Topic of the Month: October 2015

Sustainability is essential in future

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Plastics made from vegetable oil

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According to American scientists, Polyurethane can be produced from vegetable oil. © istockphoto / AngiPhotos

First article in the “sustainability” series

Professor Michael Kessler. Source: Washington State University

Professor Michael Kessler. Source: Washington State University

Move towards attractive alternatives

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Polyurethane is an extremely resistant, hard-wearing and corrosion-resistant plastic that is used in the production of foam plastics, car tyres, hoses and sealing materials. © istockphoto / ImageegamI

New approach adopted in vegetable-based plastic production

Polyurethanes are produced by reacting an isocyanate (R−(N=C=O)n ≥ 2) with a polyol (R'−(OH)n ≥ 2) in the presence of a catalyst or by activation with ultraviolet light.

Polyurethanes are in the class of compounds called reaction polymers, which include epoxies, unsaturated polyesters, and phenolics. (Source: Wikipedia)

Solvent-free production of biobased polyurethane

Professor Michael Kessler (l.) an a member of his team in the laboratory. Source: Washington State University

Professor Michael Kessler (l.) an a member of his team in the laboratory. Source: Washington State University

The ingredients are crucial, not their origin

Interest in technology transfer: research scientists are looking for users

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11/13/2017

November 2017: Real plastic hearts

An artificial heart would be an absolute lifesaver for people with cardiac failure. However, to recreate the complex organ in the laboratory, one would first need to work out how to grow multi-layered, living tissues. Researchers have now come one step closer to this goal: by means of a spraying process, they have created functioning muscle fibers a three-dimensional synthetic polymer scaffold.
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