• Wine bottle corks (Image courtesy of Tecnalia)

    Composite stoppers for wine bottles

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Spanish research organisation Tecnalia is designing composite wine stoppers to combine the benefits of plastic and biomass elements including cork.
  • A mango, yesterday

    Fruitful endeavours in edible films

    Packaging Professional magazine
    A film composed entirely of mango puree could provide an alternative to synthetic materials and increase shelf-life of fresh-cut fruit, according to a team of Thai researchers.
  • MST part special issue on Electrospun nanofibres and electrospun nanoporous materials

    Maney Publishing
    The November issue of the Institute journal Materials Science and Technology ( MST ) focuses on ‘Electrospun nanofibres and electrospun nanoporous materials: reality, potential and challenges’ through a selection of articles and reviews that report on the promising development of nanotechnology in the area of electrospinning. The issue provides an overview of the considerable efforts on the development of new methods for the production of nanofibres in the past decade, and the challenges that still remain. Members of the Institute enjoy free access to this issue and all of the Institute’s refereed journals.
  • Electron radiation for natural fibre-reinforced composites

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers in Germany have shown that electron radiation can improve interfacial bonding in natural fibre-reinforced composites. The process may be faster, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than existing methods.
  • Turning up the heat on printability - extrusion-coated paper

    Materials World magazine
    The print quality of extrusion-coated paper has been improved through flame treatment, says a group of researchers in Finland.
  • Moulded foam packaging made from mushroom composite

    Mushroom composite foam

    Materials World magazine
    A biodegradable material made from mushroom roots and seed husks could replace plastic foam for packaging applications.
  • Decayed tree-trunk

    Fighting decay - organic preservation method for wood

    Materials World magazine
    An organic preservation method for treated wood used in residential applications may provide an effective and environmentally friendly way to prevent wood decay.
  • Wooden packaging

    Misunderstood wood? Food packaging

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Novel microbiological testing methods could promote wood’s use as a food packaging material, according to a group of French researchers. The research is said to compound findings from other scientists, which conclude that micro-organisms do not survive easily on wood.
  • Moulded foam packaging made from mushroom composite

    Mushroom composite foam

    Packaging Professional magazine
    A biodegradable material made from mushroom roots and seed husks could replace plastic foam, say its developers. The material has already been used for ready-to-assemble office furniture packaging and audio products.
  • Turning up the heat on printability - extrusion-coated paper

    Packaging Professional magazine
    The print quality of extrusion-coated paper has been improved through flame treatment, says a group of researchers in Finland. The team has applied flame, corona, and atmospheric treatments to two different types of extrusion coatings – low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene (PP) – and has found that flame treatment has a strong effect on printability. An improvement in the visual quality of surfaces after atmospheric plasma treatment is also said to be visible.

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