‘Flashed’ byproduct of crude oil could bolster materials, polymer inks — ScienceDaily

Asphaltenes, a byproduct of crude oil production, are a waste material with potential. Rice University scientists are determined to find it by converting the carbon-rich resource into useful graphene. Muhammad…

Catalysts disassemble polymer while adding ethylene, producing propylene, the building blocks of polypropylene — ScienceDaily

Polyethylene plastics — in particular, the ubiquitous plastic bag that blights the landscape — are notoriously hard to recycle. They’re sturdy and difficult to break down, and if they’re recycled…

Most rotator cuff repairs focus on the tendon; this treatment uses an advanced polymer to stimulate regeneration of the muscle as well, protecting the shoulder from repeat injury — ScienceDaily

Tears of the major tendons in the shoulder joint, commonly called the rotator cuff, are common injuries in adults. Advances in surgery have made ever better rotator cuff repairs possible.…

A new polymer system to revolutionize the delivery of therapeutics — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently announced that they have engineered a new class of material, called a “polyzwitterionic complex,” or “pZC,” which is able to both withstand…