Keyword: Plastics

Briefs: Energy
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The chemical process turns plastic into biodegradable chemicals for surfactants and detergents.
Briefs: Materials
By reclaiming polymers in plastics, the process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste.
Briefs: Materials
The high-quality bioplastics can be molded into a film that can be used in plastic bags and packaging.
5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
A new enzyme-activated compostable material could diminish microplastics pollution.
Briefs: Automotive
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing

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...

Briefs: Materials
A potential boon to green manufacturing, the new glue saves on energy, time, and space.
Briefs: Materials
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technology welds adjacent 3D-printed layers more effectively, thereby increasing the reliability of the final part.
Briefs: Materials
Ultra-thin and flexible metalenses could replace traditional camera lenses.
Briefs: Materials
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
Articles: Materials
Robotic exoskeletons, a breath-test for cancer, and plastic-eating enzymes are Products of Tomorrow.
Briefs: Materials
This material could reduce persistent plastic accumulation in the environment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
People could monitor their own health conditions by picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Inspired by a coral polyp, this plastic mini robot moves by magnetism and light.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
Briefs: Materials
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This green process produces pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic, and other materials.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A ceramic sensor could be embedded into structures such as bridges and aircraft to monitor their health.
Briefs: Materials
The coating can prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These materials may replace metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, computers, cellphones, and refrigerators.
Briefs: Materials
The films could be used in impact-resistant glazing, windscreens, and displays.
Briefs: Materials
This electronic skin can track heart rate, respiration, muscle movement, and other health data.
Briefs: Energy
The nanogenerator also acts as a weather station.
Briefs: Materials

By mimicking the outer coating of pearls (nacre or mother of pearl), researchers created a lightweight plastic that is 14 times stronger and eight times lighter (less dense) than steel. It could...