Idha Valeur

Checking in on the industry’s commitment to scrap single-use plastic

Materials World magazine
Academics from the University of Surrey assess how industry-leading companies are responding to demands from the public to move away from single-use plastic and whether their pledges will result in real action in a new report. Idha Valeur finds out more.

Bristleworm chemistries inspires new materials

Materials World magazine
Inspired by the jaw of the bristle worm, researchers have created new materials for shape-memory and soft robotics. Idha Valeur finds out more.

A coating improves the lifetime for lithium batteries

Materials World magazine
A new coating may make lithium batteries safer and longer lasting. Idha Valeur reports.

Synthetic 2D materials without bulk analogues

Materials World magazine
Two-dimensional materials can be synthesised without bulk analogues using a new method developed to make 2D glass. Idha Valeur reports.

Making artificial colour-changing skin

Materials World magazine
An artificial material that mimics the colour-changing ability of cuttlefish skin has been developed as a potential camouflage. Idha Valeur finds out more.

A hotel in Chile can purify air, be antibacterial and self-cleaning

Clay Technology magazine
Ceramic panels on a Chilean hotel will purify air, as well as being antibacterial and self-cleaning. Idha Valeur reports.

Combatting respirable crystalline silica exposure in construction

Clay Technology magazine
A Lancashire-based company has been fined after exposing its employees to respirable crystalline silica. Idha Valeur looks into the issue, regulations and what measures the industry should take.

The Spanish ceramic tile industry adopts sector-wide EDP

Clay Technology magazine
The Spanish ceramic tile industry has adopted a sector-wide Environmental Product Declaration to highlight product sustainability. Idha Valeur reports.

The sleek concrete and timber mosque in Sydney

Clay Technology magazine
Australia’s Punchbowl Mosque, with an eye-catching concrete domed ceiling, is nearly complete after 20 years of work.

Engineers ask the government for policy change

Materials World magazine
An engineering manifesto has been published asking the government to invest in the UK’s future, economy and society. Idha Valeur finds out more.

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