The Royal Society’s materials efficiency conference, held in London, UK, on 31 January, took stock of world material usage and highlighted in sobering fashion the lack of cohesive progress made towards true sustainability.
The global financial crisis is affecting supply and driving up prices, claimed speakers at the fourth Living with Minerals conference in London, UK. Michael Forrest finds out what is shaping UK policy.
Researchers in the Republic of Korea have overcome the obstacles in current methods of fabricating metal nanodot arrays with dot sizes of less than 100nm, which have applications in solar panels and data storage.
A collaborative group of scientists at Bath, Birmingham and Warwick universities are looking into new solid electrolytes that work at temperatures of ~500-700ºC, spurring growing interest in new apatite-type silicates and germanates.