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New material captures carbon dioxide


The captured CO2 can be converted into plastic and other useful organic materials.
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Combination of wood fibers and spider silk create a new kind of polymer


Achieving strength and extensibility at the same time has so far been a great challenge in material engineering: increasing strength has meant losing extensibility and vice versa. Now Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland researchers have succeeded in overcoming this challenge, inspired by nature.
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Making polyurethane degradable gives its components a second life


Polyurethane waste is piling up, but scientists have a possible solution: They have developed a method to make polyurethane degradable. Once the original product's useful life is over, the polymer can easily be dissolved into ingredients to make new products such as superglue.
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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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Artificial heart valves: new coating procedure could reduce risk of thrombosis


A research team from materials science has developed a method of connecting plastics which enables completely new applications. For example in heart valves, to which hardly any blood adheres.
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Wireless microengine made from a twisted polymer fibre


A highly efficient, micro-sized motor-cum-energy storage system has been presented in the journal ‘Science’. The ‘microengine’ is made from polymeric micro-fibres, which are stiff at room temperature. When heated, the fibres become elastic and can be twisted – like a model aeroplane powered by a rubber band....
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Innovative materials with carbon fibres made from algae


In combination with granite or other types of hard rock, carbon fibres make possible all-new construction and building materials. Theoretical calculations show: If the carbon fibres are produced from algae oil, production of the innovative materials extracts more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it sets free.
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Porsche launches low-volume production with bio-based materials


Automaker Porsche is leveraging the benefits of organic materials in automotive manufacturing applications. The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport features body parts made of natural-fiber composite materials ...
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Plastic water bottles may one day fly people cross-country


A research group led by Washington State University scientists has found a way to turn regular plastic waste products into jet fuel.
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Yoghurt in plastic tubs


Light, stable, safe and simple to transport: these were the main requirements that the yoghurt packaging was supposed to satisfy. On 10. May 1963, Meierei-Zentrale Berlin presented its new, square tub made of plastic. In doing so, it pioneered a convenient way to eat yoghurt that had been unknown until then.
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