An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.
The newly released study noted that the biomaterial—a polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex—is composed of nearly equal parts treated cellulose pulp from wood or cotton and chitosan, which is derived from chitin, the primary ingredient in the exoskeletons of arthropods and crustaceans. The main source of chitin is the mountains of leftover shells from lobsters, crabs and shrimp consumed by humans.
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Lomont Molding Sees Big Business Opportunity in Large-Tonnage Presses
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Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico—eight weeks after the hurricane hit, more than half of the island’s power grid is still offline—but
ThermHex PP Honeycomb Cores Available With 5 mm Cell Size and 12 mm Thickness
ThermHex produces its PP honeycomb cores with a new vacuum forming roll, which allows the production of cell sizes of 5 mm and thicknesses
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LANXESS to Acquire Solvay’s US Phosphorus Additives Business
Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its Additives segment and plans to acquire the phosphorus chemicals business with a