• Healing bandages

    Materials World magazine
    Alternative cotton dressings for diabetic wounds and burn injuries could aid the healing process by releasing an agent to promote new blood vessel formation.
  • Enhancing silicon’s strength

    Materials World magazine
    Tiny silicon structures can be made stronger and more deformable than previously thought possible, with potential for making smaller and more robust sensors in smartphones.
  • IOM3 on inclusivity

    The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) prides itself on valuing inclusivity and stands in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the fight against racism, especially in the light of the shocking events in the USA and subsequent protests.
  • A nasal swab sample is mixed with liquid containing gold nanoparticles attached to a molecule which binds to the virus. If positive, the nanoparticles turn the solution blue and a precipitate forms. If negative, it remains purple.

    Rapid Covid-19 Test uses nanoparticle technique

    IOM3 Content Cafe
    Nanotechnology provides visual detection of virus in 10 minutes.
  • Patent of the month – Intellectual property for R&D

    Materials World magazine
    Rayyan Mughal, of Marks & Clerk Law LLP, looks at what you need to consider when working in international R&D teams, collaborations and university spin-out companies.
  • Artist impression of a satellite breaking in space causing space debris. Credit: ESA

    New UK funding to combat space debris

    IOM3 Content Cafe
    New UK government funding is on offer for innovative solutions to tackle potentially hazardous space debris.
  • Shape-shifting carbon fibre composite

    Materials World magazine
    A new solid-state carbon fibre composite is said to be capable of changing form with the help of electronic impulses.
  • LEDs for 3D metal printing

    Materials World magazine
    Selective LED-based melting is the new technology being put forward for 3D metal printing to reduce production times for components for fuel cell or medical technology.
  • EOIR applications.

    DASA awards £2.3mln for novel sensor technology

    IOM3 Content Cafe
    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has awarded 13 contracts worth a total of £2.3 million to develop improved Electro-Optics and Infrared (EOIR) sensor capability. EOIR sensors are a key military capability used for surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, threat warning, target detection and more.
  • Younger Members’ Committee changing its name

    IOM3 Student & Early Career Committee (SECC)
    The Institute and its committees are always working to ensure that we stay in line with the ever-changing demands of today’s world. An area of improvement that has been identified is what is defined as ‘young’ in either academia or industry, in today’s world. Consequently, the YMC has reviewed its name and Terms of Reference to address the needs of those members no longer defined by age limits.