Idha Valeur

Kirigami-inspired shoe coating for better surface grip

Materials World magazine
Inspired by the Japanese papercutting technique, Kirigami, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, have created a coating for shoe soles to improve grip on potentially dangerous surfaces such as icy roads.

Smart textiles monitor health on a large scale

Materials World magazine
By measuring deformations in fabric across large surfaces, smart textiles could feed back health and safety-related data. Idha Valeur finds out more.

A sodium battery that can withstand hundreds of charging cycles

Materials World magazine
One of the first prototypes using sodium in batteries that can be charged hundreds of times is being unveiled. Idha Valeur asks how it was done.

Hot stuff – record melting point for ceramics

Materials World magazine
Scientists in Russia claim to have created the most heat-resistant ceramic material. Idha Valeur catches up with them.

Chemical recycling of bioplastics yields new product

Materials World magazine
Breaking down polylactic acid into a new product may be easier through chemical recycling. Idha Valeur catches up with the researchers.

Biomedical device for health monitoring is powered by sweat

Materials World magazine
An electronic skin powered by sweat offers a new mode for tracking health at molecular levels. Idha Valeur reports.

Creating high-performance plastic with water only

Materials World magazine
Two additional types of organic high-performance polymers may now be produced with hot water. Idha Valeur reports.

Cleaning water using steam

Materials World magazine
A solar-powered steam generator made from natural materials could make it easier and more affordable to purify and desalinate water in undeveloped rural areas. Idha Valeur asks how it works.

3D printing army parts on demand with a new filament

Materials World magazine
A new multi-polymer filament could mean that military components are printable when and where they are needed. Idha Valeur reports.

How post-water treatment steel slag can strengthen concrete

Materials World magazine
Steel slag used to treat wastewater can increase concrete’s strength. Idha Valeur finds out how.

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