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2012-04-17 02:22:38

PASADENA, Calif., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) announced today that it was awarded a contract from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) services to support the upgrade of an Olefins 4 plant at SABIC's petrochemical production complex in Geleen, The Netherlands. Officials did not disclose the contract value; however, they noted that the project is scheduled to be completed...

2012-03-26 06:23:01

CHANNAHON, Ill., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The industry's first line of polystyrene products containing post-consumer recycled (PCR) polystyrene will highlight Styrolution America LLC's presence at the upcoming NPE 2012 International Plastics Showcase in Orlando, which runs from April 2-5. The product line from Styrolution, the leading global styrenics supplier, includes three product grades, each with 25 percent PCR content, which is supplied by NextLife(TM) - a collaborative...

Process Makes Polymers Truly Plastic
2012-03-16 03:21:58

Just as a chameleon changes its color to blend in with its environment, Duke University engineers have demonstrated for the first time that they can alter the texture of plastics on demand, for example, switching back and forth between a rough surface and a smooth one. By applying specific voltages, the team has also shown that it can achieve this control over large and curved surface areas. "By changing the voltage applied to the polymer, we can alter the surface from bumpy to smooth...

2012-03-10 09:00:00

Manufacturers of synthetic fiber have struggled for about a decade, and the next five years will be no better. As more textile mills move overseas to take advantage of lower operating costs, they will purchase less fiber from US fiber producers. Inexpensive imports from countries like China will also pose a significant threat to domestic manufacturers' market shares, while constantly rising raw material prices will eat away at operators' profit margins. For these reasons, industry research...

Smart, Self-healing Hydrogels Have Possibilities In Medicine, Engineering
2012-03-06 04:22:48

[ Watch the Video ] University of California, San Diego bioengineers have developed a self-healing hydrogel that binds in seconds, as easily as Velcro, and forms a bond strong enough to withstand repeated stretching. The material has numerous potential applications, including medical sutures, targeted drug delivery, industrial sealants and self-healing plastics, a team of UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering researchers reported March 5 in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings...

2012-03-05 10:55:30

Squeezing polymers produces chemical energy but raises doubts about implant safety A polymer is a mesh of chains, which slowly break over time due to the pressure from ordinary wear and tear. When a polymer is squeezed, the pressure breaks chemical bonds and produces free radicals: ions with unpaired electrons, full of untapped energy. These molecules are responsible for aging, DNA damage and cancer in the human body. In a new study, Northwestern University scientists turned to squeezed...

A Rainbow In Your Hand
2012-02-25 05:53:24

In a single step, engineers create a rainbow-colored polymer that could open the door to portable, handheld multispectral imaging devices University at Buffalo engineers have developed a one-step, low-cost method to fabricate a polymer with extraordinary properties: When viewed from a single perspective, the polymer is rainbow-colored, reflecting many different wavelengths of light. Used as a filter for light, this material could form the basis of handheld multispectral imaging devices...

2011-12-30 21:00:00

SelectConnect Technologies and Val Tech Group partner to provide three-dimensional molded interconnect device solutions for conductive applications to multiple market segments. Palatine, IL (PRWEB) December 30, 2011 SelectConnect Technologies, Palatine, Illinois and The Val Tech Group, Rochester, New York have partnered together to provide three-dimensional molded interconnect device (3D-MID) solutions. 3D-MID are alternatives for flex circuits, circuit boards, wiring and connectors that...

2011-12-13 18:00:00

Polycarbonate industry is highly promising and prospective in the emerging markets â“ the material here is continuously in demand. The economic advanced in the developing regions impact the polycarbonate market immensely along with the fast growing end-use markets. In-depth analysis of the polycarbonate market and its future can be found in the new market research study âœPolycarbonate (PC) 2011 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to...

2011-12-05 10:15:00

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Heraeus Kulzer, LLC, the worldwide leader in dental esthetics, announced today that it has added the high-impact heat-curing Paladon ultra and cold-curing PalaXpress ultra fracture-resistant acrylics to its Pala line of denture-related products. The Pala division of Heraeus, which is the inventor of dental acrylics, is continuing to push the boundaries of prosthetic innovation with these two new products delivering superior...