Students design use-and-throw organic pen

A group of students of the Panchayat Union Middle School in Tamil Nadu have been using eco-friendly pens in an effort to check the usage of plastic materials.

A majority of the students use the use-and-throw plastic pens available in the market, which badly affect the environment.Homepagecarroussel-research1

Plantain leaf, papaya leaf stem, coconut leaf, and castor stem are used as body of the pen. They have fixed the nib at one end of the stem, and closed the other end using maida starch to hold the ink.

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Ricin only lethal in combination with sugar

The plant toxin ricin is one of the most poisonous naturally occurring proteins, making it an extremely dangerous bioweapon. Scientists have been searching for an effective ricin antidote for decades. However, cytotoxins like ricin also provide important insights into the molecular characteristics of cells, such as the contact points the poison uses to enter cells. Castor-Oil-Seeds2

IMBA researchers have now discovered that sugar is a key factor. The researchers identified two genes that make ricin so lethal. Fut9 and Slc35c1 regulate metabolism of a particular sugar in cells, an essential monosaccharide called fucose.

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Castable Polymers made from Castor Beans could Replace Conventional Plastics

Super-tough materials derived from inedible plants are lightweight, renewable and strong enough to use in vehicles

A new polymer blend made from castor beans is stronger and lighter than conventional structural materials, and researchers say it could improve the safety and fuel efficiency of cars.Castor-Oil-Seeds2

Castor beans are notorious for containing the poison ricin, but it’s possible to turn them into polyamide 11, a thermoplastic from the nylon family of polymers. Now, scientists from Japan have developed a super-strong polymer blend by mixing polyamide 11 with the common household plastic polypropylene, that could replace many of the plastics we use today.

Castor Oil Good for Hair and Tumors

Castor oil is one of the most commonly used oils that can improve the physical condition of the body, gives strength and beauty.

Here are some of the major uses of castor oil which everyone should know.castor-oil-800067

  • Massaging arthritic joints with castor oil diminishes inflammation and pain.
  • It is helpful in treating baldness. Prevents hair loss and stimulates hair growth.
  • By putting a castor oil compress on a tumor, its development can be reduced and also prevents appearance of more tumors.

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Novel One Shot Method for Synthesis of Castor Oil Polyurethane Foam

Researchers from India prepared castor oil polyurethane from pre-polymer oftoluene diisocyanate (TDI) and castor oil with dibutyl tin dilaurate (DBTDL) catalyst. Homepagecarroussel-research1Water was used as blowing agent. The rate of forming was increased by increasing catalyst and water content. On other hand the cell size of the PU decreased with increasing amount of the catalyst and water content.

Characterization studies were performed to analyse the properties of synthesized foam.

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New Castor Oil Based Polyurethanes Reinforced With Double-Decker Silsesquioxane

Scientists from China synthesized hybrid polyurethanes with double-decker silsesquioxane (DDSQ) using castor oil and isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) as feedstock. Double-decker octaphenyl silsesquioxanetetraol (DDSQ) was prepared and characterized castor oil polyurethaneby spectroscopy.

Results showed that with the inclusion of DDSQ, the hydrophobicity of the hybrid material was significantly improved.

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Bioplastics Market & Strategy Consulting – from Bioplastics Guide

EAI, the parent company of CastorOil.in, had been studying the bioplastics industry for the past few years and in the recent past we had the opportunity to look at the sector, in India and worldwide at close quarters.

Based on these, we have put together an exclusive team to provide strategic and market consulting for the global bioplastics industry.

If you are interested in the bioplastics sector and the opportunities it presents, see here to know how the Bioplastics Guide can help you get a strategic understanding of the bioplastics market.

Bioplastics Applications & Uses – Current, Emerging Markets – Bioplastics Guide

The Bioplastics Guide, an initiative by EAI, is a focussed consulting and market research division for the global bioplastics and biopolymers sectors.

The Guide has an interesting section that provides an overview of the end use segments and applications for bioplastics.

Get to know more about the current and emerging end use segments for bioplastics from this page @ the Bioplastics Guide.

New Castor Oil Based Green Plasticizer

Scientists from India performed esterification of furfuryl alcohol and castor oil fatty acid at 3:1 molar ratio, by immobilized Candida antarctica Lipase B in a solvent free system.castor-oil-800067 A maximum yield of ester was obtained. Performance of the FA-COFA ester plasticized Ethyl Cellulose (EC) films were evaluated by certain characteristic studies.

Results showed that the furfuryl alcohol-castor oil fatty acid ester with significant plasticizing property at a certain concentration could act as a substitute for traditional plasticizer dibutyl phthalate.

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Castor Oil Biodiesel–Diesel Blends for Compression Ignition Engine

Researchers performed an experiment where castor oil, ethyl ester were prepared by castor-oil-800067transesterification using potassium hydroxide (KOH) as a catalyst and tested on a four-stroke, single-cylinder compression ignition engine. The test was carried out at a constant speed of 3000 rpm at different loads.

The results represent a substantial decrease in carbon monoxide (CO) emission with an increasing biodiesel percentage.

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