Metal and plastics fabrication and assembly are at the heart of custom manufacturing and the cutting edge of industrial technology. Unsurprisingly, 2017 has already been an incredible year for material sciences.
New polycarbonate recycling method derived from unlikely material
Since its invention, polycarbonate has been known for its highly durable, lightweight composition, compatibility with injection molding applications, heat resistance and excellence as an electric insulator. According to analysis from Technavio, the global polycarbonate plastics market will grow by more than $5 billion over the next four years, with more than 60 percent of the polycarbonate market, by dollar value, residing in the Asia-Pacific region by 2021. APAC has long been major player in global automotive and electronics production, two industries where economics and materials experts predict polycarbonate plastics will take off in the next decade. U.S. manufacturers would be wise to take notice.
Global polycarbonate plastics markets will grow by more than $5 billion by 2021.
Widespread polycarbonate use does have one sizeable drawback: adverse environmental implications. Manufacturers across the globe have researched methods for recycling used polycarbonate in ways that lead to equally durable second-generation products, but to no avail. Numerous chemical processes for degrading polycarbonate waste either damage the material beyond reuse or undercut ecological benefits.
However, researchers from the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry and the Cracow University of Technology discovered an effective, green-friendly alternative process that incorporates coconut oil to produce high-quality recycled polycarbonate for construction and insulation purposes. If proven beneficial at an industrial scale, this method could be a boon to manufacturers and suppliers alike that wish to capitalize on polycarbonate and uphold their commitments to the environment.
Frontier of nanotech metal degradation expanded
Who knew watching rust formations could lead to a breakthrough in metal fabrication?
Advancements in real-time X-ray scattering gave scientific researchers at the Argonne National Lab and Temple University front row seats to examine how metal nanoparticles oxidize when exposed to corrosive conditions. More specifically, these scientists sought to understand if and how oxidization alters nanoscale atomic structures. They expected oxidation effects to differ according to both the property of the assay materials and their size.
In the end, the conclusions reached by this experiment have the potential to aid in the design of more complex and resilient nanotechnology made with iron and similar resources, which could have serious implications for fabricators partnered with consumer electronics, biomedical device or battery manufacturers.
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