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Polymers


Student Spotlight: Driving performance improvement for PLA in fibers and nonwovens

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New SUPD guidance calls biopolymers ‘plastic’; yet PHA, PLA stakeholders remain optimistic for the long term

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Calcium carbonate enables sustainability in polymer fiber applications

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Thermo-mechanical properties and b) stress-strain curves of PLA and modified PLA

Hamid Ebrahimi recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University where he studied polylactic acid (PLA) structure-process-property relationships with other biodegradable polymers. His …

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Biodegradable polymers in different environments. Illustration courtesy of Nova Institute.

The European Commission’s Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) has been hotly debated since its initial publication in July 2019. While the aim of the legislation is a noble one – minimizing …

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Incorporation of fiber grade CaCO3 into PP nonwovens

Calcium carbonate, which is ubiquitous in nature, can be found everywhere in daily life. It is used widely as a coating agent for paper or cardboards and for paints; as …

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Polarized light microscopy of liquid crystal

The Soft Functional Materials Lab @ VCU is motivated to apply fundamental science to solving challenging and practical problems. The lab focuses on the processing and characterization of soft functional …

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Evolon® New Generation is a bicomponent technology made from super-microfilaments

A biocomponent fiber, or bico, is a fiber that combines two separate polymers into a single filament. The term conjugate fiber is also used as a synonym.    The process …

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