The blame game - BP and the Gulf of Mexico disaster

In my inaugural column (Materials World, June 2010), I wrote how inaccurately much of the media reported the events on the Deepwater
Purple fluorspar in core

On the critical list - fluorspar

Fluorspar is a vital commodity. Michael Forrest talks to Pat Cheetham, Executive Chairman of Tertiary Minerals, in Macclesfield, UK, about the firm’s bid to reduce Europe’s dependence on Chinese exports.
Ammleach at Leon showing mobilisation of the copper within the ore and redeposition onto the surface

Copper solution - extraction from high alkali deposits

Determined to reduce levels of acid consumption, Alexander Mining plc, based in London, UK, has developed a new technique for extracting copper from high alkali deposits.
Koenigsegg Agera

Braking the mould - braking systems using waste carbon fibre

A programme to extend the life of braking systems using waste carbon fibre in reinforced ceramic composites has come to an end. Dr Houzheng Wu, Senior Lecturer in materials from Loughborough University, UK, outlines the improvements made.

Casting is considered - UK Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Liquid Metal Engineering

The UK casting industry has received a boost with the foundation of a facility to develop the field. Dr Ian Stone, at Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK, reports