Katherine Williams

Bearing up — Recruitment at SKF

Successful companies need to build on their accomplishments and come up with the next generation of products. Katherine Williams spoke to Alan Begg of Swedish bearing company SKF Group about his experience as a materials scientist and recruiter.

Aspects of aluminium - European Aluminium Award 2006

At the European Aluminium Award in 2006 an international jury met in Essen, Germany to assess entries and select winners after considering criteria on materials original and functional use, product functionality, design solutions, recyclability, durable lifecycle costing, and the representational and promotional value of aluminium.

Nosing around - electronic nose for detecting infections

E-noses analyse gas samples by passing them over an array of electrodes coated with different conducting polymers. Each electrode reacts to a particular substance by changing its electrical resistance. An e-nose has been developed at the University of Warwick, UK, to identify patients with Staphylococcus aureus infection.

Sustainable scientists - Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards

Recruitment, retention and development of high-calibre scientists is discussed with reference to the SET 2005 awards. Projects in the materials trophy judged by IOM3 were Self assembled peptide hydrogels for tissue engineering, Effect of grain refiner poisoning on intermetallic phase selection in 6XXX aluminium alloys and Superplasticity in magnesium alloys.

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