• Materials for a Modern World report published

    IOM3
    Materials UK has published a report entitled 'What's the Future Made Of? Materials for a Modern World'.
  • Nominations sought for 2007 Beilby Medal and Prize

    IOM3
    Nominations are invited for the 2007 Beilby Medal and Prize.
  • Microwave curing of composites

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, Germany, have developed a microwave technique to cure large fibre-reinforced plastic composites components used in the shipbuilding, construction and energy industries. The approach could serve as an alternative to manual-lamination or die-casting methods, enabling polymer resins to be heated volumetrically in a more contolled process.
  • Biomimetic coating for electric transmission

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), USA, are developing a coating, based on the water repelling, microscale surface structures and nanoscale waxy protrusions of the lotus leaf. It is hoped that the technology may be used to help conserve energy in electric transmission systems, by creating a self-clean insulator surface to prevent leaking, currents, dry band arcing and flashover.
  • £50 million of funding for research and development projects

    IOM3
    A DTI competition for funding will distribute £50 million to collaborative research and development projects.
  • 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.
  • Uranium deal signed

    Materials World magazine
    Australia has signed a trade agreement with China for the supply of uranium, which offers the opportunity for the country to double its current export volumes. China is looking to import around 20,000 tonnes of uranium annually by 2015. A nuclear safeguards agreement was part of the deal.
  • Nanogenerators for electrical energy

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, have developed nanogenerators from zinc oxide nanowires. When the wires are bent and released, electricity is produced through the piezoelectric effect. By building an array of nanowires, enough power may be produced to power nanoscale devices.
  • Rubbery material for purifying hydrogen

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the University of Texas, USA, have developed a rubbery material that can purify hydrogen efficiently in its most usable form for fuel cells and oil refining. The membrane material has been used to successfully separate hydrogen from carbon dioxide and other contaminant gases, and could also replace an expensive step in petrochemical processing.
  • Nod to nuclear power?

    Materials World magazine
    The pros and cons of a new nuclear programme in the UK are discussed with reference to alternative renewable technologies such as photovoltaics, conventional coal- and gas-fired stations and issues relating to nuclear waste disposal.

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