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Dynamic DNA polymers can be reversed using biocompatible techniques

DNA-based straight and branched polymers or nanomaterials that can be created and dissolved using biocompatible methods are now possible thanks to the work of US  biomedical engineers...

Super stretchy, self-healing material that could lead to artificial muscle

Scientists from a US university have a created a new super stretchy, self-healing polymer that could lead to the creation of artificial muscle.   Researchers at Stanford...

Researchers Develop Completely New Kind of Polymer

Imagine a polymer with removable parts that can deliver something to the environment and then be chemically regenerated to function again. Or a polymer that can lift weights, contracting and...

Storing electricity in paper

Researchers at Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics have developed ‘power paper’. The material consists of nanocellulose and a conductive polymer and has the ability to...

New plastic solar cell minimizes loss of photon energy

As the world increasingly looks to alternative sources of energy, inexpensive and environmentally friendly polymer-based solar cells have attracted significant attention, but they still do not...

Europe could see 300 more recycling plants by 2025

German-based consultancy ecoprog has claimed that the demand for plastic recycling plants in Europe will increase significantly by 2025, with capacity set to rise by a quarter.   ...

Water heals a bioplastic

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A drop of water self-heals a multiphase polymer derived from the genetic code of squid ring teeth, which may someday extend the life of medical implants, fiber-optic...

Elastic gel to heal wounds

A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), led by Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, and Nasim Annabi, PhD, of the Biomedical Engineering Division, has developed a new protein-based...

Worlds first plastics rear axle using BASF polymer is produced.

World's first rear axle transmission crossbeam made of plastic in the S-Class from Mercedes-Benz The world's first plastic transmission crossbeam in the rear axle subframe has been...

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...
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