• 2008 Institute Awards and Prizes open for nominations

    The 2008 Institute Awards and Prizes are open for nominations.
  • Clay nanoparticles enhance latex emulsion paints

    Materials World magazine
    Polymeric latex emulsion paints can be made more hardwearing and fire resistant by incorporating clay nanoparticles, according to research conducted at the University of Warwick, UK. These paints are applied as waterborne and automotive coatings, or as a binding material in cement, mortar, asphalt, carpet and paper.
  • Compound composite challenges

    Materials World magazine
    A EUREKA SURFAS project made up of French and Swiss researchers seeks to address the problems surrounding the use of sheet moulding compound (SMC) composites in automotives. The material could reduce the car's weight and decrease carbon emissions but their use has been limited due to cracks and blisters appearing on the surface of components.
  • Materials and Design Exchange at the London Design Festival

    The Materials and Design Exchange (MADE) will have a major presence at the 2007 London Design Festival.
  • Optical fibres for crack detection in composites

    Materials World magazine
    Optical fibres may one day aid crack detection in composite structures, says Jasson Gryzagoridis a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Exsisting non-destructive techniques are not entirely effective.
  • Porous carbons

    Characterising porous carbons

    Materials World magazine
    Quantachrome Instruments, based in Boynton Beach, Florida, USA, has launched a novel pore size calculation tool for porous carbons and activated carbon fibres. The quenched solid density functional theory is designed to take into account surface roughness and chemical hetrogenity and could be used for energy storage, supercapacitors, carbon dioxide capture and sequestration and gas seperation.
  • Edinburgh Academy hosts SMART.mat workshop

    Edinburgh Academy hosted a SMART.mat, the ‘smart’ technology group within the Materials KTN, workshop in late June.
  • Carbon nanotube array

    Creating longer nanotubes

    Materials World magazine
    Attempts to grow carbon nanotubes have had limited success. However researchers from the Universiy of Cincinnati in the USA, claim to have used a novel composite catalyst made of alternating layers of metal and ceramics, to grow the world's longest array of aligned carbon nanotubes carbon nanotubes that have high mechanical, electrical and optical properties.
  • Materials engineers and polymer scientists sought for case studies

    Materials engineers and polymer scientists are invited to take part in case studies to be used in educational literature.
  • Natural fibre-based packaging

    Nanoclays modified with crustacean shells

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Scientists at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, have modified nanoclays with molecules from the shells of crustaceans and dispensed them in natural polymers, such as starch, to create natural fibre-based packaging a viable alternative to petroleum based-polymers. The research is part of the four-year European Sustainpack project bringing together packaging research associations, academia and industry from 13 European countries. The scheme, which is due to end in 2008, aims to encourage widespread use of biopolymers, paper and board for packaging.