• Are small businesses benefiting from increased credit availability?

    IOM3
    The ability of small businesses to borrow money is a key to economic growth, particularly in manufacturing and engineering. Government plans are in place to increase lending to businesses, but it is being questioned whether greater credit availability is actually allowing companies to borrow more.
  • Institute's Special and Publication Awards

    IOM3
    Winners of the IOM3 2011 Special and Publication Awards were presented with their medals and prizes at an Awards Lunch at the Institute's London office
  • Using cobalt nanostructures to create magnetic materials could lead to improvements in the development of memory storage devices in phones, computers and data strips on debit and credit cards.

    Stabilising magnetic materials

    Materials World magazine
    Magnetic materials can be made using block copolymers to create nanostructures at low temperatures, say scientists at the University of Massachusetts, USA.
  • Announcing the AkzoNobel UK Science Award 2012

    Materials Chemistry Committee
    We would like to draw your attention to a prestigious new award to recognise outstanding contributions to research in chemistry and materials science, the £50,000 AkzoNobel UK Science Award.
  • Penetrated Fibre Metal Laminate

    Photography competition to capture the essence of materials in Defence, Safety or Security

    Defence, Safety and Security Committee
    The IOM3 Defence Safety and Security Committee (DSSC) announce their 2nd photographic competition. The committee continues the search for the best photographs to help promote the activity of the DSSC to both members and the general public.
  • View Institute events online on IOM3 TV

    IOM3
    The Institute’s latest online service is IOM3 TV, a facility to deliver video presentations from IOM3 events and lectures via a web-based auditorium.
  • Image courtesy of Dae-Hyeong Kim

    Stretchable electronics in surgery

    Materials World magazine
    Intimate integration of high quality flexible electronics onto medical devices for cardiac procedures is the focus for a team of scientists and electrical engineers at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, USA.
  • Holography creates an illusion of 3D by capturing an image from several angles

    From sci-fi to the supermarket - 3D holograms

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Scientists in the USA have developed a material that can be used for full-colour display of holographic images, with implications for interactive packaging.
  • Non-transparent film with copper as an electrode. Image courtesy of University of Bolton, UK

    Flexible approach to energy harvesting

    Materials World magazine
    Flexible fibres and films with piezoelectric and photovoltaic properties can now harvest natural energy for use in various electrical components, say UK-based researchers. This is said to be the first time that a hybrid photovoltaic-piezoelectric polymer fibre capable of being woven into a fabric has been developed.
  • MST part special issue on Electrospun nanofibres and electrospun nanoporous materials

    Maney Publishing
    The November issue of the Institute journal Materials Science and Technology ( MST ) focuses on ‘Electrospun nanofibres and electrospun nanoporous materials: reality, potential and challenges’ through a selection of articles and reviews that report on the promising development of nanotechnology in the area of electrospinning. The issue provides an overview of the considerable efforts on the development of new methods for the production of nanofibres in the past decade, and the challenges that still remain. Members of the Institute enjoy free access to this issue and all of the Institute’s refereed journals.

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