Improving engineering enrolment

Endorsed by the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology, the E3 Academy aims to encourage more UK undergraduates to take up electrical and energy engineering courses by offering them corporate sponsorships.

London Metal Exchange adjusts plastics futures contracts

The UK London Metal Exchange (LME) adjusted its plastics futures contracts for polypropylene and linear low-density polyethylene on 28 April to make trading and price risk management more accessible.

Nanomaterials take on extreme environments

The HiPerNano Sector Focus Group was launched on 19 May 2008 in London, UK, at a seminar on ‘High Performance Nano-Enhanced Materials for Extreme Environments’. The Focus Group aims to define an industry-led agenda down the supply chain to steer the KTN's activities for high performance engineering.

Superhydrophobic films to protect solar cells

A water barrier film that is reportedly 1,000 times more effective than other technologies on the market has been developed by researchers at the Institute of Materials Reseach and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore. By using metal nanoparticles suspended in a monomer solvent, sensitive devices like organic light emitting diodes and solar cells could be protected from moisture damage.

Nexia offers nuclear solutions to UK energy needs

The UK National Nuclear Laboratory, to be headquartered at the Sellafield nuclear site, UK, will conduct R&D and equip the next generation of nuclear workers.