Good to be green -- Wool to deliver keynote address at Green Chemistry and Engineering conference
In today’s day and age, advances in green chemistry are leading the way for remarkable sustainability efforts. Evidenced in high-performance composites and resins made from soybean and newspapers, as well as computer circuit boards made from chicken feathers, in the hands of researchers, ordinary materials lend themselves to the creation of renewable resources.
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Plastic fantastic
An Internet search of the term "bio-based resources" returns an overwhelming 342,000 hits. Equally impressive is a search for University of Delaware’s Richard P. Wool and "bio-based resources," which nets 63,400 results.
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Prof. Wool wins BEPS Lifetime Achievement Award
Professor Richard Wool wins the Lifetime Achievement Award from the BioEnvironmental Plastic Society. The award will be presented in Vienna on Sept 27-30th, where Prof. Wool will give a plenary address entitled "Biobased Polymers and Composites".
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Twinkle, twinkle
Joseph Stanzione, a doctoral student in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware, has documented new evidence supporting Professor Richard P. Wool’s Twinkling Fractal Theory (TFT).
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Eco-attire wins design award
Eco-friendly clothing and footwear has earned four University of Delaware undergraduates the 2011 Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology (YCOSST) P3 design award.
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MSNBC news program to feature ACRES hydrogen storage research
MSNBC came to campus asking questions about the future of energy. This Thursday, March 31, the cable network will air what it learned.
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Green in fashion
In a unique partnership between the departments of Fashion and Apparel Studies and Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware, faculty and students are designing and developing apparel and footwear using renewable sources and waste, with hopes that their end products will be fashionable, affordable and environmentally sustainable.
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ACRES program featured on PBS series 'Making Stuff'
The University of Delaware's Affordable Composites from Renewable Sources (ACRES) program will be featured in the Making Stuff: Cleaner segment Feb. 2, when host David Pogue examines the emerging science and business of clean energy.
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Wool wins ACS national award for affordable green chemistry
Richard P. Wool is a 2011 recipient of the American Chemical Society (ACS) award for Affordable Green Chemistry. The award, sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company and endowed by Rohm and Haas Company, is given annually in recognition of scientific discovery of new eco-friendly chemistries with the potential to enable products or manufacturing processes that are less expensive than existing alternatives.
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Fuel from chicken feathers?
... research is going on regarding chicken feather meal. It contains stronger and more absorbent keratin fiber than wood. Professor Richard P. Wool of the chemical engineering department of the University of Delaware, is trying to carbonized chicken feathers. This type of chicken feather bears a resemblance to highly versatile (and tiny) carbon nanotubes. This chicken feather can be utilized to store hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles. If we visualize carefully we can see that very tiny natural sponges of chicken feathers have a big weight advantage over metal hydride storage.
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Chicken feathers could store fuel
Chicken feather fibers could help cars use hydrogen fuel in the future. When carefully heated for precise times to specific temperatures, hollow tubes form between the fibers, strengthening its structure, and becomes more porous, boosting its surface area and thus their capacity to store gas. The result is chicken feather fibers whose carbon-rich surfaces attract hydrogen.
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Wool to discuss green research on Science Friday
The University of Delaware's Richard Wool, professor of chemical engineering, was a guest of host Ira Flatow on National Public Radio's Science Friday program on Friday, June 26.
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You really can catch lightning in a bottle
Prof. Wool is quoted in a May 5 Science Now Daily News story about glass and electricity.
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Glass molecules twinkle
'Twinkling fractal theory' helps explain behavior of glassy materials
PITTSBURGH — High-resolution images of glasses solidifying may help explain the precise conditions causing glassy materials to melt. Physicist Richard Wool of the University of Delaware in Newark reported March 17 at a meeting of the American Physical Society.
When water freezes into ice, molecules calm down and assume a regular, crystalline pattern. As glass turns from a molten liquid to cool solid, on the other hand, its molecules slow down but never completely stop, making glass a mysterious state of matter. “The glassy state is one of the most unsolved areas in material sciences,” says Wool.
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Prof. Wool presented new theory in AIChE Centennial Meeting in Philadelphia
Prof's new theory explains the mysterious nature of glass
Archaeological evidence suggests that glass was first made in the Middle East sometime around 3000 B.C. However, almost 5,000 years later, scientists are still perplexed about how glassy materials make the transition from a molten state to a solid. Richard Wool, professor of chemical engineering at UD, thinks he has the answer.

In a paper to be published later this year in the Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, Wool documents a new conceptual approach, known as the Twinkling Fractal Theory (TFT), to understanding the nature and structure of the glass transition in amorphous materials. The theory provides a quantitative way of describing a phenomenon that was previously explained from a strictly empirical perspective.
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Wool to speak at '09 World Congress of Chemical Engineering
Richard Wool, University of Delaware professor of chemical engineering and director of the Affordable Composites from Renewable Sources (ACRES) research group, has been invited to be a plenary speaker at the green polymers symposium during the eighth World Congress of Chemical Engineering to be held Aug. 23-27, 2009, in Montreal. The World Congress, which will be held at Montreal's convention center, will bring together the global chemical engineering community to discuss the most pressing issues of the times.
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UD ACRES research on Sundance Channel
University of Delaware research on the use of green composite materials being conducted by the Affordable Composites from Renewable Sources (ACRES) group, under the direction of Richard Wool, professor of chemical engineering, will be featured at 9 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, on the Sundance Channel.
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Paper versus plastic shopping bags
Prof. Richard Wool was quoted in a March 9 Norfolk Virginian-Pilot about paper versus plastic shopping bags.
Sifting the garbage for a green polymer
Carbon dioxide. Orange peels. Chicken feathers. Olive oil. Potato peels. E. coli bacteria. It is as if chemists have gone Dumpster diving in their hunt to make biodegradable, sustainable and renewable plastics. Most bioplastics are made from plants like corn, soy, sugar cane and switch grass, but scientists have recently turned to trash in an effort to make so-called green polymers, essentially plastics from garbage. ...
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Richard Wool: In search of green engineering solutions to global warming
Professor of Chemical Engineering Richard Wool was gratified to hear that An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary that tells the story of Al Gore’s lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change, had won two Academy Awards. Like Gore, Wool believes that we have been ignoring messages about threats to our environment for too long. “Despite what scientists have been telling us, it’s been business as usual,” he says. ...
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Biobased UD circuit board exhibited in London
A University of Delaware-built circuit board made from soybeans and chicken feathers is drawing a great deal of attention at the Science Museum in London, which will open a free exhibition featuring innovative new mobile phone technology on Wednesday, March 29. ...
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Wool develops new theory to explain interfaces
Chemical engineering Professor Richard P. Wool has published a seminal paper that documents a new approach to understanding the molecular aspects of adhesion at polymer-polymer interfaces. Appearing in a special issue of French journal Comptes Redus * , Wool's paper presents a theory that successfully unifies a large body of experimental work done on this topic. ...
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Green polymer field blossoming
The opportunities for designing polymers and developing polymerization processes that are safe, prevent pollution, and are more efficient in the use of materials and energy are enormous, judging by the breadth of topics discussed several weeks ago at a symposium on green polymer chemistry.
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USDA awards grant to develop bio-based products
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a four-year, $500,000 bio-based products grant to a University of Delaware research group working to develop advanced materials from chicken feathers and soybean oil.
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Environmentally friendly composite materials added to prestigious Materials ConneXion
A jury has unanimously accepted the addition of composite materials made from waste chicken feathers and soy resins developed at the University of Delaware to the prestigious library of the Materials ConneXion of New York and Milan. ...
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Can computers fly on the wings of a chicken?
In late June, a chemical engineer from the University of Delaware filed a patent that described a new generation of microchips. The patent proposes to replace silicon -- which has long served as the basis for microchips -- with another material. And what might this mystery component be? Chicken feathers.

Richard Wool understands that nonspecialists will find this strange. But he's used to it. Wool and his colleagues at the university's ACRES project (Affordable Composites from Renewable Sources) have been developing new uses for plant fibers, oils and resins. Using such raw materials as the humble soybean, Wool and his colleagues are designing prototypes for everything from simple adhesives to hurricane-proof roofs.
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Energy grant expands UD's composites program
Delaware could become the center of the emerging bio-based materials industry as the result of a major U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to expand research being conducted by the University of Delaware's Affordable Composites from Renewable Sources (ACRES) program, which has developed techniques to manufacture soy-based plastics.
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Polymer chains may strengthen materials
Stronger materials for aircraft, farm equipment, medical devices and consumer products may result from UD research showing how hot polymer chains coil back and snap forward, snake-like, leaving a telltale, rippling "signature" wherever plastics are joined together. ...
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UD scientists working on 'green' composites
UD scientists have developed a patent-pending technique that uses soybean oil-rather than petroleum-derived resins-to produce inexpensive, lightweight and potentially biodegradable composites for tractors, supercars, bridges and military vehicles. ...
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