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October 11th, 2006

Scientists Use "Green" Approach To Transform Plastics Manufacturing

Abstract:
Using environmentally safe compounds like sugars and vitamin C, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have vastly improved a popular technology used to generate a diverse range of industrial plastics for applications ranging from targeted drug delivery systems to resilient paint coatings.

The new ATRP technique also allows for production of higher molecular weight chains, thereby extending the range of accessible materials that could be made using this method. For example, chemists could grow high molecular weight polymers with precise control, providing even larger templates for nanoscale carbon structures used in computer screen field emission displays and semi-conductors that regulate the flow of electricity in sensors, some only a fraction of the width of a hair.

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