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2010-11-02 09:12:33

Conductive plastic coatings could lead to new solar cells, windows, sensors By Mike Rodewald, UCLA Oil and water don't mix, but add in some nanofibers and all bets are off. A team of UCLA chemists and engineers has developed a new method for coating large surfaces with nanofiber thin films that are both transparent and electrically conductive. Their method involves the vigorous agitation of water, dense oil and polymer nanofibers. After this solution is sufficiently agitated it spreads...

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2010-10-22 07:55:51

The Terminator. The Borg. The Six Million Dollar Man. Science fiction is ripe with biological beings armed with artificial capabilities. In reality, however, the clunky connections between living and non-living worlds often lack a clear channel for communication. Now, scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have designed an electrical link to living cells engineered to shuttle electrons across a cell's membrane to an external acceptor along a well-defined...

2010-10-19 12:30:04

When the storm winds blow, wind turbines have to show what they can stand up to. The wind blows hard against mills with the force of tons as the tips of the blades plow through the air at more than 200 kilometers per hour. But natural forces not only tear at wind turbines; machine components made of plastic or airplane wings must with stand substantial loads as well. These days, we normally use sensors to measure whether these components are strained beyond capacity, and it requires a lot of...

2010-10-18 19:00:00

HOUSTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs," announces plans to exhibit at The 18th International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber Worldwide (K 2010), from October 27-November 3, 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The company plans to showcase six of its latest innovations including alternatives for PVC, TPU, and natural rubber in automotive slush molded interior soft skins, medical and...

2010-10-13 11:19:51

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Just when we think we have administering medications down to a science, researchers have discovered a new method that could one day be more effective than methods used today. Researchers at Queen's University have discovered how molecules in glass or plastic are able to move when exposed to light from a laser. This method could one day be used to facilitate medicinal drug distribution by allowing doctors to control the rate and amount at which the drugs are given. ...

2010-10-12 08:30:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Although the market for synthetic latex polymers in Europe is expected to grow at a modest CAGR of 0.9% through 2014, it continued to demonstrate a declining trend in 2009 due to significant contraction in major end-use markets. The total market was estimated at 2.5 million dry tonnes in 2009, according to latest report Synthetic Latex Polymers 2009-2010 Global Series: Business Analysis and Opportunities from worldwide consulting and research firm...

2010-10-08 02:05:17

Researchers at Queen's University have discovered how molecules in glass or plastic are able to move when exposed to light from a laser. The findings could one day be used to facilitate medicinal drug distribution by allowing doctors to control the time and rate at which drugs are delivered into the body. The drugs, in a solid plastic carrier, could be released through the body when exposed to light. Lead researcher Jean-Michel Nunzi, a professor in the departments of Chemistry and Physics,...

2010-09-28 17:49:17

Ultra-thin solar cells can absorb sunlight more efficiently than the thicker, more expensive-to-make silicon cells used today, because light behaves differently at scales around a nanometer (a billionth of a meter), say Stanford engineers. They calculate that by properly configuring the thicknesses of several thin layers of films, an organic polymer thin film could absorb as much as 10 times more energy from sunlight than was thought possible. In the smooth, white, bunny-suited clean-room...

2010-09-25 01:51:23

A team led by a North Carolina State University researcher has shown that water-gel-based solar devices "artificial leaves" can act like solar cells to produce electricity. The findings prove the concept for making solar cells that more closely mimic nature. They also have the potential to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than the current standard-bearer: silicon-based solar cells. The bendable devices are composed of water-based gel infused with light-sensitive...

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2010-09-18 07:40:42

The ability of phase-change materials to readily and swiftly transition between different phases has made them valuable as a low-power source of non-volatile or "flash" memory and data storage. Now an entire new class of phase-change materials has been discovered by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley that could be applied to phase change random access memory (PCM) technologies and possibly optical data...