The Universal Selection Source: Plastics & Elastomers

Oct 30, 2015 | Article

Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Driving the Future of Automotive

By Alan Dubin

The major energy sources used for internal combustion engines, since their inception in the late 19th century, have been gasoline and diesel fuel, with occasional use of electricity depending on the type of vehicle. The gasoline engine is...

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Aug 28, 2015 | Article

Photovoltaic Plastics Innovations and Opportunities Thriving

Exploring the new and emerging plastics materials, processing and applications in this major renewable energy segment is the focus of the SpecialChem, 7th edition, online course Polymers in Photovoltaics (PV): Innovations & Opportunities.

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Jan 30, 2015 | Article

Biopolymers' Overview - Types, Synthesis, Properties, Innovations and Key Players

By Don Rosato

There are two main types of biopolymers: those that come from living organisms; and, those which need to be polymerized but come from renewable resources. Both types are used in the production of bioplastics. Biopolymers that are present in, or created by, living organisms include carbohydrates and proteins.These can be used in the production of pl...

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Sep 17, 2014 | Article

Electronic applications requiring more than Heat Dissipation: How can you fulfill their need?

By Mark DeMeuse

Thermal management has always been a major concern in the design of high frequency, high power electronic devices. For example, historically, in many power amplifier designs, the vast majority of the power that needs to be dissipated is from the high power field effect transistors, or FET's, themselves. In these cases, the high power dissipation ...

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Jul 8, 2014 | Article

Why are TPUs getting back into the 'rat-race' of the Sports & Leisure industry?

By Thibaud Deleger

From the elastomeric materials, side significant changes occurred in these past years, with many more options offered to product designers and engineers. Vulcanized rubbers were the first to be developed, and therefore have a long history in multiple uses. Flexible PVC entered the game, and thanks to their cost competitive pricing and almost infini...

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Sep 16, 2015 | Article

Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) - Global Overview, Production and Applications

Wood Plastic Composites or WPCs - the combination of wood and plastic - are gaining popularity as a safe, environmentally sustainable and long-lasting material for use in outdoor decks, fences, railing and window frames. Today, WPCs can be found everywhere from National Parks to your neighbor's backyard. WPCs offer a wide range of advantages over a...

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May 5, 2015 | Article

Innovative Electrical and Electronic Breakthrough Technologies

By Don Rosato

The E&E market ranks as the 3rd largest plastics end use market, only exceeded in volume size by packaging and building and construction, yet the E&E sector uniquely crosses over all of the twenty major plastics markets, namely packaging, building and construction, automotive, electrical and electronics, appliance, medical, consumer products, toy, ...

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Jan 16, 2015 | Article

Automotive Light-weighting Technologies at the Forefront

By Don Rosato

Exploring the weight advantages of new engineered thermoplastic and thermoset materials and composites against a backdrop of advanced metal technology is the focus of this article. There is a huge interest in auto market in exploring new materials. There is a huge interest in the auto market in exploring new materials and processes to deliver light...

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Jul 18, 2014 | Article

Energy Generation Devices for Consumer Electronic Appliances

World events, Kyoto Protocol goals and soaring energy costs have ignited renewed interest in solar cell energy, and have unleashed dramatic new technology thrusts. Advances in nanotechnology and inherently conductive polymers (ICPs) are making possible the development by Konarka Technologies Inc. of new photovoltaic (PV) cells that promise to make ...

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May 5, 2014 | Article

High Flow Polycarbonate Copolymers for Medical Applications

High-flow polycarbonate (PC) copolymer derived from bisphenol-A (BPA) and a specific bio-sourced monomer derived from castor bean oil for medical applications available in two melt flow ranges is reported. This copolymer belongs to the class of LexanTM HFD resins known for their improved melt flow and ductility balance compared to standard polycarb...

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