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Unipor's Coriso bricks are filled with thermal insulating rock wool

Rock wool for insulated bricks

German manufacturers have developed a brick filled with rock that has better thermal insulation properties than bricks filled with polystyrene or perlite.

Holographic sensor gets smart

A smart holographic sensor made from hydrophilic polymeric hydrogels which respond to stimuli has been developed by a spin-out company from Cambridge University, UK. It could have applications in medical and aerospace monitoring, for example, to measure the water content in aviation fuel tanks.

Tougher bonds

An adhesive bonding technology for endoscope lenses that can better withstand the fluctuating temperatures of repeated sterilisation has been developed by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research in Bremen, Germany. The technique makes use of UV light curing and heat treatment to harden the adhesives.

Low pressure for gas storage

Using the crystal barium organotrisulfonate, researchers at the University of Calgary, Canada, have created molecular valves that can help trap and store gases at high densities without the need for high pressures. The could lead to a safer and more efficient means of storing carbon dioxide or hydrogen for environmentally friendly vehicles.

Materials KTN – Second AGM

The second Annual General Meeting of the Materials KTN was held in London, UK, on 24 April 2008. Dedicated to the future of materials science and technology, 'Materials in the Space Age – A Universe of Opportunities' was the theme of the event.

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