Materials World May 2017

This month, our Features Editor Natalie Daniels was lucky enough to book an interview in the busy schedule of Argentina’s National Mining Secretary, Daniel Meilán, during his brief visit to London. With a long, diverse career, including having held the same position in the 1990s, then working as an international mining consultant before returning to his post in 2016, he has an interesting and unique perspective on the mining industry and its challenges, both technical and political.    

Meilán also discussed relationships between the mining industry in Argentina and neighbouring South American countries, as well as technology transfer with countries much further afield – a reminder of how truly global the materials and mining communities are. In order of appearance, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, El Salvador, Switzerland, USA, China, Japan, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, North Korea, France, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines and Iceland all appear in this month’s Materials World.

This month’s theme is the natural world, for which the Natural Materials Group of IOM3 has duly written us the lead feature – a showcase of developments in naturally-inspired materials. Peter Wilson is back, too, this time discussing how architects are using natural materials sympathetic to their surroundings. We have also replaced the Material of the Month regular with a new series, Material Marvels, which begins with Khai Trung Le’s visit to the SS Great Britain. 

News this issue:

More power, more materials

From hot, to cold, to electricity

Automotive companies divided over Brexit

Casting back to 1856

Q&A with Daniel Meilán

60 seconds on...a silk sensor

New technologies harness solar power

Nanotubes extend perovskite life

Advanced ceramic forms super-hard window

Self-healing materials receive a boost

10 minutes with…Andrew Dunster and Jorge Corker

Wood-based water filter traps bacteria

Patent of the month: Composite orthotic support

Features this issue:

Out with the old, in with CO2

Material marvels: SS Great Britain

Bridging the skills gap

Q&A with Noel Sharkey

3D printing is here to stay