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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.

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).

The Global Plastic Polymer Market Research Report 2019 delivers a thorough evaluation of the market based on major events occurred in the historical and present phase of the market. The report is intended to determine forthcoming opportunities, challenges, threats, and risks in the market, which could potentially impact the market both positively and negatively.

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.

Kathleen Sawyer, Executive Vice President of Esterle Mold & Machine Co., has announced a major expansion to the company’s Stow, Ohio plastics facility. The additonal 30,00-square-foot facility will house a 2,600-ton injection molding machine as well as a 40-ton overhead crane.

The opiod crisis in the United States has been nothing short of an epidemic, causing many researchers to turn their attention to solutions to help ease its impact. A Department of Polymer Science associate professor at the University of Akron, along with his colleagues, is developing a polymer “wet wipe” that will assist first responders in the detection of opiods in the system of a user.

Fun fact: Ohio doesn’t have an official state microbe, but local students are determined to put an end to that atroscity. Otterbein University’s American Society for Microbiology is currently working on a project called MicrOhio. Its aim is to establish an official state microbe for Ohio in the same way that we have a state flower or bird.

The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) is the recipient of approximately $4 million in federal grants, coming at a time when university trustees have approved investments in “key areas of strength and opportunity.”

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