Idha Valeur

Low carbon building material using bacteria

Materials World magazine
A material that can heal itself and reproduce has been engineered to offer a low-carbon option for the construction industry. Idha Valeur finds out how it works.

Making accelerator technology at a miniature size

Materials World magazine
Particle accelerator technology has been created to fit on a small chip, making it more accessible for researchers. Idha Valeur finds out more.

Reducing CO2 emissions in trucks with a new capture system

Materials World magazine
A system to capture CO 2 emissions directly from truck exhausts could reduce road pollution simply and significantly. Idha Valeur finds out more.

A new polymer could reduce explosions in electrical batteries

Materials World magazine
A new polymer could prevent the overheating that can lead to explosions in batteries. Idha Valeur finds out how it works.

Cadbury trials paper packaging for chocolate bar

Materials World magazine
A recyclable paper wrapper is being trialled for Cadbury’s Energy bar but do consumers have a taste for it? Idha Valeur reports.

Eliminating mercury-use in artisanal gold mining

Materials World magazine
A new process could help artisanal miners leach gold without using mercury, but can it work? Idha Valeur reports.

UK supermarkets give insight into plastic plans in Green Alliance report

Materials World magazine
Green Alliance reveals information on what the UK grocery industry is doing about plastic and the potential pitfalls of using alternatives. Idha Valeur reports.

Laboratory studies of earthquakes easier with soft materials

Materials World magazine
Studying earthquakes in a laboratory has become easier after researchers found soft materials that behave similarly under stress. Idha Valeur reports.

Q&A with Natalie Desty from STEM Returners

STEM Returners Founder and CEO, Natalie Desty, talks to Idha Valeur about setting up an organisation that helps candidates re-enter the workforce and reinvigorate their careers.

Returning to work after a career-break, where to go for help?

Re-entering the workforce after a career break can be intimidating and challenging. Several trusts, firms and companies offer advice, programmes and returnships to help people back into work. Idha Valeur talks to returnees about offered support.

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