24/11/2020Plastics and rubber are not only remarkable materials that inspire developers and engineers to make technical or application-specific innovations. Polymers also prove to be inspiring for art and culture. Today's Topic of the Month looks episodically at the influence and use of the term plastic in and around music.
25/08/2020There are limits to the use of olfactorily contaminated plastics for the production of fresh materials. Odorous contamination of them needs to be minimised so that they are suitable for manufacturing new plastic products. A combination of analytical and sensor technology can help to identify olfactory contaminants and to check the efficiency and effectiveness of cleaning processes.
20/07/2020Art and design often go hand in hand. Both live from the design, and also from materials that are used and used to express art and design. Plastics play a central role in both design areas.
29/06/2020When talking about plastics, it is usually in the sense of technical applications or with environmental aspects. However, plastics are more than polymer materials for technical applications. The term "plastic" alone has a meaning that predestines its use in the fine arts, and which K-online addresses in a series that begins today.
25/05/2020Water pipes are vital for functioning urbanizations. The problem: mending leaks means, first of all, exposing hidden pipes on a large scale, so that the damaged section can be found and repaired. The CIPP (cured-in-place pipe) principle is an attractive alternative. What is involved here is simply the coating of entire sections of pipe with plastic or, more precisely, epoxy resin from the inside.
28/04/2020Many people are convinced that they can protect themselves against SARS-CoV-2 with disposable gloves made from polymer materials and with a face mask that is polymer-coated on the inside. But what happens when the “confrontation” is over? Rubber gloves and face masks are, however, designed to be used just once, so that they land – or should land – in the garbage can.
25/03/2020In times like these, when fear of a viral infection is avoided, effective protection is particularly important where there is a high risk of infection, i.e. in the medical and food sectors. Here and there, a material has become the protector of choice over glass, namely the plastic polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), better known as acrylic.
27/02/2020Dealing with pathogens and toxic substances is part of daily routine in hospitals and laboratories. Protective measures need to be taken in order to avoid contamination of and harm to medical and laboratory personnel. Safety cabinets and personal protective equipment are central components of prevention concepts. Polymer materials play a important role in the production of them.
01/12/2019Hermann Staudinger (23. 3. 1881 – 8. 9. 1965) gave plastics chemisty its theoretical foundations. Although his outstanding career as a scientist – doctorate at 22, professorship at 26 – culminated in the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Staudinger has remained largely unknown – as a public figure too – and only specialists are familiar with his life and work nowadays.
16/11/2019Technological progress would be inconceivable without the help of polymer materials and the stakeholders in the plastics industry. Strategic advances and major innovations in material development & deployment as well as in technological impact do not happen by accident. They are attributable to an extensive and in-depth understanding of material properties and modes of action.