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  • Total Petrochemicals to Build Cracker in Texas

    Ethane cracker could enter service in 2019.

  • Composites Made from Scrapped Wind Turbine Blades

    Damaged blades, 173 feet in length, were recycled for manufacturing applications.

  • Floatable Metal Matrix Demonstrated by Research Teams

    Composite has potential applications in boat flooring, automobile parts and buoyancy modules as well as in vehicle armor.

  • Researchers Probe How "Perfect" Materials Can Fail

    Ambient temperature may be more of a factor than previously thought, turning atoms to a liquid-like state.

  • DARPA to Develop Qualification Technologies for 3D Printing

    The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is building and demonstrating rapid qualification technologies that can capture, analyze and control variability in the additive manufacturing (3D printing) process to predict properties of the finished products.

  • NASA, Boeing Test Aircraft Wing Coatings to Improve Fuel Efficiency

    The U.S. space agency NASA has tested non-stick coatings on aircraft wings to reduce insect residue, which creates additional drag and reduces aircraft fuel efficiency.

  • Researchers Develop Tough Hydrogel Structures with 3D Printing

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Duke University and Columbia University have created a way to make tough, but soft and wet, biocompatible materials, called “hydrogels” into complex and intricately patterned shapes.

  • Tree Fibers Are Source for High-Capacity, Soft and Elastic Batteries

    Using nanocellulose broken down from tree fibers, researchers in Sweden and the U.S. have produced a foam-like battery material that can withstand shock and stress.

  • Cool Roof Technology Could Help Cut Urban Heat Loads

    Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have developed a surface made of a combination of polyesters on a silver layer called a “coated polymer stack” that they say can remain cooler than ambient air.

  • Researchers Develop Lower-Cost Chemical Catalysts

    Yale University researchers have developed palladium-based catalysts, which may provide a less expensive and more sustainable alternative for producing industrial chemicals.

  • Semiconductor Chip Made from Wood-Derived Material

    Chinese and U.S. researchers from the Department of Agriculture and University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison has developed a semiconductor chip that is made almost entirely out of wood-derived material.

  • Researchers Develop Heat-Triggered Self-Destructing Electronic Devices

    University of Illinois researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, which they say is a step toward reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing.

  • Separating Rare Earth Elements with UV Light

    Researchers at the KU Leuven Department of Chemical Engineering have designed a process to separate two rare earth elements—europium and yttrium—with UV light instead of with traditional solvents.

  • IHS Expands Technical Knowledge Solution for Chemists and Chemical Engineers

    IHS is making available an expanded collection of technical reference content to help chemists and chemical engineers fast-track research and development and improve project outcomes through access to vetted, researched data on chemical interactions.

  • Smart Cement for Use in Oil Well Casings

    A cement system that can sense changes in curing environment, contamination, temperature and pressure in real time and forward this information for analysis may one day replace the cement now used to hold an oil well’s metal casing in place after a borehole is drilled.

  • Membrane Could Help Reduce Aircraft Cabin Noise

    Researchers from North Carolina (NC) State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a membrane that can be built into aircraft to reduce low-frequency noise in the cabin.

  • Volatile but Profitable Market Exists for European Chemical Producers, IHS Says

    Crude oil price swings in recent months, combined with a devalued euro, have created a volatile but profitable marketplace for European petrochemical producers, according to analysis from IHS.

  • External Stimulus Leads 3D-printed Objects to Morph into a New Dimension

    The fourth dimension is time, shape shifting in fact, and the ARC Centre for Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong (UOW) is helping to set the pace in the next revolution in additive manufacturing.

  • Novel Magnetic Material Could Lower Cost for Cars, Wind Turbines

    Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have created a magnetic alloy that they say is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets.

  • Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Gears Could Replace Metal in Autos

    Researchers from Japan's Gifu University and Central Fine Tool have developed a plastic gear reinforced with carbon fiber that they say is strong enough to be used as a replacement for metal parts in a vehicle.

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