Shardell Joseph

Sequins made from wood could be bio-based alternative in fashion

Materials World magazine
Wood can be turned into glittering sequins, as demonstrated by the Bio Iridescent Sequin project. Shardell Joseph writes.

An insight into timber in construction and regulation following the Barking blaze

Materials World magazine
A fire that engulfed a block of flats in London has brought timber under scrutiny. Shardell Joseph looks into timber in construction, regulations and the impact of misconceptions.

UK search for ‘straw-ternatives’ after plastic straw ban for 2020

Materials World magazine
The UK will be banning its use of plastic straws by 2020, sparking debate on potential alternatives and their viability for replacing single-use straws. Shardell Joseph investigates.

Urbach Tower in Germany constructed with self-shaping wood

Materials World magazine
A 14m-tall tower has been constructed in Germany using curved wood components that have been self-shaped. Shardell Joseph reports.

The University of Sheffield joins European 3D printing consortium

Materials World magazine
The University of Sheffield has joined a €17mln European project to enhance the 3D printing industry and its capabilities. Shardell Joseph finds out more.

Smart materials made in minutes using eco-friendly acoustic technique

Materials World magazine
An eco-friendly technique that can produce metal-organic frameworks in minutes has been demonstrated by using sound waves to manipulate atoms. Shardell Joseph finds out more.

RECOUP releases report on plastic recycling and effects on local authorities

Materials World magazine
A report finds that local authorities are struggling with the knock-on effects of post-consumer plastic bans. Shardell Joseph finds out more.

Paper stickers demonstrate better alternative for testing food than swabs

Materials World magazine
Paper stickers prove to be more effective than swabs for monitoring pathogens in food production. Shardell Joseph reports.

Carbon-fibre composite frame braided for very light rail

Materials World magazine
A braided composite frame is one of several components created as an initiative for a new, lightweight, low-cost rail system in Coventry. Shardell Joseph reports.

Investigation into Barking blaze that destroys 20 flats

Materials World magazine
An investigation has been launched into the fire that broke out in East London, UK, yesterday after a block flats went up in flames in minutes. Residents living in the Barking Riverside Estate said they been complaining for years about the wood cladding and its potential fire risks.

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