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November Polymer News

November news, research and publications in the the polymer world.


An updated patent fee schedules from the USPTO has been released, increasing prices for certain activities but other remain constant from the previous revision.

Berry Plastics announced it will purchase Clopay Plastics Product Company.  Clopay makes breathable films for multiple consumer products.

New 3D printing materials from SABIC, Prodways/A.Schulman, Carbon, and DowDuPont.

Interesting Publications (subscription/access may be required)

Perspectives on stimuli responsive materials and network and gels were highlighted perspective articles in Marcomolecules.

In the spirit of winter in the Northern Hemisphere: a Nature Communications publication on polymers mimics of biological antifreeze, and a Journal of Controlled Release publication on a polymeric microneedle device used to deliver influenza vaccines.

INRS published a paper in Analytical Chemistry on a method to detect filed-off serial numbers in some plastics using Raman spectroscopy.
A review of plastic recycling was published by Science covering the various technologies available.
The seventh Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award nominations for 2018 can be submitted to the Journal of Polymer Science B from their webpage.