Review of the London Materials Society Schools Event held on 9 March 2006

The event at The Wallace Collection was attended by 32 students and four teachers. The collection bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, widow of Sir Richard Wallace, in 1897 is one of the finest and largest collections of works of art presented to any nation by a private individual. The collection holds furniture, sculpture, porcelain and paintings especially 17th and 18th century French paintings as well as a famous collection of European and Oriental armour.

Third annual Manufuture Conference

The third annual Manufuture conference was held as part of the UK Presidency of the European Union. Key stakeholders in R&D were able to raise their concerns about the strategic research agenda for manufacturing currently being developed by the European industry and research community.

Seminar on modern packaging design with anti-counterfeiting techniques

The seminar, organised by the Midland societies of IOP: The Packaging Society, and held in March 2006 in Derby, UK, will examine issues and solutions concerning brand and product piracy. Topics covered will include incorporating RFID into packaging and smart labels, and smart inks and other novel laser-activated security solutions.

SMART.mat - the UK's Smart Materials, Surfaces and Structures Network

SMART.mat is a node of the materials KTN that implement information and outreach activities to allow the business community to become better informed about the benefits of using smart materials and to facilitate the development of new products and applications. The aim is to bring industry and academia closer and to foster joint projects and collaborations.

Rubbery material for purifying hydrogen

Researchers at the University of Texas, USA, have developed a rubbery material that can purify hydrogen efficiently in its most usable form for fuel cells and oil refining. The membrane material has been used to successfully separate hydrogen from carbon dioxide and other contaminant gases, and could also replace an expensive step in petrochemical processing.