Idha Valeur

Bamboo houses aims to solve the housing crisis in Manila slums

Materials World magazine
A modular bamboo house concept aimed at resolving the housing crisis in the Manila slums has won the RICS Cities for our Future competition. Idha Valeur reports.

Material Marvels: Nidarosdomen

Nidarosdomen is the world’s northernmost gothic cathedral, centralised in Trondheim, northern Norway. Idha Valeur takes a look at the historical cathedral, Norway’s national shrine.

The black widow's steel strength web

Materials World magazine
Understanding how black widow spiders transform proteins into fibres as strong as steel may help scientists create strong synthetic materials. Idha Valeur reports.

New process for bark utilisation

Materials World magazine
A new process for extracting tannins from softwood bark has been discovered, making it possible to use the full material. Idha Valeur reports.

World premiere of the first 3D-printed steel bridge

Materials World magazine
The world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge previously featured in Materials World has now been completed, with a digital twin, and was unveiled at Dutch Design Week. Idha Valeur reports.

Funding and the Future

Idha Valeur investigates the lay of the funding-land, the current R&D situation in the UK and what to expect with Brexit looming in the new year.

Q&A with research fellow Dr Rebecca Boston

Idha Valeur talks to Dr Rebecca Boston, research fellow, about her career and how she secured five years of funding for her research into controlling crystal growth in materials.

Innovation at the brick awards

Clay Technology takes a look at the projects shortlisted for the innovation category at the Brick Awards 2018, by the Brick Development Association.

3D-printing ligaments

Materials World magazine
Human tissue can now be made by additive manufacturing of stem cells, claim biomedical engineers in the USA.

New discoveries may better Li-ion battery design

Materials World magazine
Scientists have discovered how the lithium ions move in the battery, paving the way for improved design. Idha Valeur reports.

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