Discarded silicon is being used in place of carbon/graphite or tin-based compounds to create flexible components for rechargeable lithium-ion (Li) batteries. The project could lead to inexpensive batteries that conform to any shape
A team of researchers involving the University of Manchester and Lancaster University have produced a ‘graphene roadmap’, which suggests that it might be used to revolutionise a diverse range of things, from broadband connections to anti-cancer drugs
As materials go, it is often the more exotic or the difficult to obtain that generate wider interest, whether it is due to their intrinsic rarity value or for their scarcity amongst the general population.
Britain needs to produce up to 50% more science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) graduates if it is to cease its slide down the international innovation league tables, according to a recent report
Malaysia has maintained steady growth while many other countries have struggled. Nevertheless, exports have been affected by dwindling demand. Eoin Redahan looks at how the country is using materials R&D to go from regional player to global economic force.