New carrier for drug administration

Successful tests on a new carrier for drug administration have been announced. New porous crystalline nanomaterials were developed last year by researchers at Institut Lavoisier, Université de Versailles, France. They hope to tailor the pore shapes and sizes for individual pharmaceuticals to determine the desired dosage.

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.

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.

Improved test method for intumescent steel coatings

International Fire Consultants Ltd’s 3D interpolation method offers an improved technique to determine the performance of intumescent coatings used for heat insulation on steel structures.

Powerful spectroscopic microscope examines atomic scale

Imperial College London, UK, has purchased the FEI Titan 80-300, one of the most powerful microscopes in the world. The monochromated microscope allows scientists to analyse materials on the atomic scale and enables spectroscopy with excellent energy resolution.