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Ottobock presents GreenLine: Sustainable materials for medical technology

08.05.2024

The trend towards sustainable products and materials is also finding its way into medical technology. With the new GreenLine product range, Ottobock, one of the leading providers of medical technology solutions, offers prosthetists and orthotists and their patients innovative solutions that combine the need for more ecological materials with consistent functionality.
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Empa

Miracle material: cellulose aerogel combines sustainability with high-tech

24.04.2024

Researchers at Empa in Switzerland have developed a new type of material that combines several pioneering properties: the cellulose aerogel is biodegradable, can be printed in three dimensions and also offers excellent thermal insulation.
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Ken Sakaushi National Institute for Materials Science

AI-based evolution: green hydrogen production enhances with platinum-free electrode materials

28.03.2024

Cutting-edge AI technology is improving the field of materials science, particularly in the quest for sustainable energy solutions. Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan have developed an evolutionary AI technique that accelerates the discovery of high-performance materials crucial for green hydrogen production.
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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

New hydrogel for seawater desalination and medical therapies

18.03.2024

Researchers at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) have developed a thermosensitive hydrogel with multifaceted applications, including seawater desalination using solar energy and the creation of advanced biomedical adhesives for semi-invasive therapies and medical diagnostics.
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TU Bergakademie Freiberg / Andreas Hiekel

Basis for innovative PFAS filter made of clay

06.12.2023

PFAS filters available for industrial waste are usually made of activated carbon (PFAS = perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds). As this is comparatively expensive, researchers are looking for alternative filter materials for the so-called "eternal toxins", whose hazardous residues only degrade very slowly in the environment.
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coffeekai

Recycling model for the plastics industry

30.11.2023

Prof Dr Klaus Kümmerer from Leuphana University Lüneburg and his colleague Prof Dr Hans-Josef Endres from Leibniz University Hanover want to develop a sustainable recycling model for the plastics industry.
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envato/svitlanah

PFAS ban: "Most of the PFAS substances used industrially do not pose a risk to humans or the environment"

31.10.2023

The intended European Union ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is causing discussion throughout Europe. Many companies in the medical technology sector fear that they will no longer be able to reliably manufacture products as before. We talked to expert Dr. Martin Leonhard, who chairs the medical technology section of the German industry association SPECTARIS.
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Nick Fewings / Unsplash

Plastic production via advanced recycling lowers GHG emissions

17.10.2023

Producing new plastic by advanced recycling of post-use plastic (PUP), instead of fossil-based production, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and increase the U.S. recycling rate, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.
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Rimidolove

Sustainable materials and recycling in the medical industry

19.09.2023

Recycling instead of disposing sounds easy. But where are the difficulties and what opportunities exist for the industry to become more sustainable, despite strict safety regulations?
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ellinnur

Biomaterials: toolbox for the development of bioadhesives

27.07.2023

The team of Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel, Chair of Biomaterials at the University of Bayreuth, has compiled a current overview of the state of research on protein-based bioadhesives.
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XING Ruirui

Researchers develop biodegradable, biorecyclable glass

22.03.2023

A research group led by Prof. YAN Xuehai from the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed a family of eco-friendly glass of biological origin fabricated from biologically derived amino acids or peptides.
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DITF

Carbon fibers based on wood

14.03.2023

The DITF have developed a sustainable and cost-saving process to produce carbon fibers from lignin. This is an inexpensive raw material that is available in large quantities and is a waste product in paper production. The process offers high energy-saving potential and is particularly environmentally friendly. It uses natural, renewable raw materials and does not require solvents.
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Georgia Tech

New ultrafast water disinfection method more environmentally friendly

23.02.2023

Having safe drinking water is vital for public health, but traditional methods of disinfection cause their own environmental problems. Chlorine is cheap and easy to use in centralized water systems, but at the expense of harmful chemical byproducts.
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Laura Schirrmeister

Degradation of plastic waste using newly developed biocatalysts

14.02.2023

The plastic materials polyurethane and polyvinyl alcohol can now be degraded under mild conditions with the help of enzymes as biocatalysts. Scientists from the University of Greifswald have developed corresponding methods together with the German company Covestro and teams from Leipzig and Dublin, as recently published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., in two separate articles.
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