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.
31/10/2019With a new section we start the topic of the month in October 2019: K-online sets out to take a look behind the scenes of companies and scientific institutions. Our first visit took us to Dow's Ecology Laboratory in Stade, North Germany.
17/09/2019Is this the future? We produce Plastics from carbon dioxide (CO2)? Scientists all over the world are working on it. Four of them Four describe recent research results related to the quest to capture CO2 from the smokestacks of factories and power plants and use renewable energy to turn it into industrial feedstocks and fuels.
29/08/2019Who hasn’t ever dreamed of standing on the wooden boards of a boat at the coast with his eyes closed and a sea breeze blowing and of having all the time in the world to go on an expedition across the vast expanses of the ocean – without knowing where he would end up and when he would return? No problem: Grab the rubber boat and get out on the water.
30/06/2019Scientists have developed an ingenious idea that promises to be a solution to the Dilemma of downcycling. They are working on a plastic that acts like a set of Lego, in that its components can be taken apart at the molecular level and can then put back together again in new forms, textures and colours without any loss of performance and quality.