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Transport of the future, polymers activate the booster
Cutting Edge 4 min

Transport of the future, polymers activate the booster

Faced with issues relating to pollution and other energy resources, the evolution of the means of transport is at the heart of discussions. Evolution or revolution? New projects are progressing at hig...
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  • Polymers: a giant step towards miniaturisation
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    Polymers: a giant step towards miniaturisation

    In light of the trend towards nanotechnologies, any talk of miniaturisation can seem slightly obsolete. But, in spite of this, miniaturisation remains relevant, particularly in the medical industry...

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    An invisible revolution inside plastics

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    Piezoelectricity gives a new impetus to plastics

    For vibrations, sound, pressure or temperature measurements and more. Thanks to electroactive polymers, connected products will now be endowed with new sensory functions. And they will be autonomous w...

  • Robots go for plastics
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    Robots go for plastics

    Robots - the stuff of science fiction writers’ imaginings. And what we fervently hope will one day soon free us from the worst drudgery. Robotics has taken a big step forward recently for two reasons:...

  • A new dimension for plastics
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    A new dimension for plastics

    Originally intended for prototyping, 3D printing is now inspiring new manufacturing alternatives to mass production ... A trend where the object is the message and plastics are ousting paper from prin...

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    Polymers - High fibre innovation

    A little over half of the world’s textile output is used by the garment industry where Natural fibres though very much used are being steadily being ousted by artificial or synthetic fibres, which are...

  • Extreme plastics
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    Extreme plastics

    Admission to the elite group of high performance polymers...and to win over high-tech sectors like aerospace, transportation and defence...is fiercely competitive but conventional plastics have not ha...

  • When polymers conduct electricity
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    When polymers conduct electricity

    The now-famous diode, used in many screens, is one of the numerous applications connected to the development of conductive polymers. But how can a simple piece of plastic conduct electricity when this...

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    Intelligent textiles

    As an old industry gets a new lease on life, flirting with nanotechnology, biochemistry and state-of-the-art electronics, it gains new power to transform the way we work, live, travel and care for our...

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