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Chemists create nanofibers using unprecedented new method

Researchers have developed a novel method for creating self-assembled protein/polymer nanostructures that are reminiscent of fibers found in living cells. The work offers a promising new way to fabricate materials for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2014

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Nature inspires a greener way to make colorful plastics

Long before humans figured out how to create colors, nature had already perfected the process - think stunning, bright butterfly wings of many different hues, for example. Now scientists are tapping into those secrets to develop a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics.

Posted: Jul 30th, 2014

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A green method to prepare cellulose nanoparticles from waste cotton

In addition to biodegradability and the ability to be recovered and re-used, cellulose nanoparticles are light and cheap, and they have very desirable mechanical properties. Therefore, they have high potential to be used in pharmaceutics, foodstuff, cosmetics, paper production and composite manufacturing.

Posted: Jul 29th, 2014

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Nanotechnology and tyres: Greening industry and transport

The use of new nanomaterials in tyre production could help foster the sustainability of the tyre industry and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, if the potential environmental, health and safety risks of the technology are managed carefully, according to the new OECD report 'Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport'.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2014

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