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Award winner Sara Bellini

Winner of the Design Innovation in Plastics Award

A personal bag hook has won the Design Innovation in Plastics Award, a competition co-organised by IOM3 and the Worshipful Company of Horners.

UK Packaging Summit and Starpack Award

The UK Packaging Summit and Starpack Awards 2008 combine a cutting edge event with the traditional Starpack Awards and Annual Packaging Dinner.

Materials Literature Review Prize winner

This year’s Materials Literature Review Prize has been awarded to Yi Zhang, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge.

Edinburgh Academy hosts SMART.mat workshop

Edinburgh Academy hosted a SMART.mat, the ‘smart’ technology group within the Materials KTN, workshop in late June.
Polystyrene nanosphere dyes

Polystyrene nanospheres replace toxic dyes to produce structural colours

With increasing concerns about the use of traditional dyes on the environment, materials that use polysytene nanospheres rather than toxic dyes to produce colour have been the subject of research by scientists at the University of Southampton, UK. The sphere size controls the wavelength which light is reflected and scattered from the film, offering new possibilities for structural colours. The materials have already attracted the interest of Unilever, Kodak, Merck and Degussa for applications ranging from packaging to automotives.

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