New NGO for disaster waste management

An NGO to address disaster waste is being established by Martin Bjerregaard, a consultant at Golder Associates. The idea grew from his work in areas such as Banda Aceh, Pakistan and New Orleans. The group will work with local governments to ensure waste management is integrated from day one of the recovery process.

Novel and conductive properties of new ceramic material

Researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, UK, have been studying the properties of an unusual ceramic. The material is an oxide of manganese and has been found to conduct electricity only in certain directions, offering the potential for new designs for electronic devices.

Metallurgy training at the Atomic Weapons Establishment

Due to a shortage in trained metallurgists, the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Reading, UK, is now recruiting personnel with qualifications in materials science, materials engineering and chemistry who will be trained through its in-house programme. New recruits will receive practical training that requires a fundamental understanding of basic metallurgical principles.

PowdermatriX network expands

The PowdermatriX Faraday Partnership, a node of the Materials KTN, has built an effective network of over 200 organisations for particulate engineering in three years. While focused on the advanced ceramic, powder metal, hard metal and magnetics industries, the network has attracted a wider range of sectors including pharmaceuticals and food. Stuart MacLachlan reports on its success.

Institute's Annual Review 2005

The Institute's Annual Review for 2005 can now be viewed. It contains a summary of the Institute’s activities over the year, together with financial statements.