Materials and Chemicals


  • Framework compares closed-loop plastics recycling routes

    The techno-economic performance of plastic recycling technologies is compared and characterized.

  • Tel Aviv researchers aim to imbue robots with the sense of smell

    The researchers suggest that the technology could lead the way toward robots that can be used to detect drugs, explosives or diseases in the future.

  • Team turns fabric into protective gear using smart coating

    According to its developers, the coating responds to toxic gases in the air, converting them into less toxic substances and trapping them in the fabric.

  • Shape-shifting material could help robots "make a break for it"

    Inspired by the shape-shifting sea cucumber, engineers developed the phase-shifting material called "magnetoactive solid-liquid phase transitional machine.”

  • Henkel launches new adhesive for high performance ADAS sensor assembly

    The dual cure adhesive provides a very high cure depth after only a few seconds of exposure to ultraviolet light.

  • At Photonics West 2023: SABIC to highlight specialized thermoplastics to enable higher-bandwidth, lower-energy data centers

    New thermoplastic materials engineered for advanced optical components that support industry trends, such as the migration to co-packaged optics and single-mode fiber optic systems, will be showcased.

  • Advanced materials for energy storage

    The proliferation of mobile devices and electric vehicles has stimulated the development of energy storage technologies such as batteries and supercapacitors with enhanced power and energy density.

  • Researchers aim to develop non-flammable cotton fabrics

    The researchers discovered 11 strains of cotton that demonstrated flame-retardant characteristics by burning samples in their native form.

  • Strengthening the US phasedown of HFCs

    A new rule restricts use of polluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in certain products and equipment where more climate friendly alternatives are available.

  • A salty, efficient refrigeration cycle

    The ionocaloric refrigeration cycle exploits the large temperature change obtained by melting a “special ice” when put in contact with a specific salt.

  • Video: Automating time-consuming water quality tests

    An autonomous monitoring solution streamlines the measurement of trace metal cations and anion applications for the water quality industry.

  • Available online: CGA Handbook of Compressed Gases

    The electronic format provides information on the properties, uses, emergency response, safety and special handling considerations for 58 of the most common compressed gases.

  • Potential net-zero aviation fuel captures CO2

    The sustainable aviation fuel would significantly reduce long-haul flight emissions.

  • Coffee grounds to be turned into plastic packaging film

    AIMPLAS, in conjunction with the U.K.-based firm Bio-Bean who collected spent coffee grounds from U.K. restaurants, obtained polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from those coffee grounds.

  • ETH Zurich team creates precision arm for tiny robots

    The ETH Zurich team combined conventional robotics and microfluidics, resulting in a device that uses ultrasound and that can be attached to a robotic arm.

  • PFAS risk communication toolkits for water utilities

    The toolkits provide information on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for both public education and sampling guidance.

  • Stuck On Adhesives (Feb. 5-11)

    The realm of adhesives takes advanced chemistry and application study, to determine which solution provides the right bonding properties, in the optimal delivery system, for the right interval.

  • New catalyst discovery could lead to renewable paints, coatings, diapers

    The catalyst enables the conversion of renewable materials like trees and corn to the acrylic acid and acrylates used in the making of paints, coatings and superabsorbent polymers.

  • New technique bonds polymers to galvanized steel

    Because traditional methods for bonding polymers to galvanized steel are typically unsuitable for mass production, oftentimes requiring harsh chemicals or specialized equipment, the team devised a better method.

  • This spray-on smart skin uses AI to understand hand tasks

    The new stretchable biocompatible material can reportedly be sprayed on the skin and features an electrical network that senses when the skin is stretched or bent.

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