absorbent polymer News

  • Absorbing organic pollutants in soils

    A new study closely examines the role degrading plant materials play in absorbing organic pollutants in the soil. These “biopolymers” are the waxy, water resistant barriers between the plant cells and the environment. This information is important to evaluate the role of these biopolymers as a natural sorbent for organic pollutants in the environment. The study, reported in the ...

  • Tensar international responds to sustained polymer cost escalation

    Tensar International Corporation, the leader in geosynthetic soil reinforcement and stabilization, has increased prices for its subgrade improvement and road base reinforcement geogrid products globally. The 10 percent increase, effective May 2, has been implemented to partially offset significantly higher polymer raw material costs “Global polymer costs have continued to rise steeply and ...


    By Tensar International

  • Acrylic Acid & Its Derivatives Market as Water Treatment Polymers

    Acrylic acid and its derivatives are widely used in industrial processing. These are also used in surface coatings, adhesives & sealants, etc. Growing demands in super absorbent polymers are expected to be the major drivers for the market growth. The major markets for acrylic acid and its derivatives include surface coatings, adhesives, plastic additives and co-monomers. Acrylic esters ...

  • NREL, UCLA certify world record for polymer solar cell efficiency

    Scientists boosted the significance of tandem polymer solar cells by successfully testing cells with low-bandgap polymers that achieved certified conversion efficiencies of 8.62 ± 0.3% with respect to standard terrestrial reporting conditions. That’s the highest independently measured efficiency for a polymer solar cell, say researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s ...

  • Chemtex launches a new product designed to absorb water from contaminated fuel and oil tanks

    The Chemtex Water Wick is specifically designed to help prevent water-related problems in engines and fuel systems. By removing the water from your fuel systems, you reduce water contamination, tank rust, algae, filter blockage, engine failures and ...


    By Chemtex, Inc.

  • Future Solar Panels

    The solar panels we see tend to be rigid and black. Organic photovoltaic technology, by contrast, enables more translucent and more flexible solar panels in a range of colours to be manufactured. But this technology needs to meet certain requirements if it is to be accepted on the market: greater efficiency, longer duration and low production cost. So this research has set out “to analyse ...

  • In with recycled plastic bricks, out with cement

    Recycling has been around for ages, but it wasn't until the 1970s that drop-off recycling centres emerged, and the late 1980s that doorstep collection began. While the existing recycling process is crucial to dealing with the growing amount of waste we produce, researchers are looking for alternative solutions. A group from Spain, Latvia and Lithuania says it is now ready to launch a green ...

  • Shimadzu offers new reports for liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry

    Shimadzu Scientific Instruments released several technical reports for liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LCMS), including research on artificial colorants, polymer additives and nutraceuticals. “Analysis of Artificial Colorants by Ultra-fast Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry” describes analysis, retention time and peak repeatability using Shimadzu’s LCMS-IT-TOF mass spectrometer, ...

  • Nanowires may boost solar cell efficiency, UC San Diego engineers say

    University of California, San Diego electrical engineers have created experimental solar cells spiked with nanowires that could lead to highly efficient thin-film solar cells of the future. Indium phosphide (InP) nanowires can serve as electron superhighways that carry electrons kicked loose by photons of light directly to the device’s electron-attracting electrode — and this scenario could boost ...

  • Lehigh University professor receives Astellas Award for arsenic groundwater remediation efforts

    Arup K. SenGupta, Ph.D., a professor of civil, environmental and chemical engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., has been chosen to receive a 2009 Astellas USA Foundation Award. The award, administered by the American Chemical Society, is given to individuals who have made significant scientific research contributions that improve public health through their work in the chemical and ...


    By American Chemical Society

  • New route to reclaiming plastics from ASR

    Researchers have found a new way of separating the different types of shredded plastic parts from end-of-life-vehicles (ELVs). In co-operation with Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota and German waste technology specialist Sicon, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Freising, Germany, has developed the so-called CreaSolv process. When compressed into granulate, ...


    By Recycling International

  • When stabilisation is critical, PermeatecDS won’t let you down

    October saw the launch of the first product from the Technical Absorbents (TAL) Permeatec product range, which is aimed at the control, stabilisation and reinforcement markets. PermeatecDS has been designed specifically for the control of dust and the stabilisation of loose, granular materials. ...


    By Technical Absorbents

  • Efficiency record of 17.6% on flexible CIGS solar cell on plastic developed at EMPA

    Flexible thin film solar cells on polymer film with a new record efficiency of 17.6% have been developed by the scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology (EMPA). The conversion efficiency record has been independently certified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, Germany.  Scientists under the leadership of Dr. ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Compostable plastics have a sweet ending

    Food packaging and other disposable plastic items could soon be composted at home along with organic waste thanks to a new sugar-based polymer. The degradable polymer is made from sugars known as lignocellulosic biomass, which come from non-food crops such as fast-growing trees and grasses, or renewable biomass from agricultural or food waste. It is being developed at Imperial College ...

  • TAL takes Permeatec to Nashville

    Nashville, Tennessee is opening its doors to Technical Absorbents Ltd (TAL) as it prepares to take its new PermeatecDS sand and granular material stabilisation technology over to the USA for the first time. It will showcase its new product at Environmental Connection – the event of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) – which attracts leading players from ...


    By Technical Absorbents

  • Banana fibre can fix marine oil spills, says study

    Fibre from the stem of the banana plant can efficiently absorb oil spills that pollute coasts and threaten marine life says a new study by Indian researchers. Banana fibre, when treated with certain chemicals, can absorb up to 18 times their weight of oil, according to the study published last month ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Acrylic Acid Market is Expected to Reach USD 20.0 Billion by 2018 : Transparency Market Research

    Transparency Market Research has released a new market report titled "Acrylic Acid Market (Acrylate Esters, Glacial Acrylic Acid & Others) for Superabsorbent polymers & Surface Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants, Textiles, Plastic Additives & Printing Ink Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast, 2012 - 2018," which observes that the demand for acrylic ...


  • M15 and M17 Kaeser portable compressors powered by Honda

    Kaeser’s M15 and M17 models offer the reliability you’ve come to expect from our Mobilair portable compressor line – but in exceptionally compact packages! These light-weight models combine Kaeser’s proprietary Sigma Profile airend with a powerful, industrial Honda gasoline engine under a tough polymer shell. With a capacity of 50-60 scfm at 100 psig, these units can operate up to a 60 lb. paving ...


  • Webinar: Real-Time Monitoring Drives Polymerization Success

    Real-time, in situ monitoring provides invaluable data that can be used to control polymerization, leading to higher-weight, performance-optimized polymers. A new, free, on-demand webinar from METTLER TOLEDO offers an expert review of real-world experiments in which in situ monitoring helped lay the groundwork for exciting innovations in this rapidly-evolving synthesis arena. METTLER TOLEDO has ...


    By Mettler - Toledo Int. Inc

  • Biodegradation of phenol resins

    Phenol resins are synthetic polymers belonging to the family of thermo-resistant polymers, with various commercial and industrial applications. Compared to common plastics, these resins present considerable difficulties for recycling, because they cannot be melted or mixed with other plastics, as they are incompatible. The difficulty of recycling or breaking them down means that many end up in ...


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