Tag Archives: polymers

Chemical spider

A chemical spider that spins a polymer thread using a simple catalyst could drive a nanomotor, according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University, US. Ayusman Sen and colleagues say that these nanomotors have potential applications in the deposition of polymers …

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Slinn Pickings: alt agriculture

Alternative Agriculture – The debate over genetically engineered crops rages on, but other technologies offer new hope for sustainable farming. The Genes of Parkinsons Disease – Parkinson’s cases with genetic origins are shedding light on the cellular mechanisms of the …

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Slinn Pickings – chemical happenings

What’s happening in the world of chemistry, Robert Slinn filters the latest news for Reactive Reports. Voiding defects: New technique makes LED lighting more efficient – Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are an increasingly popular technology for use in energy-efficient lighting. Researchers …

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Naturally Fibrous Mimic

One of the important components of the extracellular matrix is collagen, which comprises the major structural protein component of higher organisms. However, it remains a major challenge to emulate the unique structural and biological properties of native collagenous biomaterials in …

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Heat Resistant Paint

A way to toughen up the latex particles used to make emulsion paints has been developed by UK chemists. The approach involves adding tiny slivers of clay armor to make the particles more hard wearing and fire resistant. Until now, …

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Plastic shape shifter

Temperature-controlled “triple-shaped plastics” that can change shape from one form to another, then another, have been developed by researchers in Germany and the US. Such materials might find use as switches and actuators in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and in medicine …

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