Kathryn Allen

Funding R&D

Kathryn Allen looks at the changing environment of R&D funding.

Flat nanoscale films of copper prove impossible

Materials World magazine
A new understanding of the structure of nanocrystalline films reveals that perfectly flat copper nanoscale films cannot be formed. Kathryn Allen reports.

Hydrogel laminate may improve catheters and condoms

Materials World magazine
An MIT-developed hydrogel laminate material can be embedded with drugs and coated onto elastomer products. Kathryn Allen reports.

Materials scaling new heights

As climbing is made an Olympic sport, Kathryn Allen looks at the materials used in artificial climbing walls.

Brittle phases of steel production controlled

Materials World magazine
A newly developed processing route allows high-strength, lightweight steels to be made. Kathryn Allen reports.

60 seconds on snake robots

Materials World magazine
What are they? Snake-like robots that could be used to carry out inspection and maintenance work on the International Space Station (ISS). While the researchers are yet to determine the...

World’s first building made from hardwood CLT

Materials World magazine
First used publicly in 2013, American tulipwood cross-laminated timber has been used to build a cancer support centre in Oldham, UK.

‘Ferroelectrochemistry’ could improve transistors and printed electronics

Materials World magazine
Researchers at Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE), Sweden, have applied a thin layer of a ferroelectric material onto an electrode in organic electrochemical devices and circuits.

Q&A with Viacheslav Zyrin

Kathryn Allen talks to Viacheslav Zyrin, Associate Professor at Saint Petersburg Mining University, Russia, about the benefits of becoming chartered.

Back to school

Kathryn Allen speaks to three professionals about the benefits of further study to professional development.

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