Apropos K

Overview: Apropos K

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Starting shot for K success story

11/10/2018

On 11 October 1952, Theodor Heuss, then Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany, officially opened the first “Plastics Trade Fair and Exhibition”, laying the foundation for the success story now known as the K Trade Fair in Düsseldorf.
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Organic ferromagnetism: Trapping spins in the glassy state of an organic network structure

18/09/2018

A team of researchers, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) presents alternative approaches for versatile future applications of plastic magnets.
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Mobile particles make plastic films colored

10/09/2018

A transparent material can “answer” temperature changes or, in the future, the presence of chemical substances and toxins with a color Change.
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Plastics innovation inspired by feet

28/08/2018

Geckos, spiders and beetles have shown us how to do it: thanks to special adhesive elements on their feet, they can easily run along ceilings or walls. The science of bionics tries to imitate and control such biological functions, for technological applications and the creation of artificial materials. A research team from Kiel University (CAU) has now succeeded in boosting the adhesive ...
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Soil bugs munch on plastics

26/07/2018

Thin mulch films made of polyethylene are used in agriculture in numerous countries, where they cause extensive soil contamination. Researchers at ETH Zurich and Eawag have now identified an alternative: films made of the polymer PBAT biodegrade in soils.
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Swim­ming with­out an en­gine and with muscels made of plastics

20/06/2018

Us­ing noth­ing but 3D print­ing, sci­en­tists have de­vel­oped a pad­dling sub­ma­rine that re­quires no en­gine, pro­pel­lant or power sup­ply.
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Producing sensors with an inkjet printer

26/06/2018

Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart. These applications require soft materials, however. With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now succeeded in printing electrodes directly onto several soft substrates.
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So that Ronaldo & Co. can do their magic

28/05/2018

The official ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has received Empa's "stamp of approval" after numerous rigorous tests. Some goalkeepers had been critical of its flight characteristics, but the reason for this may lie somewhere else – the rather unconventional appearance of the new ball.
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Soils in Swiss nature reserves contain significant quantities of microplastics

27/04/2018

It is one of the first research projects into the existence of microplastics in the soil: Scientists at the University of Bern investigated floodplain soils in Swiss nature reserves for microplastics – and made a find. They estimate, that there are around 53 tonnes of microplastics lying in the top five centimetres of the floodplain. Even many of the soils in remote, protected mountainous ...
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Improved stability of plastic light-emitting diodes

18/04/2018

Polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) are attractive for use in large–area displays and lighting panels, but their limited stability impedes commercialization. Scientists of the Max Planck Institut for Polymer Research (MPIP) in Mainz have discovered the reasons for instability.
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