which are often used in spinal surgeries. The work was done by researchers at North Carolina State University, the ...
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Transparent - Flexible - Printable: Key technologies for tomorrow’s displays

31/05/2016

The trend-forward world of display technology relies on innovative materials and novel approaches to steadily advance the visual experience, for example through higher pixel densities, better contrast, larger formats or user-friendler design. Fraunhofer ISC’s newly developed materials for optics and electronics now broaden the application potential of next generation displays.
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Minnesota Vikings' new stadium first in U.S. to use a lightweight ETFE film roof

24/05/2016

The new home of the Minnesota Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium, will become the first sports facility in the U.S. with a transparent roof, permitting outdoor light without weather restrictions, thanks to 3M (St. Paul, MN) technology.
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