Foam innovations addressing global challenges


Foam innovations addressing global challenges

The growth in the world’s population is posing increasing challenges along the food supply chain, on precious resources, housing and on transportation. Among these challenges, two principal needs can be distinguished: those for improvements in sustainability and in efficiency. SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet these improvement needs: on the one hand they offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance, and on the other hand, they offer unique benefits over non-foamed polymer. Read More

New solar-powered catalyst produces methane from CO2

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA: Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a ‘clean’ process using solar energy. Undertaken by the University of Adelaide in collaboration with CSIRO, the research could make viable a process that has enormous potential to replace fossil fuels and continue to use existing carbon-based fuel technologies without increasing atmospheric CO2. The catalyst the researchers have developed. Read More

Lighting up the world with Jamuns

In an interview, Soumitra Satapathi, assistant professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee in Uttarakhand with Chemical Today Magazine speaks about the research – on making dye sensitised solar cells from jamuns which are cost effective and eco-friendly. Jamun is a purple coloured fruit, known as Java Plum. It is native to India and adjoining regions of Southeast Asia. In our research, we are trying to replace costly Ru-based sensitiser with low-cost natural products ie. dye sensitised solar cells (DSSCs) or Gratzel cells. Jamun based DSSC. Read More

Reliance inaugurates world-class research centre in India

VADODARA, INDIA: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) inaugurated its technologically advanced product application & research centre (PARC) at Vadodara, India. The PARC will focus on creating value addition opportunities, not only for RIL’s polymer business but also for its customers by offering technical, product upgradations and application development services. The PARC initially set up in Mumbai in 1990 with the sole objective of providing product support solutions to customers, has now been transformed into a crucial R&D facility for polymers. Read More

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