New solid polymer electrolyte outperforms Nafion; novel polymer folding

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Researchers, led by a team from the University of Pennsylvania, have used a polymer-folding mechanism to develop a new and versatile kind of solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) that currently offers proton conductivity faster than Nafion by a factor of 2, the benchmark for fuel cell membranes.

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Ionic Materials raises $65M in Series C; polymer electrolyte for solid-state batteries

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The investors include companies from the battery manufacturing, consumer electronic and electric vehicle ecosystem which will be working with the company to speed the development of its solid polymer electrolyte battery material. Key properties of Ionic Materials’ polymer include: Up to 1.3

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Improvement in polymers for aviation

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Researchers at the Polymer Technology Group, part of the UPV/EHU’s Department of Polymer Science and Technology and the Institute for Polymer Materials, POLYMAT, in Spain, recently reported the synthesis of high-performance poly(etherimide) (PEI)-based nanocomposites (PNs) with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) via melt mixing. However, like most polymers it is an insulating material from the electrical perspective.

DuPont Polymers showcases new automotive jounce bumper

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DuPont Performance Polymers (DuPont) is showcasing a novel automotive jounce bumper component—part of a vehicle’s shock-absorber system designed to absorb impact and dampen noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

Supercapacitor energy density could soar using contact-lens polymer

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Engineers are nothing if not creative. Significant research is going into improved ways of storing electricity, including alternatives to the currently dominant lithium-ion battery-cell chemistry in electric cars. That includes using supercapacitors to substitute for storage batteries in some circumstances. DON'T MISS: Batteries from junkyard. Batteries research plug-in cars charging energy storage capacitor ultracapacitors

Gel polymer electrolyte for stabilizing sulfur composite electrodes for long-life, high-energy Li-S batteries

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In a paper in the Journal ChemSusChem they report that using a novel gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) enables stable performance close to the theoretical capacity (1675 mAh g -1 ) of a low cost sulfur-carbon composite with high active material loading, i.e. 70% S.

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New hybrid polymer-glass electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries

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Described in a paper (“Compliant Glass-Polymer Hybrid Single-Ion-Conducting Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries”) to be published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the highly conductive hybrid electrolyte combines the two primary types of solid electrolytes: polymer and glass. Polymer and glass or ceramic solid electrolytes each come with their own set of issues.

Oxis Energy polymer Li-S pouch cell surpasses 450 cycles

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Oxis’ standard polymer Li-S pouch cell has surpassed 450 cycles. Oxis Energy, a UK-based developer of lithium-sulfur batteries, reported via Twitter that one of its standard polymer Li-S pouch cells surpassed 450 cycles this week.

Grafoid introduces ion-selective graphene polymer membrane for Li-ion battery electrode protection

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a Canadian graphene R&D, investment and technology licensing company ( earlier post ) introduced its GPURE Graphene Polymer nano-porous membrane intended for next generation Li-Ion battery applications. Grafoid Inc.,

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EPoSil: electroactive polymers for generating electricity from wave power

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A German consortium involving four companies and and two universities is developing dielectric elastomers (electroactive polymers) for the conversion of mechanical energy—in this case wave power—into electrical power.

Danish Power Systems sets new record with degradation rate in high-temperature polymer fuel cells

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The clean technology company Danish Power Systems (DPS), with partners at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech Republic, reports the best operating stability for high-temperature polymer fuel cells (HTPEMFC) yet. The polymer can operate at a higher temperature than traditional PEM cells.

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U of I team uses frontal polymerization for rapid energy-efficient manufacturing of polymers; saving 10 orders of magnitude of energy

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Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce the cost, time and energy needed, compared with the current manufacturing process. Frontal polymerization is a promising alternative curing strategy, in which a self-propagating exothermic reaction wave transforms liquid monomers to fully cured polymers. The resulting polymer and composite parts possess similar mechanical properties to those cured conventionally.

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IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers; cheaper, lighter, stronger and recyclable thermosets for aerospace, automotive and others

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The new family, formed by condensation of paraformaldehyde with bisanilines, can form hard thermoset polymers or, when more oxygenated, produce self-healing gels. Polymers are long chains of molecules connected through chemical bonds.

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CMU researchers rule out one potential cause of resistance in polymer electrolyte fuel cells; R&D guidance toward commercialization

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered how nanoscale polymer films limit future cost reductions in fuel cell electric vehicles. Researchers agree that polymer electrolyte films that are only tens of nanometers thick are in some way responsible.

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LLNL 3-D printed biocatalytic polymer turns methane to methanol at room temperature and pressure

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Using particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO), the researchers created a biocatalytic polymer material that converts methane to methanol. The enzymes retain up to 100% activity in the polymer construct. Remarkably, the enzymes retain up to 100 percent activity in the polymer.

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Heat-conducting polymer cools hot electronic devices at 200 C; potential for automotive applications

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A team led by researchers from Georgia Tech have used an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers that function as a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer.

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain introducing IROX 2 polymer bearings for crankshafts; effective for hybrid and start/stop applications

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The new polymer-coated high-performance bearings can be applied to both light and heavy-duty engines, and are particularly effective in hybrid and start/stop applications that place additional demands on bearings through frequent re-starting.

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Self-healing polymer wrapper enables longer cycle life in silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries

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Top: The stress of repeated swelling and shrinking shatters a conventional silicon electrode and its polymer binding. Bottom: An electrode coated with stretchy, self-healing polymer remains intact. (C.

Polymer microcapsules with liquid carbonate cores and silicone shells offer a new approach to carbon capture

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The team, led by scientists from Harvard University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, employed a microfluidic assembly technique to produce microcapsules that contain liquid sorbents encased in highly permeable polymer shells.

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Polymer-graphene nanocomposites as high-rate “green” electrodes for Li-ion batteries

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A team of researchers from the US and China have developed novel polymer?graphene Moreover, the robust backbone of the polymer can prevent the unwanted dissolution in nonaqueous electrolyte that is always suffered by small molecules, and thereby achieve good cycling stability.

Li-ion sulfur polymer battery shows high energy density as well as safety

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A team from the University of Rome Sapienza has developed a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery based on the combination of a high capacity sulfur-carbon cathode, nanostructured Li x Sn-C anode and polysulfide-added PEO-based gel membrane. Further, the use of a polymer electrolyte and the replacement of lithium metal with a Li-Sn-C nanostructured alloy for the anode should provide high safety content, they noted in their open access paper published in Nature’s Scientific Reports.

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Amyris achieves record low cost farnesene production; sales growth in performance polymers and industrial solvents markets

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The company has also accelerated its sales activity relating to high-performance polymer-grade farnesene for the polymers market and Myralene as a replacement for higher-priced limonene. At these low manufacturing costs, farnesene is also now priced competitively with isoprene as a raw material for many high-performance polymer applications and delivers better functional performance for Amyris’ partners’ end-market materials.

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Trapping Li polysulfides in a polymer matrix to improve Li-S battery performance

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To overcome the challenge of soluble polysulfides as charge/discharge intermediates in Li-S batteries, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, with colleagues at Murray State University, have designed highly crosslinked polymer-electrolyte coating layers with electron-donating groups to bind the polysulfides. They also proposed an electrochemical charge/discharge model which can explain the electrochemical behavior within the insulating polymer layer.

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United Soybean Board awards Battelle and Biobent Polymers funding to assist in commercialization of soy-based bio-composite polymers

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The United Soybean Board (USB) has awarded Battelle funding specifically targeted to assist Biobent Polymers, the Marysville, Ohio-based bioplastics company, in the commercialization of its new bio-composite polymers made from soy. Masavage, Chief of Strategy and Operations at Biobent Polymers. Biobent Polymers is a division of global plastics manufacturer Univenture Inc.,

New multifunctional polymer binder achieves theoretical capacity of LiFePO4 Li-ion batteries without additives

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Researchers led by a team from Griffith University in Australia have developed a multifunctional polymer binder that not only maintains the outstanding binding capabilities of sodium alginate but also enhances the mechanical integrity and lithium-ion diffusion coefficient in a LiFePO 4 (LFP) electrode during the operation of the batteries.

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Global Bioenergies’ bio?isobutene now at 99.77% purity; polymer-grade level

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Global Bioenergies has purified its bio‐isobutene to 99.77%, a polymer‐grade level. Several applications in the polymers business (rubbers, plastics.) require high‐purity isobutene, and 99.77% corresponds to the polymer‐grade standard. Global Bioenergies routinely produces isobutene batches using its industrial pilot located in Pomacle‐Bazancourt, eastern France. Up to now, 95% purity was reached, a level sufficient for several applications, such as fuels and paints.

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Rennovia produces cost-advantaged 100% bio-based nylon-6,6 polymer; automotive apps

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a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for the cost-advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks, has produced and shipped to a prospective partner samples of what it believes to be the world’s first 100% bio-based nylon-6,6 polymer. The new bio-polymer, produced under Rennovia’s RENNLON brand, is made from Rennovia’s renewable monomers, RENNLON adipic acid (AA) and RENNLON hexamethylenediamine (HMD). Rennovia, Inc.,

Solvay participating in Polimotor 2 carbon fiber reinforced polymer engine project

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Solvay is taking a “leadership role” in the development of the Polimotor 2 all-plastic automotive engine to be tested in a race car next year, demonstrating the company’s advanced specialty polymer technologies in light-weighting through metal replacement. The focus of this molding demonstration will be the Polimotor 2, a 4-cylinder carbon fiber reinforced polymer engine based on the Ford 2.0

Solvay Specialty Polymers launches new wear-resistant Veradel polyethersulfone; improved powertrain efficiency

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Solvay Specialty Polymers introduced Veradel 3300 SL 30 polyethersulfone (PESU). The new Veradel grade is a tough, high-performance resin designed to meet growing global demand for advanced polymers that can improve automotive powertrain efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. This high-performing polymer also delivers good dimensional stability and strong resistance to oil and exhaust gases.

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Panasonic commercializes conductive polymer hybrid aluminum electrolytic capacitors for automotive use

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Panasonic Corporation has developed conductive polymer hybrid aluminum electrolytic capacitors realizing large capacitance and large current in a compact form factor (SMD type), suited for automotive ECUs (Electronic Control Units) power supply circuits of HEV, EV and gasoline-powered vehicles, etc.

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Audi to use suspension springs of glass fiber-reinforced polymer instead of steel for ~40% weight savings

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Audi will introduce new, lightweight suspension springs made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) in an upper mid-size model before the end of the year.

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Consultancy looks to aggressive weight reduction in major powertrain components for CO2 savings; metal and polymer matrix composites

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Our contribution has been to identify the preferred material options for these challenging applications, such as metal or polymer matrices, based on manufacturing costs and the required component properties.

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BioSolar extends agreement with UCSB for further development of novel polymer cathode; projecting up to 459 Wh/kg and $54/kWh for Li-ion cells

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The lead inventors of the technology are UCSB professor Dr. Alan Heeger, the recipient of a Nobel Prize in 2000 for the discovery and development of conductive polymers, and Dr. David Vonlanthen, a project scientist and expert in energy storage at UCSB. Startup BioSolar, Inc.

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Grafoid Inc. and Rutgers University to jointly develop and commercialize polymer and non-polymer technology graphene applications

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and Rutgers University AMIPP Advanced Polymer Center signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop jointly graphene technology applications related to both polymer and non-polymer applications. Grafoid Inc. Grafoid, in cooperation with Rutgers AMIPP will focus its investigations initially on infrastructural, aviation, automotive and other applications. Focus Metals, A Canadian emerging mid-tier junior mining company, is the lead partner in Grafoid Inc.,

Cooper Tire and BRDI consortium partners report significant progress on grant to develop guayule polymer for tires

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, working as the lead agency in the grant, announced that its scientists have reached a key milestone toward the goal of producing, by mid-2017, a concept tire in which all of the natural and synthetic rubber is replaced by guayule-based polymers. We have proven that we can replace traditional polymers with guayule in certain components, and that tires made from these components perform equal to conventional tires.

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Amyris and Kuraray expand collaboration in farnesene-based polymers; tires and beyond

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a global chemical products company with a long history of commercializing a range of resins, fibers, textiles and other materials, announced the expansion and extension of their ongoing collaboration in high performance polymers using Biofene, Amyris’s brand of renewable farnesene. Amyris and Kuraray launched their collaboration in 2011 with an initial focus on using Biofene-based polymers to replace petroleum-derived feedstocks in tires. Amyris and Kuraray Co., Ltd.,

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ORNL, Cincinnati Inc. partner to develop commercial large-scale polymer additive manufacturing system

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The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with Cincinnati Incorporated , a manufacturer of high quality machine tools located in Harrison, Ohio, to develop a large-scale polymer additive manufacturing (3-D printing) system. The partnership aims to accelerate the commercialization of a new additive manufacturing machine that can print large polymer parts faster and more cheaply than current technologies.

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Researchers advance concept of “4-D” printing technology using shape memory polymer fibers

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Dunn of the Singapore University of Technology and Design incorporated shape memory polymer fibers into the composite materials used in conventional 3D printing (additive manufacturing), which results in the production of an object fixed in one shape that can later be changed to take on a new shape.

Siemens and partners develop new polymer alternative to ABS from CO2 and renewable resources

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In cooperation with project partners from BASF, Munich Technical University, and the University of Hamburg, scientists at Siemens’ global research unit Corporate Technology developed an alternative for the standard polystyrene-based acrylonitrite-butadiene-styrene (ABS) polymer, which is frequently used for consumer products. More than 70% of the new mixture is made of green polymers.

Corvus Energy’s marine lithium polymer battery pack used in Europe’s first hybrid tugboat

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Lithium polymer battery packs from Corvus Energy were recently installed in Europe’s first hybrid tugboat, the RotorTug RT Adriaan of KOTUG, an international maritime service provider headquartered in The Netherlands. The conversion features Corvus’ AT6500 48 volt lithium polymer battery packs. Corvus’ lithium polymer batteries last up to 10 times longer and have up to 10 times more power and energy storage than lead acid batteries.

Toyota using renewably sourced DuPont Sorona EP Polymer for Prius (alpha)

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The new Toyota Prius α hybrid vehicle features automotive interiors made of DuPont Sorona EP polymer, a high-performance, renewably sourced thermoplastic resin. the parts made from Sorona EP polymers are used on the instrument-panel air-conditioning system outlet and contribute to the advanced interior design while also reducing the environmental footprint. Sorona EP polymers contain between 20% and 37% renewably sourced material (by weight) derived from plant sugar.

Masdar Institute files US patent for Li-ion solid polymer electrolyte battery technology

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UAE-based Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has filed a provisional patent application with the US Patents and Trademarks Office for a new solid polymer electrolyte technology for Li-ion batteries. In addition, conventional solid polymer electrolytes have poor mechanical properties at elevated temperatures, compared to the electrolyte developed at Masdar Institute.