Aidan Eyakuze Cost of raw materials for the plastic revolution?

Fascinating, but I wonder if a plastic future will be affordable. I might be a victim of the Peak Oil hype (that supplies will peak sometime between 2010 and 2020 and begin to decline thereafter, permanently). But if the hype is even half true, can we not expect the price of plastics, based as they are on the price of the raw material (crude oil), to increase inexorably? Unless of course plastics can be made cheaply (in both material and energy terms) from something else. Any ideas?
Posted: 7 August 2008 at 08:12

Doug Vining RE: Cost of raw materials for the plastic ...

The future of plastics lies in organic polymers, such as OLED displays and lighting, and nano-construction methods, which change the manufacturing costs substantially.
Posted: 7 August 2008 at 08:30

Wolfgang Grulke RE: RE: Cost of raw materials for the plas...

I presume organic polymers are not dependent on oil?!
Posted: 7 August 2008 at 08:53

Doug Vining Brewing Spandex

“A company called Genomatica, based in San Diego, says that it can make the key ingredient in spandex from sugar, and do so at a cost that competes with current chemical processes, which use fossil fuels. It has developed genetically engineered E. coli bacteria that excrete a chemical called 1,4-butanediol, or BDO, which is used to make a number of products, including textiles, car parts, and pharmaceuticals.”
http://www.technologyreview.com/business/22732/
Posted: 5 June 2009 at 16:33

Doug Vining Organic memory

Organic flash memory developed

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a non-volatile memory that has the same basic structure as a flash memory but is made from cheap, flexible, organic materials.

http://www.twine.com/item/12zwg7fzg-1l0/organic-flash-memory-developed
Posted: 11 January 2010 at 19:13

Doug Vining Start of the plastic computer revolution

Could this be the start of a revolution in computing design and manufacture, where the basic components are cheap, printed plastic materials?

Simple processors will be easy to fabricate compared to traditional silicon methods, and could find their way into all sorts of disposable goods, from toys to food containers.
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Posted: 25 March 2011 at 09:26

Doug Vining See-through memory chips

Imagine a day when a rolled up piece of plastic is actually a fully functioning tablet computer. That day is not so far off, thanks to new flexible transparent memory chips. When the screen is the memory as well as the screen, things just become much simpler to manufacture in an integrated fashion.
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Posted: 29 March 2012 at 17:09

Doug Vining Plastic electronics

Plastic electronics just got a whole lot more interesting. This lab demo is a flexible, pressure-sensitive and light-emitting film that could lead the way to new interfaces.
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Posted: 22 July 2013 at 11:09
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