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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

Toyota researchers develop truffle-inspired cathode material for Li-S battery with layer-by-layer self-assembled polymer membrane

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A three-dimensional view of the concept depicting the carbon-infused sulfur core, the hollow carbon nanoparticles and multilayer selective polymer membrane decorated with functionalized carbon.

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

EU funded project developing fast rechargeable zinc-polymer battery for hybrid and small electric vehicles

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million (US$5 million) research project to create a new class of fast rechargeable zinc-polymer batteries for hybrid and small electric vehicle applications. The PolyZion (Fast rechargeable zinc-polymer battery based on ionic liquids) received funding of €2.4 An EU consortium is two years into a 3-year, €3.5 million (US$3.4 million) under the Energy Theme of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Avantium raises 30M to advance YXY technology for green chemicals and fuels; new bio-based polymer PEF

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PEF is a new polymer that can be made out of plant material instead of oil; Avantium is targeting the replacement of petroleum-based polyesters as PET with PEF. Avantium, which spun off from Shell in 2000 to develop furan-based biofuels and biomaterials ( earlier post ), has raised €30 million (US$43.9 million) to advance its YXY technology, which converts carbohydrates into furanic building blocks for making renewable materials and fuels.

Researchers Develop Novel High-Performance Polymer Tin Sulfur Lithium Ion Battery

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Sketch of the Sn/C/CGPE/ Li 2 S/C polymer battery. The battery is formed by a Sn/C composite anode, a PEO-based gel polymer electrolyte, and a Li 2 S/C cathode. Hassoun and Scrosati also replaced the common liquid organic solutions with a gel-type polymer membrane.

New Honeywell polymer additives for asphalt decrease paving energy costs and pollutant emissions

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Honeywell has introduced a line of additives for asphalt aimed at helping the paving industry decrease energy usage, reduce emissions and save money while helping meet demanding road specifications. The new Honeywell Titan additives for asphalt have been shown in real-life paving trials (subject to weather and paving practices) to reduce the fuel required to mix asphalt by 13% and harmful emissions generated by road paving by as much as 82%, while helping to minimize rutting.

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.

Researchers make breakthrough for fuel cells and batteries

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Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and MIT believe they have developed a new solid-state polymer electrolyte for use in electrochemical devices including fuel cells and batteries. Tags: Electric cars Fuel Cells Green cars Latest news electric car batteries fuel cell cars mit Pennsylvania State University researchers solid-state polymer electrolytes

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Ford brings cellulose fiber reinforced thermoplastic to 2014 Lincoln MKX

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Because cellulose fibers are compatible with various “workhorse” polymers, Weyerhaeuser plans to expand the THRIVE line of products beyond polypropylene to a range of hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon polymers. Bio-polymers Biomass Materials Plastics Weight reduction

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ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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Bio-polymers Biomass Biorefinery Sustainability Wave and Tidal Web/TechA study by researchers at Iowa State University has determined that the automotive industry has a very large potential to utilize biobased materials. Their report, “Biobased Automobile Parts Investigation”, was developed for the USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses.

Microporous polymer material for supercapacitors with large capacitance, high energy and power densities and excellent cycle life

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A team led by Dinglin Jiang at the National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Okazaki (Japan) reports in the journal Angewandte Chemie on the synthesis of co-operative porous frameworks based on aza-fused π(pi)-conjugated microporous polymers (CMPs) for use in supercapacitors. Special microporous, framework-like, organic polymers are materials of interest in this area. Ragone plots of Aza-CMPs. Source: Kou et al. Supplementary material. Click to enlarge.

GM begins market positioning for Cruze Diesel in 2013; small displacement diesels to “fill an important niche”

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Bio-polymers DieselGM expects that the North American introduction of a 2.0L turbodiesel engine on Cruze—one of the top-selling gasoline-powered cars in the US in 2011 and General Motors’ best-selling model globally—will establish Chevrolet as the only domestic automaker offering an American-manufactured diesel-powered compact car with a European-American developed engine. Earlier post. ).

Obama Administration releases National Bioeconomy Blueprint; health, food, energy and environment

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Bio-hydrocarbons Bio-hydrogen Bio-polymers Biobutanol Biodiesel Biogasoline Biomass Biorefinery Biotech Synthetic BiologyThe White House today released a national Bioeconomy Blueprint , a comprehensive approach to harnessing innovations in biological research to address national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment. In coordination with the Blueprint’s release, Federal officials also announced a number of new commitments to help achieve the Blueprint’s goals.

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).

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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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.

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.

EU targets more environmentally friendly batteries

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A new project has been launched by the European research consortium known as the SOMABAT (Solid materials for high power Li polymer batteries) with the aim of creating more environmentally friendly and higher power Li polymer batteries. The consortium will create novel and recyclable solid materials that can used as anode, cathode and solid polymer [.].

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.

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.

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.

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.

New process for manufacturing nano-cellulose powder; applications in novel lightweight composite materials

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Such applications include reinforcing (bio-)polymers to create very promising, environmentally safe, lightweight construction material for the car industry, as well as membrane or filter materials for applications in packaging and biomedicine. Bio-polymers Biomass Materials Weight reduction

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.

New Mazda bio-based engineering plastic features high-quality finish without paint; suitable for exterior parts

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Bio-polymers Materials Mazda Motor Corporation, in conjunction with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, has developed a new bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for exterior design parts for automobiles. The new plastic will help Mazda to reduce its impact on the environment in a number of ways. As the plastic is made from plant-derived materials, its adoption will help to curb the use of petroleum resources and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

U Minn researchers develop bio-based elastomers from recoverable methyl valerolactone; tires, gaskets, seals, etc.

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The glass transition temperature is the temperature region in which a polymer transitions from a hard, glassy material to a soft, rubbery material. In other words, when the polymer is cooled below the glass transition temperature, it becomes hard and brittle. The low glass transition temperature allows these polymers to be used at lower temperatures than other biodegradable polymers; applications could include tires, gaskets, seals adhesive, sealant and damping products.

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.,

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