Apropos K

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Significant figures in the history of plastics: Dr. Fritz Klatte


Significant figures in the history of plastics: Dr Fritz Klatte, one of the pioneers of plastics chemistry, died on 11. February 1934. The patents he obtained in 1912 and 1913 formed the basis for the first thermoplastic polymers, particularly polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
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Tracking odors and emissions from Polymers


On March 20 and 21, 2018 producers, users, experts from government agencies and independent experts meet for the “20th Conference on Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials“ at the University of Kassel Institute for Material Technology.
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Nature-inspired soft millirobot


Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems invented a magnetically controlled soft robot only four millimeters in size, that can walk, crawl or roll through uneven terrain, carry cargo, climb onto the water surface, and even swim in it. The inspiration comes from soft-bodied beetle larvae and caterpillars, and even jellyfishes posed as biological models.
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Transparent Coatings for Everyday Applications


Water- and dirt-repellent sportswear and outdoor clothing, or anti-fog windshields – there are many everyday products that can profit from highly hydrophobic coatings. For such coatings, researchers led by Dr. Bastian E. Rapp at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have created Fluoropor, a material that is both transparent and abrasion-resistant and that consists of a fluorinated polymer ...
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Learning from mother nature


Under the influence of shear forces, nanoparticles from the secretion of velvet worms form polymer fibres that can be recycled in water
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A polymer 'love hormone' sensor for the early detection of autism


Is it going to be possible to detect features of autism at birth? At the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw a sensor has come into being that means this may become a reality. The main recognition component of the new device is a polymer layer with a carefully designed structure. It recognizes molecules of oxytocin, a compound considered to be one of the ...
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A rubber power plant


Researchers from Empa have developed a flexible material that generates electricity when stressed. In future, it might be used as a sensor, integrated into clothing or even implanted in the human body, for instance, to power a pacemaker.
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Artistic presentation of plastics


Design icons from the German Plastics Museum in Düsseldorf are being presented at the special exhibition “Plastic::Fantastic” that is being held at the Homburg Castle Museum and Forum until 3. December 2017.
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Greener ways of producing synthetic fibres


New insights into how animals spin silk could lead to new, greener ways of producing synthetic fibres, according to academics at the University of Sheffield.
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Turning human waste into plastic, nutrients could aid long-distance space travel


Imagine you're on your way to Mars, and you lose a crucial tool during a spacewalk. Not to worry, you'll simply re-enter your spacecraft and use some microorganisms to convert your urine and exhaled carbon dioxide into chemicals to make a new tool. That's one goal of scientists developing ways to make long space trips feasible. The researchers will present their results today at the ...
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