Exilica Ltd, Coventry, UK, has found a way of incorporating volatile organic compounds, such as
fragrances, flavours and anti-microbials, into thermoplastics. The company claims that typical polymer processing temperatures cause organic compounds to evaporate. It has overcome this by shielding the compounds so that they survive two exposures to heat of 220°C.
Water-efficient technology has vast potential and the associated tax relief can help manufacturers boost their bottom line. Water specialist Claire Sweeney, at UK sustainable business programme Envirowise, reports
The UK Carbon Reduction Commitment kicks in from April 2010. Alessandra McConville, Environmental Programmes Leader at EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation, provides guidance on the process of compliance.
Last month, Materials World magazine carried a feature on the mechanisms being explored for recycling
carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites. Rupal Mehta takes the story further with a report
on a conference on carbon fibre recycling and reuse.
European scientists claim to have demonstrated the feasibility of doping plastic optical fibres (POFs) with conjugated oligomers or co-polymer F8BT to create all-optical switching. This may enhance data transmission in short haul POF networks.