Keyword: Plastics

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Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
To overcome the limitations of using cleaning agents, sprays, or bulky high-cost sterilizing systems, NASA developed the Ultraviolet Germicidal Door Handle.
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Articles: Materials
With its instant repellency and its ability to repel rather than kill or deactivate pathogens, RepelWrap presents an effective alternative to current technologies.
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Briefs: Materials

Engineers have invented a way to spray extremely thin wires made of a plant-based material that could be used in N95 mask filters, devices that harvest energy for electricity, and potentially...

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Briefs: Medical

Substances such as plastics, metals, and wax are used in 3D printers to make products and parts for larger items. Products created through the 3D printing of plastics include every-thing from...

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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This method prints 3D structures made of metal and plastic, paving the way for 3D electronics.
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Briefs: Energy
This process could improve large touchscreens, LED light panels, and window-mounted infrared solar cells.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
SensiCut, a smart material-sensing platform for laser cutters, can differentiate among 30 materials commonly found in makerspaces.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Directly visualizing external stresses of plastics is useful in development of materials with improved mechanical properties.
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Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing
Once triggered, the enzyme-embedded plastics self-destruct, completely degrading and eliminating microplastics in days.
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Q&A: Green Design & Manufacturing
A chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-voltage direct current cables can more efficiently transport electricity over long distances.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The method could be applied to carbon waste streams.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
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Briefs: Materials
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The chemical process turns plastic into biodegradable chemicals for surfactants and detergents.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
By reclaiming polymers in plastics, the process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The high-quality bioplastics can be molded into a film that can be used in plastic bags and packaging.
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5 Ws: Materials
A new enzyme-activated compostable material could diminish microplastics pollution.
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Briefs: Transportation
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
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Briefs: Materials

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

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Briefs: Materials
A potential boon to green manufacturing, the new glue saves on energy, time, and space.
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Briefs: Materials
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Ultra-thin and flexible metalenses could replace traditional camera lenses.
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Briefs: Materials
The technology welds adjacent 3D-printed layers more effectively, thereby increasing the reliability of the final part.
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Briefs: Materials
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
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Articles: Test & Measurement
Robotic exoskeletons, a breath-test for cancer, and plastic-eating enzymes are Products of Tomorrow.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This material could reduce persistent plastic accumulation in the environment.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
People could monitor their own health conditions by picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
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