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Rubbers, roughness and reproduction

Researchers from the University of Leicester have discovered that when it comes to rubbers, textured surfaces, and reproduction, more fluid formulations have greater reliability than those that...

UK Elastomers and Rubbers Roadmap published

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has recently published a roadmap spanning 2015-2020 that looks at elastomers and rubber. Elastomers/rubbers are strategic and enabling materials...

What’s so special about Rubber?

You probably take everyday objects made of plastic for granted, and rubber as its pungent cousin; but then you would be missing the point that both these materials (polymers) are pretty...

Towards a squishier robot

For decades, robots have advanced the efficiency of human activity. Typically, however, robots are formed from bulky, stiff materials and require connections to external power sources; these...

Europe 2nd only to China for polymer industry size.

The European plastics and rubber industry is ranked 2nd behind China and ahead of the United States and Canada. European federations such as PlasticsEurope are implementing strategies to remain...

Ultra-thin rubber membrane could reduce air cabin noise 100 times.

Metamaterials (those engineered to give properties not found in nature) often contain polymers and rubbers.  Aircabin noise is characterised by a dull throbbing hum which can make sleep...

Compounding rubber to meet engineering challenges - event report

Manchester Polymer Group - Compounding Rubber to Meet Engineering Challenges Lancashire County Cricket Ground, April 20 th 2015 The Manchester Polymer Group (MPG) is...

Lower oil prices put pressure on recyclers

Plastics recyclers in the UK are facing financial pressures following the drop in oil prices at the end of 2014 and the subsequent fall in virgin polymer prices.   They fear that...

Female entrepreneurs take note - Prize for women innovators in science announced

The EU Prize for Women Innovators has been announced. The European Commission wants to give public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas to the...

Polymers designed for protection

The United States’ Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials has recently made breakthroughs that allow polymers to be more accurately modelled at the...

Injectable polymer could save lives

University of Washington researchers have developed a new injectable polymer that strengthens blood clots, called PolySTAT. Administered in a simple shot, the polymer finds any unseen or...

Future Smart applications for Elastomers - free event in London

The Rubber in Engineering Group of the IOM3 is holding an afternoon technical discussion meeting at IOM3 headquarters in London on March 27th. If you are interested in novel...

Rubber Training Survey - your views required

If you are in the rubber sector, either as an employer, employee, researcher, training provider etc then please spare a little time to complete a  questionnaire that has been generated by...

From weeds to 'wheels' - the dandelion is becoming a viable source of natural rubber

An alternative volume supply of natural rubber is becoming increasingly more viable as researchers across the globe work with the humble dandelion to cultivate sufficient quantities of high...

Hungary produces first plastic electric bus

Hungarian­-owned company Evopro Holding Zrt has produced the world’s first electric plastic bus: the Modulos.    The European Commission says the project, which took three...

Solar cell polymers with multiplied electrical output

One challenge in improving the efficiency of solar cells is that some of the absorbed light energy is lost as heat, so scientists have been looking to design materials that can convert more of...

Provocative Plastics Conference September 2015 - call for papers

Plastics are pervasive. They are now used in manufacturing more than any other material group and have thus shaped the modern world. They are also widely used as a creative medium. Nonetheless,...

Bio-engineered polymers - an open source paper

Scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia have devised a new polymerisation technique using chlorophyll and sunlight to polymerise monomer into polymer.    ...

NIPA – The Northern Ireland Polymer Association

The Northern Ireland Polymers Association (NIPA) is the industry body for the polymer sector in Northern Ireland. The organization is made up of defined technologies and representative...

The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) - a hidden treasure for designers and producers alike

The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) is the only accredited museum in the UK with a focus on plastics. It is the UK's leading resource for the study and interpretation of design in plastics....
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