We look at plastics made from sugarcane, milk and a range of other biomass sources.
From aircrafts and skyscrapers to smartphones and packaging, aluminium is one of the most versatile materials used today. Natalie Daniels discovers why.
Simon Frost charts the history of the favoured materials in applications where strength, stiffness and low weight are key.
Anna Ploszajski delves into the history of one of mankind’s longest used natural resources.
Ellis Davies looks at the importance of tin in history and where it stands in the modern day.
Simon Frost speaks to the forefather of a class of cage-like porous materials that hold promise for some of the most hotly sought applications in science
From the playthings of the ancient Mesoamericans to Wellington boots, car tyres to hot water bottles, natural and synthetic rubber has a rich and storied history, as Anna Ploszajski finds out
From nanotechnology to automotive components and textiles – hemp has a number of diverse applications. This month, Anna Ploszajski discovers the history behind the fibre.
From buildings and cars to music and kitchenware, this month, Anna Ploszajski looks at the recyclable plastic polycarbonate
It is a material best known for creating the highest quality fine bone china. This month, Anna Ploszajski discovers the history of porcelain