Simon Frost

Sunlight, Kinetograph, Action!

This month in history, Thomas Edison opened the world’s first film studio. Simon Frost writes, Ashley Cooper illustrates.

Material of the month: carbon fibre composite

Simon Frost charts the history of the favoured materials in applications where strength, stiffness and low weight are key.

Camborne homing in on heavy rare earths

Examinations of an unusual carbonatite deposit in Malawi could help mining companies track down heavy rare earth elements.

Materials World’s 25th Volume

To celebrate the first issue of our 25th volume, we catch up with previous editors of MW, and look back at three stories from the very first issue to examine how they compare to the news of today.

From biogas to bioplastics

A Finnish research institute is developing a way to make small-scale conversion of biogas to plastics and proteins viable

This month in history: the Chunnel breakthrough

26 years ago, British and French engineers met 100 metres beneath the English Channel. Simon Frost writes, Ashley Cooper illustrates.

Researchers make plastic from pulp

Researchers have found a way to turn a waste product of the pulp industry into a bio-based plastic, Simon Frost reports.

Ovenable packaging fit for 220°C

TCL Packaging develops record high-temperature ovenable pouch

Call for Innovate UK to support the materials industry

Following the Materials Catapult proposal, Innovate UK has recognised the economic value of materials but requires further evidence that a Catapult is the answer.

IET survey finds employers dissatisfied with engineering graduates

A survey of engineering and technology employers suggests a disconnect between university courses and needs of industry. Simon Frost looks at the report’s findings, and what one university is doing to remedy the problem.

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