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Polymers can be used to package insulin into a pill for diabetes treatment reports Indian scientists

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AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

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USA researchers report polymeric blood-resistant surgical glue that can repair minimally invasive heart defects

Oil-SAP, a novel development to clean-up oil spill & recovery from Penn State University, USA

Researchers gather to discuss advances in organic photovoltaics (OPV)

Japanese scientists report a unique, smart and self-healing polymer nanocomposite hydrogels

Kyoto researchers are upbeat about cellulose nanofibers based composites for auto parts

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

Work of North Carolina State Univ. researchers shows how to remove radioactive elements from drinking water

Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

Scientists from Sweden and USA showed electronics can truly be organic or say truly be plastics

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Caltech researchers show through telechelic polymers how to produce a safer and a cleaner fuel

Braskem S.A. is leading the way to manufacture biobased polyethylene using catalytic dehydration

Can polymer reinforced aerogel make a space mission? University of Akron researchers think so!

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

Plastics help design non-shatter pint glass to prevent pub attacks

Stanford Univ researchers make Jell-O-like conducting polymer hydrogels

Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

Austrian scientists claim to be the first to have developed an image sensor that is fully transparent

US and South Korean researchers develop a printing technique to make high performance CNT transistors

GM recycles oil soaked booms from the Gulf of Mexico for its Chevrolet Volt under hood parts

World’s first all-plastic LED lamp comes from Japan

German researchers unveiled a green approach to electrospinning technique for making biodegradable nanofibres

Will your windows generate power one day?

Swedish researchers show highest reported charge capacities for all polymer paper-based battery

Can Gas Jet process challenge electrospinning in producing polymeric nanofibers?

Work of North Carolina State Univ. researchers shows how to remove radioactive elements from drinking water

Using biodegradable polymer, University of Basque country researcher report on bone regeneration

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

Advanced nanocomposite membrane technology of NanoH2O turns it to a Global clean technology company

Chinese researchers made a bendy polymer that could separate aromatics hydrocarbons from aliphatic

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

How computer modelling & 3D printing create fracture resistant composites – reports Stratasys and MIT researchers

Arkema unveils a range of "green" polymers for its textile market

Can polymer reinforced aerogel make a space mission? University of Akron researchers think so!

IKV researchers report thermoplastic/metal hybrid materials for Direct manufacturing electronic part

If you follow plastics electronics - follow Unidym’s innovative product lines

Can you 3D print yourself? TwinKinds of Germany shows just that!

Univ of Texas @ Austin scientists reported method to produce a large scale reduced graphene oxide

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

In Milan, art and science get together to showcase Vegetal, weather resistant designer chair

Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

Current trends and future prospects for flame retardants in polymeric materials

Rice Univ (USA) researchers grew high quality graphene from polystyrene, cookies, grass, cockroach leg & dog feces

Something old... Something new.... produces an interesting marriage

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Cima NanoTech flexes mussels with its non-Indium Tin Oxide, high performance transparent conductors

Binder free multilayer graphene based polymer composite for high performance supercapacitor electrodes

MIT team aims to develop application specific surgical adhesives to seal tissues

Rutgers Univ researchers moves plastic electronics with graphene based PS thin films

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Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

UC Berkley researchers have developed paper thin e-skin that responds to touch

Bio-succinic acid is becoming new green platform chemical for plastics

Scientists from IBM and Stanford University are developing new plastics recycling process

Harvard Univ researchers show how soft robotics could navigate a difficult obstacle

UCLA scientists showed how simple it could be to make conducting polymer thin films

Umass, Amherst researchers find ways to hold 300 kilograms of weight using sticky tape

Prof. Alan Heegers group demonstrated the potential of plastics solar cells

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

Alberta scientists help to make Canada’s first bio-composite based electric vehicle body design

Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

Canadian researchers claim world’s most efficient “inverted” OPV solar cells

Non-toxic, liquid bandage from Chesson Labs of Durham, NC is ready for the healthcare market

French scientists tout first use of nano-structured assemblies that could revolutionize dentistry

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

Block copolymers could create hard disks with 10 tera-bit-per-Square-inch:Researchers predict

Are you interested in self-healing polymers – must read reviews

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

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MIT researchers show how to draw Polyethylene as nanofibers and get a very high thermal conductivity

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Korean scientists provide a different twist to the “Smart Window” technology

Singapore researchers touts corn starch can help solve body armour and protective sports padding

Japanese researchers are developing stereo-block type PLAs for high performance materials

New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

MIT researchers develop first Solar Thermal Fuel storage platform in solid-state

Nanoparticle coating prevents ice build up

University of Texas at Austin researchers show use of polymer membranes for fracking in shale gas

A novel technique to manufacture continuous twisted yarn from aligned PAN nanofibers

Innovations in design come from plastics to win several 2009 International Design Excellence Awards

MIT researchers develop first Solar Thermal Fuel storage platform in solid-state

Can you “Cool Your Roof” - reports researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

Polymers help Addidas to launch lightest soccer boots and 2010 FIFA World cup match ball never seen before in the field

Stanford university researchers detect mercury ions in sea water using organic polymer transistor sensor

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USA researchers develop all-polymer multilayer coating to retard fire and to suppress smoke

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

ZogglesTM earns Invention of the year 2010 award and keeps the fog away

Carbon3D, a Canadian company unveils a breakthrough technology for layerless 3D printing

US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

Stratasys touts World’s first color multi-material 3D printer for rubber & plastics products

It is time to make “Perfect Plastic” reports UK researchers

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

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Teijin Techno Products claims to be world’s first mass producer of aramid nanofibers

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

A team of researchers demonstrate plastics and graphene can work together to make touch screen device a reality

Are you interested in self-healing polymers – must read reviews

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Polymers have been termed as “smart”, “active”, and so on.  Self-healing or self-repairing polymers have numerous applications in modern day society.  Material design (chemistry) is the key to success of this class of polymers.  Two very distinct state of the art reviews describe how to design self-healing polymers.

In one review, authors distinguish between extrinsic materials and intrinsic materials while discussing their advantages and disadvantages.  Not only the review covers current research trends in self-healing polymers but also provides promising self-healing chemistries for the up and coming researchers.

[Reference: F.E. Du Prezl et al. Macromolecular Rapid Communications; DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200689]

The other type of self-healing materials is based on the concept of supramolecular chemistry where non-covalent transient bonds generate networks to heal the damaged site.  This recent review describes the concept of supramolecular polymers based on hydrogen bonding, ionomers, and coordinative bonds and discusses versatility of these supramolecular forces for the design of self-healing polymers.

[Reference: W.H. Binder et al. Macromolecular Rapid Communications; DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200675]