Contributing to Keeping Plastic Garbage out of Our Seas
Researchers develop bio-based plastics that directly biodegrade in the sea. These materials would be utilized as an alternative to products whose entry into the sea cannot always be avoided, e.g. products utilized by fisheries in their everyday activities.
Scientists are intensively researching the usability of the Strain Hardening Test as a method for a fast and cost-effective characterization of the stress crack resistance of thermoplastic plastic components.
System Produces 3-D Structures One Thousandth the Size of the Originals
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have shrunk 3D objects to nanoscale. The scientists' approach is based on a framework made of polyacrylate. It is a very absorbent material commonly found in diapers.
Methodologies for the Washing Process of Recycled Materials
Enzymes in the plastics sector can support sustainable processes. For example, in the synthesis of polymers, they help to avoid the use of metal catalysts. The research network Aimplas is conducting research on this and other projects.