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“Holding your world together”: a brief history of the rubber band


173 years ago, on 17. March 1845, the London industrialist Stephen Perry was granted the patent for the production of elastic bands from vulcanised natural rubber. Since then, he has been considered the inventor of the rubber band, although he benefitted from the work done previously by one of his compatriots. The English-speaking world still continues to dominate the headlines where rubber ...
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Polyethylen invented


On March 12, 1933, scientists at British Imperial Chemical Industries succeeded in producing polyethylene for the first time, one of the most versatile thermoplastic polymers.
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Tracking odors and emissions from Polymers


On March 19 and 20, 2019 producers, users, experts from government agencies and independent experts meet for the “21th Conference on Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials“ at the University of Kassel Institute for Material Technology.
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Nylon patented


On February 16, 1937, the US chemical company Du Pont applied for a patent on the synthetic fiber "nylon". Nylon was the first fully synthetic fiber to lay the groundwork for exploring more synthetics, offering the textile industry completely new possibilities in product design.
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First car tyre made from synthetic rubber


On 15.2.1936, IG Farben presented the first car tyre made from synthetic rubber (styrene butadiene rubber / SBR) to the public. In doing this, the company demonstrated in practice that natural rubber is not needed to produce car tyres. What was designed to be part of an emergency plan conceived by the Nazi regime in case there was a ´...
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85th anniversary of the death of the chemist Fritz Klatte


If there is a plastic that has the ability to fuel emotions, then it is polyvinyl chloride, better known by its abbreviation PVC. Although the German chemist Fritz Klatte (1880-1934) was not the person who discovered PVC, he did play what was an economically significant role in that he laid the foundations for the industrial production of the third most important plastic in the world today.
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Directly-cooled electric motor made from polymer materials


Making electric cars lighter also involves reducing the weight of the motor. One way to do that is by constructing it from fiber-reinforced polymer materials. Researchers are developing a new cooling concept that will enable polymers to be used as motor housing materials. And that’s not the only advantage of the new cooling concept: it also significantly increases the power density and ...
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45 years ago: the public meets Playmobil


On 2 February 1974, Geobra Brandstätter first revealed its innovative seven-centimeter-tall plastic toy to the public at the Nuremberg Toy Fair – and made quite a splash. ...
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Obtaining polyester from plant oil


University of Konstanz chemist Professor Stefan Mecking publishes a new catalysis concept for obtaining polyester from castor oil.
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Stretchy solar cells a step closer


Rice University scientists develop flexible organic photovoltaics with a chemical additive that mitigates the material's brittle qualities. At the right concentration, thiol-ene molecules infiltrate the polymer material and form a mesh that makes the entire material stretchable without losing efficiency.
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