• Neil May (right) discusses the merits of natural materials with the Prince of Wales

    Natural selection – profile of Neil May

    Clay Technology magazine
    The UK construction industry has come to a halt, and it has nothing to do with the economy, argues Neil May, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Natural Building Technologies, UK. He says a lack of investment and training has allowed the sector to stagnate, but natural materials may hold the key to a brighter future.
  • Ceramic bowl

    Low carbon dining

    Clay Technology magazine
    As the industry faces pressure over high energy use in production, ceramic manufacturer, Dudson, UK, has responded with what it claims to be green ceramic tableware in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Barcode is water transferred onto ceramic sanitaryware

    Smart coding sanitaryware

    Clay Technology magazine
    An advanced high temperature barcoding system that can be easily applied to sanitaryware could significantly reduce manufacturing waste, says ceramic manufacturer Xerital Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
  • The material absorbing crack energy

    Ceramics toughen up

    Clay Technology magazine
    A building material that could lead to less brittle, crack resistant, ceramics has been developed by researchers at The University of Manchester, UK, after observing the properties and behaviour of nacre, which compromises calcium carbonate and proteins.
  • Top 10 papers for materials science and engineering journals freely available online

    Maney Publishing
    Top 10 papers for journals within the materials science and engineering collection are freely available online in 2010. The collections represent the best articles published in the journal over the last five years, with some of which receiving a publication award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The top 10 were selected for their presentation of outstanding new research and valuable reviews of the field. Articles are available for free through individual journal websites, or at the Maney Material Science & Engineering Spotlight.
  • Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) launch, December 2009

    Energy Materials Group
    The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) led by the University of Sheffield with Rolls-Royce and supported by the University of Manchester will be based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sheffield.
  • 2010 Davidge Medal: call for entries

    Maney Publishing
    Call for entries now open for the 2010 Davidge Medal; an annual prize for the best literature review by a PhD student on an innovative topic in ceramics. It commemorates the distinguished contributions to the science and application of ceramics made by the late Roger Davidge (1936 -97). The Medal is open to postgraduates studying for a materials science and engineering related qualification at any academic institution worldwide. Initial submissions are due by Friday 30 April 2010 .
  • New award for young architects

    The Institute is sponsoring a prize within the President's Medals co-ordinated by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
  • Call for papers for Materials Congress

    Materials Congress 2010 – Materials for Extreme Environments and Times is inviting papers until 31 March. To be held from 20-23 September in Kuala Lumpur, the technical programme will explore materials and processes that can meet industry and society demand.
  • Refining refractory materials

    Materials World magazine
    Improving the oxidation resistance of carbon-containing refractory bricks and the wettability of castables is the focus of research at the University of Sheffield, UK. This could enhance furnace lining life and performance to benefit the metallurgical processing industries.