‘Polymers in Agriculture and Horticulture’

“Polymers in Agriculture and Horticulture” (Rapra Review Reports – 2004) by R.P. Brown. Polymers have been used in agriculture and horticulture since the middle of the last century. There is a tremendous potential for using polymers in agriculture and mankind’s fields and garden would look very different if we did not use polymers in them. This…

Fantastic Plastic — Part 1: Polymers in Computing

By Ned Madden TechNewsWorld Part of the ECT News Network 01/27 Brittle, inflexible, toxic, chemical-filled silicon has to be purified in refineries before any money can be made with it — and that is a very difficult and expensive process. As a result, chip manufacturers are always looking for viable alternatives to silicon, which is…

Fantastic Plastic — Part 2: Electric Action

By Ned Madden TechNewsWorld  02/03 Plastic’s role in the realm of electronics need not be limited to insulating conductive metals. New technologies are emerging that give the material a larger role, with the emergence of substances like intelligent semi-responsive polymers, flexible electronics, thin-film transistors and electroactive polymers that can change shape on the application of…

Fantastic Plastic — Part 3: Polymemories

By Ned Madden TechNewsWorld Part of the ECT News Network 02/10  The search is on for inexpensive alternatives to increasingly complex and costly silicon-based memory systems. Organic electronic PMDs are being considered as potential substitutes for conventional semiconductor memories due to their simple device structures, ease of fabrication, compatibility with flexible substrates and comparative low…

Fantastic Plastic — Part 4: Petro Pollution

By Ned Madden TechNewsWorld Part of the ECT News Network 02/17   Although scientists continue to find new high-tech uses for plastics, the material remains difficult to dispose of properly, and it’s finally pushed the polymers/plastics industry into “high-alert” sustainability mode. Going forward, industry companies face accountability and responsibility demands from the public and the government….