Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

New Polymer Makes Chewing Gum Much Easier To Clean Off The Streets

Date:
July 1, 2005
Source:
University Of Bristol
Summary:
Professor Terry Cosgrove has developed a new polymer which would make chewing gum much easier to clean off the streets, thereby saving the taxpayer millions of pounds in cleaning costs. Similar techniques in controlling adhesiveness will be applied to other materials in coating surfaces in hospitals, medical devices, and for anti-graffiti paints and industrial coatings.

The appearance of Britain's pavements could be transformed thanks to a new non-stick chewing gum developed by Revolymer, winners of the University of Bristol's 30 000 New Enterprise Competition. At the University's annual Enterprise dinner last night Revolymer won the top prize beating off tough competition from seven other finalists.

Professor Terry Cosgrove has developed a new polymer which would make chewing gum much easier to clean off the streets, thereby saving the taxpayer millions of pounds in cleaning costs. Similar techniques in controlling adhesiveness will be applied to other materials in coating surfaces in hospitals, medical devices, and for anti-graffiti paints and industrial coatings.

Second Prize was won by Null Hypothesis - the journal of unlikely science, a new monthly publication that offers a unique, fresh and humorous view of science. Despite only being in the shops for a few months it has already won widespread acclaim and was called the "Private Eye of science" by the Daily Telegraph.

BbPod a sound system for the nursery that is controlled by the baby and, based on the pattern of usage is able to adapt to the baby's preferences, won the third prize. Ashley Berlin won the Undergraduate Prize for his Cargo Measurement Systems, an idea he has already built a prototype for after developing the idea during a work experience placement.

All the winners and finalists received support from the competition judges and sponsors, Business West, Deloitte, Fortis Bank, Osborne Clarke, STMicroelectronics and the Bristol SETsquared centre.

The University of Bristol's Director of Enterprise, Dr Neil Bradshaw commented: "This year's competition was the highest quality so far. We were delighted to have so many staff, postgraduates, students and alumni entering and are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors for their continued support."

In addition to the New Enterprise Competition the 250 guests at the Wills Memorial Building dinner got the chance to meet some of the early-stage technology businesses based in the University's SETsquared centre on Park Row, as well as hear presentations on two leading University-Industry research collaborations: 3C Research and ongoing work with British Energy.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas said: "Our annual Enterprise dinner showcases the full range of the University's Enterprise activities: from entrepreneurship training and support; to technology transfer and new company acceleration. I am delighted we are able to share our success with our partners from the wider business community."

The New Enterprise Competition is part of the University of Bristol's commitment to combining its excellence in research and innovation with a vibrant enterprise culture. The University is working with government, industry and other partner organisations to encourage the growth of knowledge-based businesses in the South West.

In particular, Bristol has joined forces with the universities of Bath, Southampton and Surrey to establish a unique partnership to encourage enterprise, build new businesses and work more effectively with industry. As research-intensive universities, these enterprise activities derive from their research base, although support is also available to entrepreneurs from outside of the universities. With a combined research staff of 6,400 and research budget of 266 million, the resulting contribution to the UK 'knowledge economy' is far greater than could be achieved individually. The partnership offers:

* Enterprise training and education

* Support for new businesses from within and external to the universities

* Access to innovative research that could lead to new products and processes

The New Enterprise competition is sponsored by Business West, Deloitte, Fortis Bank, Osborne Clarke, STMicroelectronics and the Bristol SETsquared centre.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University Of Bristol. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University Of Bristol. "New Polymer Makes Chewing Gum Much Easier To Clean Off The Streets." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 July 2005. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/07/050701063552.htm>.
University Of Bristol. (2005, July 1). New Polymer Makes Chewing Gum Much Easier To Clean Off The Streets. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/07/050701063552.htm
University Of Bristol. "New Polymer Makes Chewing Gum Much Easier To Clean Off The Streets." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/07/050701063552.htm (accessed August 22, 2014).

Share This




More Matter & Energy News

Friday, August 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Former TSA X-Ray Scanners Easily Tricked To Miss Weapons

Former TSA X-Ray Scanners Easily Tricked To Miss Weapons

Newsy (Aug. 21, 2014) Researchers found the scanners could be duped simply by placing a weapon off to the side of the body or encasing it under a plastic shield. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Flower Power! Dandelions Make Car Tires?

Flower Power! Dandelions Make Car Tires?

Reuters - Business Video Online (Aug. 20, 2014) Forget rolling on rubber, could car drivers soon be traveling on tires made from dandelions? Teams of scientists are racing to breed a type of the yellow flower whose taproot has a milky fluid with tire-grade rubber particles in it. As Joanna Partridge reports, global tire makers are investing millions in research into a new tire source. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Awesome New Camouflage Sheet Was Inspired By Octopus Skin

Awesome New Camouflage Sheet Was Inspired By Octopus Skin

Newsy (Aug. 19, 2014) Scientists have developed a new device that mimics the way octopuses blend in with their surroundings to hide from dangerous predators. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Researcher Testing on-Field Concussion Scanners

Researcher Testing on-Field Concussion Scanners

AP (Aug. 19, 2014) Four Texas high school football programs are trying out an experimental system designed to diagnose concussions on the field. The technology is in response to growing concern over head trauma in America's most watched sport. (Aug. 19) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins