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  • ACS researchers find modified PLA suitable for use in electronics

    24.04.2017

    Researchers have modified a degradable bioplastic derived from corn starch for use in more eco-friendly electronic components. Researchers found that nanoparticles with PLA resulted in a transparent film that makes the material suitable for use in electronics.

    As consumers upgrade their gadgets at an increasing pace, the amount of electronic waste we generate continues to mount. To help combat this environmental problem, researchers have developed bioplastic derived from corn starch or other natural sources. They report their development in ACS’ journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.

    In 2014, consumers around the world discarded about 42 million metric tons of e-waste, according to a report by the United Nations University. This poses an environmental and human threat because electronic products are made up of many components, some of which are toxic or non-degradable. To help address the issue, Xinlong Wang and colleagues sought to develop a degradable material that could be used for electronic substrates or insulators.

    The researchers started with polylactic acid, or PLA, which is a bioplastic that can be derived from corn starch or other natural sources and is already used in the packaging, electronics and automotive industries. PLA by itself, however, is brittle and flammable, and doesn’t have the right electrical properties to be a good electronic substrate or insulator. But the researchers found that blending metal-organic framework nanoparticles with PLA resulted in a transparent film with the mechanical, electrical and flame retardant properties that make the material a promising candidate for use in electronics.

    https://www.acs.org/content/acs

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  • An edible water bottle makes a splash

    An edible water bottle makes a splash [19-04-17]

    Need hydration on the go? Ooho! is a single-serve seaweed-based squishy spherical packaging for beverages of every kind. Touted as being biodegradable and 100% natural, the product has created a sensation - securing its initial £400,000 funding target through Crowdcube within days and more than doubling that to date.  [more]

  • Two new injection molding grades expand FKuR’s Biograde portfolio of bioplastics

    Two new injection molding grades expand FKuR’s Biograde portfolio of bioplastics [18-04-17]

    Bioplastics pioneer FKuR Kunststoff GmbH has extended its product range of cellulose acetate based injection molding grades. The Willich, Germany–based company has added two new Biograde products, both of which are based on a newly developed combination of raw materials and additives. The two new grades join the current C9550 standard grade.  [more]

  • Metgen invents novel chemo-enzymatic route to FDCA

    Metgen invents novel chemo-enzymatic route to FDCA [14-04-17]

    MetGen, a Finnish company specialized in designing and marketing novel enzymatic solutions, has invented a revolutionary chemo-enzymatic pathway that, says the company enables streamlined processes towards platform chemicals. One of these is FDCA.  [more]

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