Apropos K

Overview: Apropos K

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When life gives you lemons, make bioplastics!


Chemists of Spain developed an environmentally friendly method to produce BPA-free polycarbonate from limonene and CO2.
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Testing a soft silicone heart


ETH 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.
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Turning car plastics into foams with coconut oil


End-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.
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3D-printed polymere stabilizes weak organ


In 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.
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Material research against oil spill polution


When 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.
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Wedding day highlight: walking down the aisle in an EPS dress


A 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.
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Jack of all trades: Plastic sensors detect disease markers in breath


A 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.
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Schoolbag made from recycled plastic sheds light on poverty


A 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.
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Flexible, organic and biodegradable: Researchers develop new wave of electronics


A 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.
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Apropos K: life and death of Wallace Hume Carothers, the inventor of nylon and the discoverer of neoprene


He 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.
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