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Winter 2006: Society for Adhesion and Adhesives/BASA One Day Symposium on 'Avoiding Failure with Adhesives and Sealants'

A full report on the Society for Adhesion and Adhesives one-day symposium on Avoiding Failure with Adhesives and Sealants.

Prizes available for published work

Acta, a non-profit organisation of which IOM3 is a cooperating society, has established the Student Award.

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.

Biomimetic coating for electric transmission

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), USA, are developing a coating, based on the water repelling, microscale surface structures and nanoscale waxy protrusions of the lotus leaf. It is hoped that the technology may be used to help conserve energy in electric transmission systems, by creating a self-clean insulator surface to prevent leaking, currents, dry band arcing and flashover.

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.

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