Insights from BCC Research

Polymer Additive Could Revolutionize Plastics Recycling

Posted by Clayton Luz on May 11, 2017 12:24:09 PM

Researchers have developed a multiblock polymer that, when added in small amounts to a mix of the two otherwise incompatible polyolefins, creates a mechanically tough blend.

The researchers added a miniscule amount of their tetrablock (four-block) polymer to alternating segments of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP)—two incompatible plastics—creating a blend that reportedly has superior strength to the two-block polymers.

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Topics: Plastics

A Semiconductive Polymer That Decomposes?

Posted by Clayton Luz on May 9, 2017 7:39:04 PM
It sounds like something gadget-inventor “Q” from the James Bond movies might have devised: a prototype material for an ultrathin, skin-like semiconductor that degrades when it comes into contact with a weak acid like vinegar.
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Topics: Plastics

Biodegradable Plastic Makes Planters More Sustainable

Posted by Clayton Luz on May 1, 2017 1:50:15 PM

In America, more than 200 million pounds of non-biodegradable, petroleum-based, plastic flowerpots into the landfill every year, according to Kearney Hub.

Biodegradable resins won't eliminate the problem of plastic waste, but they can play an important tactic in reducing pollution and waste in some instances. Composting disposable items can help reduce the amount of methane gas emitted from landfills while saving land that might otherwise be used for trash disposal. On a global level, between 22 percent and 44 percent of plastic consumed ends up landfills, reports the United Nations Environmental Programme.
 
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A Golden Discovery for Wearable Technology

Posted by Clayton Luz on Apr 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

In the not so-distant-future you could be wearing your smart phone around your wrist. And, if you're into gold jewelry, you'll be able to accessorize it with whatever other gold baubles complement your bling.

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a technique that allows wearable device to be completely bendable using silicon and gold.
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Topics: Plastics