A ceramic connection

International company Morgan Technical Ceramics acquired Certech and Carpenter Advanced Ceramics from Carpenter Technology Corporation in a US$145m deal earlier this year, creating one of the largest technical ceramics companies in the world.

Three-year plan for UK science

The UK Science and Technology Facilities Council announced its three-year investment plan, worth nearly £2bln at a meeting on 8 July 2008 at the Royal Society, London, UK. The areas receiving financial support include the ISIS Target Station 2 and the Diamond Light Source, both located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, UK.

Tougher steels for inverse temperatures

Low-cost, ultra-high strength, low-alloy steels has been developed by researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science, in Tsukuba, Japan. The metal could be used in applications such as bolts and shafts in low-temperatures where ductile-to-brittle transitions occur. Its energy absorbing capabilities are said to be six times greater than highly-alloyed maraging steels.

Silicon solutions for transistors

Researchers at the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) at the University of Surrey, UK, have developed two thin film silicon transistors that they claim are easier and cheaper to produce than current structures, and deliver improved performance with lower operating voltages. This could lead to devices with increased electronic functions.