Keith Allen (left) receives the Wake Memorial Medal from Dave Dixon (Euradh, Glasgow, 2002)

Professor Keith Allen - Obituaries

Keith had reached the grand old age of 81 and was well known to the global adhesive community; especially with his links to the original series of international conferences on adhesion and adhesives: originally held at The City University, London and latterly at Oxford Brookes University. Keith was also one of the 'founding fathers' of what is now the Society for Adhesion and Adhesives (SAA). Professor Allan Hutchinson of Oxford Brookes University writes a brief appreciation of the scientific side of Keith's life and the Newbury Weekly News looks at the other aspects of Keith's very full and varied life.

EPSRC funding available for collaborative research

The EPSRC and National Science Foundation are offering materials research grants for collaborative projects between US bodies and their counterparts abroad.

2008 Institute Awards and Prizes open for nominations

The 2008 Institute Awards and Prizes are open for nominations.

On site learning for packaging professionals

A limited number of places are available on the IOP Diploma in Packaging Technology course.
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.