• Young Persons’ Lecture Competition 2008

    Heats of the 2008 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition have started.
  • Microwave-based technique recycles medium density fibre (MDF)

    Nviro Cleantech Ltd, based in London, UK, plans to start commercial trials in 2008 for a microwave-based technique to recycle medium density fibre (MDF). No viable commercial system for recovering and recycling these wood fibres into a reusable form currently exists.
  • Launch of the British Composites Society

    The Composites Division of IOM3 is set to re-launch as the British Composites Society.
  • Electronic paper displays from photonic crystals

    P-Ink, a technology that employs photonic crystals and the light reflected between them to create flexible electronic-paper displays with improved colour and resolution, has been created by Opalux, a company based in Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 Institute Awards and Prizes open for nominations

    The 2008 Institute Awards and Prizes are open for nominations.
  • Clay nanoparticles enhance latex emulsion paints

    Polymeric latex emulsion paints can be made more hardwearing and fire resistant by incorporating clay nanoparticles, according to research conducted at the University of Warwick, UK. These paints are applied as waterborne and automotive coatings, or as a binding material in cement, mortar, asphalt, carpet and paper.
  • Compound composite challenges

    A EUREKA SURFAS project made up of French and Swiss researchers seeks to address the problems surrounding the use of sheet moulding compound (SMC) composites in automotives. The material could reduce the car's weight and decrease carbon emissions but their use has been limited due to cracks and blisters appearing on the surface of components.
  • Materials and Design Exchange at the London Design Festival

    The Materials and Design Exchange (MADE) will have a major presence at the 2007 London Design Festival.
  • Optical fibres for crack detection in composites

    Optical fibres may one day aid crack detection in composite structures, says Jasson Gryzagoridis a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Exsisting non-destructive techniques are not entirely effective.
  • Porous carbons

    Characterising porous carbons

    Quantachrome Instruments, based in Boynton Beach, Florida, USA, has launched a novel pore size calculation tool for porous carbons and activated carbon fibres. The quenched solid density functional theory is designed to take into account surface roughness and chemical hetrogenity and could be used for energy storage, supercapacitors, carbon dioxide capture and sequestration and gas seperation.