Apropos K -- K Trade Fair


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Making More Plastics Recyclable


To date, it is nothing but the wishful thinking of many plastics recyclers: that recyclability is taken into account right from the very beginning of a product’s life cycle, at the product design stage. A new project aims at making this dream come true.
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Cool snapshot


"With automatic exposure and customisable lens, every snapshot is now a hit! Thanks to stylish colours and customisable design, it enhances the look and becomes a cool accessory." With these and similar words, a photo technology is marketed that is decades old but now fully in vogue again: the instant camera. The first of its kind was sold in the USA on 26 November 1948.
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Sustainable nylon production made possible by bacteria discovery


Nylon manufacture could be revolutionised by the discovery that bacteria can make a key chemical involved in the process, without emitting harmful greenhouse gases.
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Smallest 3D printed miniature endoscope in the world


Researchers of the Universities of Stuttgart and Adelaide in cooperation with medical research centers in Australia developed a special microoptical tool with a thickness of only 125 microns. This enables endoscopic examimations within blood vessels whose diameter is smaller than 0.5 mm and helps detecting plaques or thrombs to reduce the danger of a stroke or a heart attack.
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Polymere ink of the future in printed electronics


A research group led by Simone Fabiano at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University, has created an organic material with superb conductivity that doesn't need to be doped. They have achieved this by mixing two polymers with different properties.
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Antiviral and Antimicrobial Additive Developed for Face Masks


Wearing a fase mask can significantly reduce the range of viruses that are coughed up. This is the conclusion reached by scientists from the university in Edinburgh, Scotland. Nevertheless, the mask does not protect against infection per se. An Israeli company has now developed an additive wih an antiviral effect that can be applied to the mask.
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Better drinking water thanks to plastics


Around 2.2 billion people do not have an access to clean drinking water, although two thirds of the earth is covered with water. However, more than 97 percent of it is inedible salt water. So drinking water is a very rare commodity on earth. However, drinking water can be obtained from salt water. Polymeres could help.
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Trauer um den Hauptgeschäftsführer von PlasticsEurope Deutschland Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann


Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann ist am Freitag, 17. April 2020, plötzlich und unerwartet in seinem Heimatort Leun verstorben. Die Kunststoffbranche verliert eine Leitfigur mit großer Gestaltungskraft, einen Neuerer und Wegbereiter, der sich sowohl auf nationaler wie auch auf europäischer Ebene dafür engagiert hat, dass der Kunststoffindustrie die angemessene Bedeutung zukommt.
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Looking for new packaging materials


In a joint research project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and the technical film producer POLIFILM Extrusion GmbH, are working to engineer biopolymer-based films for food packaging. In this project, the specialists relied on chitosan coatings to increase the resistance of food to microbiological impacts.
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New way of recycling plant-based plastics instead of letting them rot in landfill


Scientists have developed new way to break down plant-based plastics into their original building blocks, potentially allowing products to be recycled repeatedly without a loss in the quality of the plastic.
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