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Plastics Progression

Posted March 27, 2007 10:52 AM

Does anyone really know which direction we're heading with plastics? [If so, please comment and I'll adjust this blog accordingly].

If two articles posted today are indicators, it seems researchers are investing time and energy to create sustainable, unbreakable plastics, while industry leaders invest in compostable, eco-friendly materials. Who's right?

A NetworkWorld.com blog reports on Dutch and German research of a plastic that conducts electricity equally as well as silicon-based semiconductors. The vision here: sturdy mobile phones. My guess is that the "sturdier plastics" could result in a wider array of applications too. However, I would be leary of an article reporting that the polymers used by the researchers can conduct electricity "a thousand times better than typical plastics." I have yet to find the actual numbers or research to support this broad statement.

On the other hand, plastics may be getting brushed aside by some industry visionaries. Samsung Electronics President Hwang "Mr. Chip" Chang-gyu envisions wooden MP3 players. The article suggests that Mr. Chip's vision may be partly a joke, but his emphasis on eco-friendly products that push out reinforced plastics apparently is not.

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Re: Plastics Progression

03/27/2007 12:05 PM

Think ceramics. Check out Starfire Systems: http://www.starfiresystems.com/

Jules

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Re: Plastics Progression

03/28/2007 6:51 AM

PLA seems to be a natural progression in plastic technology. (Corn based plastics) very similar in focus to the worlds bio-fuel initiatives.

If we could only phase out the backward compatability requirements for Credit cards, we could remove the need for embossed characters. Thus enabling our ability to migrate one of the LARGEST PVC consumtion industries from PVC to an eco-friendly PLA.

But sombody out there wants to continue using thier carbon copy machine, so the world suffers.

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03/28/2007 11:00 AM

Plastics are looking for applications and competing with the other material groups. The other members of the materials group are pushing back. It's going to be a very interesting century for materials science and engineering. Everyone will win.

Bob

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