• Self-healing anti-corrosion mechanism uses encapsulated corrosion inhibitors

    A self-healing method for structural and functional materials developed by the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany, and the University of Aveiro, Portugal, combines passive barrier and active anti-corrosion mechanisms in one system. Conventional anti-corrosion silica-zirconia sol-gel film matrices are doped with ‘polyelectrolyte nanocontainers’ that release encapsulated organic corrosion inhibitors.
  • MADE magazine

    MADE design magazine launched

    A new magazine, MADE, has been launched for the UK’s design and materials communities.
  • MADE brings together materials and product design

    The Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) aims to bring together the product design and materials communities. Events organised by MaDE have covered the disposal of fire-retardant bedding materials, architecture, intelligent textiles, natural materials, advanced ceramics, auxetic materials and intelligent interfaces. A materials resource centre is being developed at IOM3's London offices.
  • Lightweight, polymeric composite for protective clothing

    A lightweight, breathable composite to protect military personnel and employees in the chemical industry has been developed by TDA Research Inc and the University of Colorado, USA, based on a combination of butyl rubber and liquid crystals. The polymer membrane obtained can be laminated onto fabrics to protect clothing against exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Manchester University wins EPSRC knowledge transfer challenge

    The University of Manchester has won the EPSRC's inaugural Knowledge Transfer Challenge award for research into advances in communication between computer systems. Other projects in the final covered wound care (Aston), electronics (Edinburgh), detection of counterfeit bank notes (Leeds) and pollution legacies of disused mines (Newcastle).
  • Stripping processes for hard-wearing coatings

    An Anglo-Spanish Eureka project involving Tecvac, Cambridge UK, has developed wet-chemical and plasma stripping processes for stripping hard-wearing non-friction coatings from the surfaces of steel, titanium alloys and hard metal tungsten carbide tools and components in sectors such as aerospace and biomedicine. But as well as ease of application, the ability to remove these layers is essential.
  • Crowning glory

    The Ballantine's hip flask, designed by French company Hot Shop and made by CROWN Speciality Packaging for Chivas Brothers, was the winner of the overall Supreme Gold Award and Gold Award at the Best in Metal Awards, showcasing achievements in metal packaging.
  • Light-activated anti-viral nanocoating

    A light-activated anti-viral nanocoating for antimicrobial textiles has been developed. This novel coating stems from extensive research on nanotechnology and aims to modify the surface of polymers and fibres to reduce infections in hospitals.
  • Microwave curing of composites

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, Germany, have developed a microwave technique to cure large fibre-reinforced plastic composites components used in the shipbuilding, construction and energy industries. The approach could serve as an alternative to manual-lamination or die-casting methods, enabling polymer resins to be heated volumetrically in a more contolled process.
  • Morphing metals

    New metallic shape-changing structures research at the University of Cambridge offer the potential for roll-up laptops and keyboards. The aim of these morphing capabilities is to impart extra functionality without the need for additional parts, such as hinges or locks, or sophisticated manufacturing. The process is based on manipulating stress within a flat sheet of beryllium copper using forming tools.