Proskills succeeds in bid to establish National Skills Academy

Proskills has succeeded in its bid to establish a National Skills Academy (NSA) designed to deliver technical and management skills for the processing and manufacturing industries, including building products, coatings, glass, printing and extractive minerals.

Clay nanoparticles enhance latex emulsion paints

Polymeric latex emulsion paints can be made more hardwearing and fire resistant by incorporating clay nanoparticles, according to research conducted at the University of Warwick, UK. These paints are applied as waterborne and automotive coatings, or as a binding material in cement, mortar, asphalt, carpet and paper.
Schematic of the optical sensor

Super-sensitive optical chemical sensor in development

Researchers at Southampton University, UK, are developing an optical chemical sensor made from optical fibre stretched to around 400nm. They claim it can detect compounds with a sensitivity of one molecule in 10 million. This is 10 times more sensitive than other sensors available, and could be used to detect minute amounts of toxins or explosives.
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.

2007 Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition

The recent final of the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition brought together younger members from around the world to compete in Singapore. The competition took place at Nanyang Technological University on Wednesday 8 August 2007.