Microplastics in Major Indian Rivers

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles up to 5 mm in diameter. Many studies are reporting microplastics in various Indian rivers. The blog post thus reports microplastics in major Indian rivers.

Plastics and Helmet

We all are aware of helmets and many of us even use it quite frequently. It is an important part of any bike ride. Bike helmets are the most common type of helmet, which everyone knows. Nevertheless, helmets are used in many applications such as in: Defence forcesSportsAutomobileConstructionMiningRecreational activities such as rock climbingSpace travel etc … Continue reading Plastics and Helmet

Methodologies for Understanding Dissolution of Polymers

Infographic: Methodologies for Understanding Dissolution of Polymers Polymer dissolution, which is based on two main steps - solvent diffusion and chain disentanglement, is one of the important steps in numerous industries and needs process and condition optimisation for increased profits. Thus, scientists have developed certain methodologies for understanding dissolution of polymers in various solvents and … Continue reading Methodologies for Understanding Dissolution of Polymers

Recycling of Biopolymers!

Currently, about 75 - 85% of the polymeric materials used in various applications such as automotive, household items, construction, etc. are obtained from the non-renewable petroleum source (humans have already consumed about 950 billion barrels of oil till now, leaving about 764 billion barrels in the reserve). Considering the problems of pollution (soil and water) … Continue reading Recycling of Biopolymers!

MXene/Polymer Composites: Have you heard of this composite materials ?

MXenes, discovered in 2011 at Drexel University, are one of the largest class of 2D materials ever known. Above image shows the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of MXene at 500 nm resolution. These are hydrophilic transition metal carbides, nitrides, and carbonitrides, having general structure formula as Mn+1XnTx, wherein M: Transition metal (Ti, V, Nb, … Continue reading MXene/Polymer Composites: Have you heard of this composite materials ?

Polymers with Hidden Length !

I came across one concept of 'Polymers with Hidden Length', which triggered curiosity in me to understand it further. To my surprise, this is not a new phenomenon but one with which we all are living for years and is apparently observed in bones, spider silk, abalone shells, diatoms etc. Literature defines this 'Hidden Length' … Continue reading Polymers with Hidden Length !