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Bio-Based Polymers Have Potential in Biomedicine, Agricultural Markets

Bio-Based Polymers Have Potential in Biomedicine, Agricultural Markets

Bio-based polymers can displace incumbent petroleum-based polymers in a market exceeding $100 billion, says Lux Research. They face challenges, like inferior mechanical properties and processability, that limit their potential in some high-volume markets like automotive, but their biodegradability can make them a valuable choice in markets such as biomedical and … Read more »

DuPont Improves Vehicle Fuel Efficiency by Lightweighting

DuPont, together with Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, is working to create lighter parts for vehicles, beginning with the oil pan, according to The News Journal. With federal auto emissions regulations expected to become more restrictive in the US and Europe, auto manufacturers are working to find ways to limit automobile … Read more »

Bayer Insqin

Bayer Launches Water-Saving Polyurethane Technology

Polymer producer Bayer MaterialScience has launched Insqin for polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics. The waterborne PU technology not only enables PU leather to be manufactured without solvent, it also reduces water consumption by up to 95 percent and energy consumption by up to 50 percent in the coating process, according to … Read more »

IBM Discovers New Materials to ‘Transform Manufacturing’

IBM Discovers New Materials to ‘Transform Manufacturing’

IBM scientists have discovered a class of polymer materials that can potentially transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace and microelectronics. The researchers say the new materials are the first to demonstrate resistance to cracking, strength higher than bone, the ability to reform to their original shape … Read more »

Switchgrass

Can Plants Produce Polymers for Plastic Cheaply?

Metabolix and other companies are exploring whether plants can be genetically engineered to make polymers for producing bioplastics in a way that’s cheaper than oil-based plastics, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Scientists believe the answer to cheaper bioplastics lies in plants, which can theoretically be engineered to function like mini-factories … Read more »

Fluorocarbon On Track to Reduce Cooling Costs 67% with IsoCool System

After installing energy-efficient inverters and a free cooling system from IsoCool, UK fluoropolymer processor Fluorocarbon expects to reduce its cooling costs by 67 percent, Plant Engineer reports. If its cost-cutting continues, the payback schedule for the project, funded with a loan from the Carbon Trust and Siemens Financial Services under … Read more »