£50 million of funding for research and development projects

A DTI competition for funding will distribute £50 million to collaborative research and development projects.

Cars, components and composites – special edition Institute journal

The automotive sector has a dedicated special issue in the international journal Plastics, Rubber and Composites.

Postgraduate Literature Review competition

Postgraduate students wishing to enter the Institute's Literature Review Prize should submit extended abstracts by 15 November 2006.

Fire-resistant ceramic polymer

Ceram Polymerik have commercialised a material that sheds its outer layer, changing from a polymer to a more fire-resistant ceramic with life saving potential. It is hoped the material which cromprises of a polymer matrix, minerals, inorganic fluxing components and functional additives, can be used in future passive fire protection products.

Morphing metals

New metallic shape-changing structures research at the University of Cambridge offer the potential for roll-up laptops and keyboards. The aim of these morphing capabilities is to impart extra functionality without the need for additional parts, such as hinges or locks, or sophisticated manufacturing. The process is based on manipulating stress within a flat sheet of beryllium copper using forming tools.