Kathryn Allen

Material Marvels: Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Kathryn Allen looks at the mysteries of engineering behind the dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Italy.

Q&A – Serena Best

Kathryn Allen talks to Serena Best CBE FREng FIMMM about her career and securing funding for the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials.   

Funding R&D

Kathryn Allen looks at the changing environment of R&D funding.

Flat nanoscale films of copper prove impossible

A new understanding of the structure of nanocrystalline films reveals that perfectly flat copper nanoscale films cannot be formed. Kathryn Allen reports.

Hydrogel laminate may improve catheters and condoms

An MIT-developed hydrogel laminate material can be embedded with drugs and coated onto elastomer products. Kathryn Allen reports.

Brittle phases of steel production controlled

A newly developed processing route allows high-strength, lightweight steels to be made. Kathryn Allen reports.

60 seconds on snake robots

What are they? Snake-like robots that could be used to carry out inspection and maintenance work on the International Space Station (ISS). While the researchers are yet to determine the...

World’s first building made from hardwood CLT

First used publicly in 2013, American tulipwood cross-laminated timber has been used to build a cancer support centre in Oldham, UK.

‘Ferroelectrochemistry’ could improve transistors and printed electronics

Researchers at Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE), Sweden, have applied a thin layer of a ferroelectric material onto an electrode in organic electrochemical devices and circuits.

Q&A with Viacheslav Zyrin

Kathryn Allen talks to Viacheslav Zyrin, Associate Professor at Saint Petersburg Mining University, Russia, about the benefits of becoming chartered.

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