IOM3 School Affiliate Scheme

The Schools Affiliate Scheme was launched in 1999 to assist with the teaching of materials, minerals and mining topics in the secondary school curriculum, and to promote materials science, technology and engineering as potential careers. The institute attends other events such as those organised by The Association for Science Education and UCAS.

Rubbery material for purifying hydrogen

Researchers at the University of Texas, USA, have developed a rubbery material that can purify hydrogen efficiently in its most usable form for fuel cells and oil refining. The membrane material has been used to successfully separate hydrogen from carbon dioxide and other contaminant gases, and could also replace an expensive step in petrochemical processing.

Self-supporting scaffolds for biomedical applications

Researchers at University College London and Queen Mary, University of London have developed a technique for electrospinning self-supporting scaffolds from polymeric fibres using electrohydrodynamic jet assembly. Biological applications are considered because of the biocompatability of the matieral and its ability to act as a scaffold for cell growth, in creating structures ranging from nanometres to millimeters.

Third annual Manufuture Conference

The third annual Manufuture conference was held as part of the UK Presidency of the European Union. Key stakeholders in R&D were able to raise their concerns about the strategic research agenda for manufacturing currently being developed by the European industry and research community.

Polypropylene fibres reinforce soil at green verges or overflow car parks

The UK's Transport Research Laboratory is studying the use of polypropylene fibres to reinforce soil manufactured from secondary aggregates in the form of sandstone quarry surplus, together with green waste compost, as a sustainable alternative to concrete and bitumen for green verges or overflow car parks. Concrete and bitumen rely on primary aggregates, are resource intensive and aesthetically displeasing for areas that experience only occasional traffic.