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Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that an elastic polymer possesses broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties, allowing it to kill a range of viruses and drug-resistant bacteria in just minutes – including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory, in partnership with several universities, has investigated the effects of space weather damage to polyimides, materials used extensively in spacecraft construction due to their high heat resistance.

We seem to be getting better at making things that aren’t real appear real. From Beyond Meat to porcelain tiles that effectively mimic marble, these reproductions sometimes offer benefits that improve on the real deal. Producing meatless meat is better for the environment, while porcelain tile is more durable than marble.

Until systems and people are in sync, a great deal of compostable packaging will end up in landfills, where it can generate greenhouse gases. If compostables mistakenly land in recycling plants—many plant-based plastics resemble their oil-based cousins—they’re considered a contaminant.

The Youngstown Business Incubator has a new tenant. It’s Fitz Frames, a California-based startup that found Youngstown, Ohio had the additive manufacturing expertise it needed to get its business up and running.

A protective layer of epoxy resin helps prevent the leakage of pollutants from perovskite solar cells (PSCs), report scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST).

Ross McSkimming, Swagelining, and Dr Chris O’Connor, DNV GL, share their insights into working together to create the next generation of pipeline material and encourage confidence in its uptake.

Highly specialized polymers with specific functionality has attracted strong research interest worldwide. Generally, functionality is defined as the “quality of being suited to serve a purpose well” (according to the Oxford English Dictionary).

Polymers are usually the go-to material for thermal insulation. Think of a silicone oven mitt, or a Styrofoam coffee cup, both manufactured from polymer materials that are excellent at trapping heat.

Research that has been taking place at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. was recently presented at their annual Customer Care Conference. The company has been looking into alternative methods of tire manufacturing and, among them, the most promising was soybean oil.

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