• Programme available for 5th European Rolling Conference

    The Iron & Steel Society
    The programme for the 5th European Rolling Conference, sponsored by Siemens VAI Metal Technologies, is now available.
  • Making nanoceramic components

    Materials World magazine
    Manufacturing nanostructured ceramic components could now become more industrially viable using processing techniques developed at Loughborough University, UK.
  • The Solar+Reflectance optical head with highly sensitive detectors

    Inspecting solar cell production

    Materials World magazine
    An in-line monitoring system that is compatible with copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) and cadmium telluride solar cell production is available from LayTec, based in Berlin, Germany. The company claims the technology will accelerate development and reduce processing costs for a range of thin film deposition processes.
  • Power plant

    Capturing carbon dioxide in China

    Materials World magazine
    Preliminary geological surveys suggest there may be potential for ‘significant [onshore] storage in Chinese basins for CO2’, says Dr Mike Stephenson, Head of Science for Energy at the British Geological Survey.
  • Light emitting diode emission as a current passes through the carbon-nanotube coated cotton

    Smart cotton for biomonitoring

    Materials World magazine
    A conductive cotton yarn woven into soft fabrics could have health monitoring capabilities by acting as an intergrated sensor. The thread is coated in carbon nanotubes and is said to produce smart textiles with better flexibility, durability and mobile comfort than metal and optical fibres.
  • Student bursaries available for Energy from Waste and Biomass

    Bursary places are available for four students wishing to attend Energy from Waste and Biomass , a one day conference orgnaised by IOM3 taking place in London on 11 March 2009. This event is part of National Science and Engineering Week.
  • Improving coal gasification and synfuel production?

    Materials World magazine
    A proposal for a more energy and cost efficient coal gasification and synfuel production facility has been put forward by a team of researchers at the University of Padova in Italy. The team has suggested that combustion and gasification be carried out in separate fluidised bed reactors, with an inert solid, such as sand, transferring heat between them.
  • corn stalks

    Biogas field of dreams?

    Materials World magazine
    German researchers are building what they say is the first-ever biogas pilot plant to run entirely on agricultural waste, while achieving 30% more biogas than previous facilities. This technique could create a sustainable source of energy that does not rely on edible materials, preventing competition for food crops and land.
  • Economic crisis headlines

    Trialling times – the credit crunch

    Materials World magazine
    As the full brunt of the recession starts to take effect, Materials World talks to 18 leading members of the UK engineering and manufacturing industries to get their views about the effects of the economic climate on their sector and where future redemption may lie. To express your views on the impact of the recession, visit the Materials World forum at the link below.
  • GE Energy launches GE Energy Ecomagination Challenge

    GE Energy, a supplier of power generation and energy delivery technologies, has launched the GE Energy Ecomagination Challenge, an environment-based contest called ‘How can you make your campus greener?