• New sports design degree

    Materials World magazine
    The London Metropolitan Polymer Centre, UK, has launched a new undergraduate degree programme in Sports Product Design, intended to give materials students the skills and knowledge to design sports products of the future.
  • Sustainable vehicle design and manufacture

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at Loughborough University’s Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Re-use/Recycling Technologies (SMART) in the UK have completed a two-year study to address the cost and design implications of recovering and recycling vehicle materials and components. This is in light of the EU End of Life Directive which came into force in 2006, and requires vehicle manufacturing to meet targets for recovery and recycling.
  • Emulating the beetle’s water harvesting capabilities

    Materials World magazine
    Research into emulating the Stenocara beetle’s water harvesting capabilities is ongoing at MIT in the USA, in order to develop a material for potential applications harvesting water, open-air microfluidic channels and controlled drug release coatings. The wings on the beetle's back are patterned with superhydrophillic bumps on a waxy superhydrophobic background.
  • First MADE event

    IOM3
    Hosted by InnovationRCA and IOM3, the second Materialise Forum on 26 September 2006 marks the start of MADE, the newly established design node of the Materials KTN.
  • Creation of design group within Materials KTN

    IOM3
    The design node of the Materials KTN was established on 4 July at the House of Lords.
  • Starpack 2006 rewards packaging innovation

    IOM3
    Packaging innovation was celebrated on the evening of 5 July at the Packaging Awards Dinner, with the presentation of the Starpack Awards 2006.
  • DTI supports materials community

    IOM3
    Margaret Hodge, Minister for Industry and Regions at the DTI, has pledged full Government support for the continuing work of Materials UK.
  • PowdermatriX network expands

    Materials World magazine
    The PowdermatriX Faraday Partnership, a node of the Materials KTN, has built an effective network of over 200 organisations for particulate engineering in three years. While focused on the advanced ceramic, powder metal, hard metal and magnetics industries, the network has attracted a wider range of sectors including pharmaceuticals and food. Stuart MacLachlan reports on its success.
  • Smart thermal barrier coatings for gas turbines

    Materials World magazine
    Southside Thermal Sciences (STS) Ltd, London, UK, plans to begin final trials of its 'smart' thermal barrier coating (TBC) for online non-destructive inspection of gas turbines used in power generation and aircraft. The coating works by embedding the ceramic surface with rare earth ions that have a phosphorescent response under excitation light and will reveal information about temperatures at the surface and subsurface of the coating, as well as erosion and changes of phase composition.
  • Innovations in plastics - the ANTEC conference

    Materials World magazine
    More than 700 technical papers were presented at the Society of Plastics Engineers' ANTEC conference, held in Charlotte, South Carolina, in early May 2006. Topics covered included nanomaterials and the modification of polyolefins.

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