• 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.
  • Edinburgh Academy hosts SMART.mat workshop

    Edinburgh Academy hosted a SMART.mat, the ‘smart’ technology group within the Materials KTN, workshop in late June.
  • Carbon nanotube array

    Creating longer nanotubes

    Attempts to grow carbon nanotubes have had limited success. However researchers from the Universiy of Cincinnati in the USA, claim to have used a novel composite catalyst made of alternating layers of metal and ceramics, to grow the world's longest array of aligned carbon nanotubes carbon nanotubes that have high mechanical, electrical and optical properties.
  • Materials engineers and polymer scientists sought for case studies

    Materials engineers and polymer scientists are invited to take part in case studies to be used in educational literature.
  • Natural fibre-based packaging

    Nanoclays modified with crustacean shells

    Scientists at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, have modified nanoclays with molecules from the shells of crustaceans and dispensed them in natural polymers, such as starch, to create natural fibre-based packaging a viable alternative to petroleum based-polymers. The research is part of the four-year European Sustainpack project bringing together packaging research associations, academia and industry from 13 European countries. The scheme, which is due to end in 2008, aims to encourage widespread use of biopolymers, paper and board for packaging.
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    Materials Resource Centre opens

    MADE, the materials and design node of the Materials KTN, has opened a Materials Resource Centre in central London.
  • New 'extralibral' composite 'stiffer than diamond'

    Researchers have created a new ‘extralibral' composite made from molten tin and the barium titanate mineral that may replace diamond as the world's stiffest material.
  • MADE magazine

    MADE design magazine launched

    A new magazine, MADE, has been launched for the UK’s design and materials communities.
  • Materials for a Modern World report published

    Materials UK has published a report entitled 'What's the Future Made Of? Materials for a Modern World'.

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