15/07/2017ETH researchers from the Functional Materials Laboratory have developed a silicone heart that beats almost like a human heart. In collaboration with colleagues from the Product Development Group Zurich, they have tested how well it works.
28/06/2017End-of-life vehicles, with their plastic, metal and rubber components, are responsible for millions of tons of waste around the world each year. Now, one team reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering that the plastic components in these vehicles can be recycled with coconut oil and re-used as foams for the construction, packaging and automotive industries.
14/06/2017In the USA, customised implants have been manufactured for the first time by the 3D printing process from biodegradable polymer materials, with which the lives of young children can be saved who have suffered from severe respiratory problems ever since they were born.
09/06/2017When oil mixes with or enters into water, conventional methods of cleaning the water and removing the oil can be challenging, expensive and environmentally risky. But researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin believe they may have developed a better method.
01/06/2017A high school student from the US state of Ohio has succeeded in attracting the attention not only of women who are keen to get married in an unusual dress but also of players in the plastics community: Alyssa Hertz makes wedding dresses out of expanded polystyrene (EPS), also known as Styrofoam.
19/05/2017A small, thin square of an organic plastic that can detect disease markers in breath or toxins in a building's air could soon be the basis of portable, disposable sensor devices.
12/05/2017A backpack made entirely from recycled plastic and that helps you do your homework? Yes, you read that correctly. A South African start-up has developed a bag made entirely from recycled plastic with a solar charging lamp.
04/05/2017A new polymer-based semiconductor developed by Stanford researchers is as flexible as skin and easily degradable. It could have diverse medical and environmental applications, without adding to the mounting pile of global electronic waste.
27/04/2017He would be included in any list of the names of significant polymer chemistry scientists: Wallace Hume Carothers, the discoverer of neoprene and the inventor of nylon. Wallace Hume Carothers was born in Burlington in the US state of Iowa on 27. April 1896 as the oldest of four children.
19/04/2017Scientists at INM have developed a new type of hybrid inks which allows electronic circuits to be applied to paper directly from a pen.