Keyword: Recycling Technologies

Green Design & Manufacturing

Question of the Week: Materials
Will Coatings Reduce Food Waste?

Today’s lead story highlighted an egg-based coating that extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

Blog: Materials
A micron-thick coating, made largely from leftover eggs, can extend the shelf life of the fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator.
Question of the Week: Materials
Will Technology Help to Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Our October Q&A in Tech Briefs highlighted an achievement from Professor Aaron Sadow of Ames Laboratory in Iowa. Sadow’s chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics, which are then used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications.

Blog: Materials
The 2021 Create the Future Design Contest winner wants to build a truly recyclable bioplastic.
Q&A: Materials
A chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics.
UpFront: Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA reveals winners of a CO2 conversion challenge.
Briefs: Energy
The method could be applied to carbon waste streams.
Briefs: Aerospace
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
Researchers at North Carolina State University demonstrated a low-cost technique for retrieving — and then reusing — nanowires from electronic devices.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The chemical process turns plastic into biodegradable chemicals for surfactants and detergents.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Battery Identity Global Passport could be accessible as a scannable QR code or a computer chip.
Briefs: Materials
By reclaiming polymers in plastics, the process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The technology recovers pure and precious metals from alloys in cellphones and other electrical waste.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The solution increases water recovery, prevents mineral scaling, and cuts the volume of brines in half.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The high-quality bioplastics can be molded into a film that can be used in plastic bags and packaging.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This portable method could enable hospitals to make their own supply of the disinfectant on demand and at lower cost.
5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
A new enzyme-activated compostable material could diminish microplastics pollution.
Articles: Software
Learn how to reuse more material without recycling.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Potential applications include lightweight building materials and growing cells for biomedical purposes.
Articles: Wearables
Battery recycling, NASA's water treatment, and a wireless wearable transmitter.
Blog: Materials
Could a tool from the dentist's office lead to better recycling of lithium-ion batteries?
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will Recyclable Electronics Catch On?

Our June issue of Tech Briefs features a completely recyclable transistor from Duke University. The fully functional semiconductor is made out of three carbon-based inks that can be easily printed onto paper or other flexible, environmentally friendly surfaces.

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...

Articles: Wearables
Head-up displays, health-monitoring sensors from NASA, and a pollen sponge.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This invention achieves sustainable freshwater production in a variety of climates at minimal energy cost.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
By converting CO2 into complex hydrocarbon products, a new catalyst could aid in large-scale efforts to recycle excess carbon dioxide.
Briefs: Materials
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.

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