Drying out - saving energy in brick drying

Analysis of green bricks in a tunnel dryer shows that a substantial amount of energy is lost during the process. Dr Ebru Mancuhan from Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, outlines the causes.
Hand making of a hip tile. DIGNUS Tile Works, Madeley 1938

Through the ages - brick and tile production in the north of England

The dominant industry in northern England over the past 300 years has been brick and tiles production. Formerly an employee of a local clay manufacturer, Gordon Howle gives an insight into clay production history in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Finding the X factor - X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Manufacturing materials consistently to identical standards is becoming more feasible. Tim Nunney and Richard White, from global research company Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc, outline the uses of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
Rock sample with vanadium coating

Variable vanadium

Michael Forrest reports on the increasing popularity of this ductile transition metal.
Production drilling in underground oil shale mine, Estonia

Recovery mission - the search for new sources of oil

The search for new sources of oil is ongoing and Estonia is the current area of interest. Michael Forrest talks to Andreas Orth, Vice-President for Energy, at Outotec, Germany, about oil shale.