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    Single-phase bulk solids heat management

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists at the IBM T J Watson Research Center and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, both in the USA, are exploring the optical and thermal electric properties of new composite materials that harness the properties of multiple semiconductors in one superlatice material using different nanocrystal combinations to be used in the recovery of waste heat.
  • Ifor Samuel

    Beilby Medal award winner

    IOM3
    The 2007 Beilby Medal was received by Professor Ifor Samuel for work on organic semiconductors.
  • Corrosion Management in the Power Industry: Current Problems and Future Challenges - meeting report

    Surface Engineering Division
    This was a very successful meeting, held in London in April 2007, attracting a total of 33 delegates from a wide range of UK manufacturers and utilities. The workshop included...
  • Man at computer

    Global laboratory allows remote access to materials analysis equipment

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at Imperial College, London, UK, can remotely operate the aberration-corrected electron microscope at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, while teams at Oak Ridge and the Georgia Institute of Technology can use Imperial's nuclear magnetic resonance facility. The Global Lab is part of a joint venture between Imperial, Georgia, and Oak Ridge to investigate future energy solutions.
  • Energy efficient bearings from SKF

    Materials World magazine
    Bearings from SKF, based in Sweden, use 30% less energy as a result of design innovations relating to surface topography, raceway profiles, optimised internal geometry, a special polymer cage, lower friction grease and, for tapered roller bearings, an optimised set of rollers. This will be exploited in heavy industry, wind energy and conveyors and extruders for materials processing.
  • Printed circuit boards

    Environmentally sustainable manufacture of printed circuit boards

    Materials World magazine
    The results of the Towards a Zero Discharge printed circuit board Manufacturing Plant (TAZDIS) initiative announced in March 2007. Reduced metals waste generation and lower water consumption has been achieved the prototype plant.
  • 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.

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