• Exposed wires coated in the PATCH solution

    PATCHwork for frayed wires

    Materials World magazine
    A cheap but effective polymeric coating to repair damaged aircraft wires and prevent them from sparking and causing an explosion is available, says a chemist at the University of Dayton Research Institute, USA.
  • Nominations sought for Institute’s Medals and Prizes

    IOM3
    The Institute’s Medals and Prizes 2009 are open for nominations. The deadline for all entries is 19 December 2008.
  • Materials awards seek entrants

    IOM3
    Four materials-related prizes, organised by the Federation of European Materials Societies, are open for nominations.
  • Dr Pete Twigg examines some bone prepared to trial the hydrogel

    Crosslinking for cartilage repair

    Materials World magazine
    A hydrogel with a 'unique' crosslinker could improve cartilage repair. This will enhance the lives of people suffering from medical joint problems such as osteoarthritis.
  • Superhydrophobic films to protect solar cells

    Materials World magazine
    A water barrier film that is reportedly 1,000 times more effective than other technologies on the market has been developed by researchers at the Institute of Materials Reseach and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore. By using metal nanoparticles suspended in a monomer solvent, sensitive devices like organic light emitting diodes and solar cells could be protected from moisture damage.
  • PVC 2008 conference promotes good science

    The Polymer Society
    Over 450 delegates participated in the PVC 2008 conference which was again organised by IOM Communications via the PVC Committee of The Polymer Society. The three-day conference in Brighton brought together 70 papers spread over nine themes including markets, sustainability, polymerisation and processing technology.
  • Materials mapping seeks your views

    IOM3
    The Royal Society of Chemistry is conducting an online materials mapping exercise.
  • Final programme available for Materials Congress

    IOM3
    A full listing of presentations is now available for Materials Congress, which is being held from 13-15 May in Grantham, UK. The technical symposia and masterclasses incorporate an exciting array of speakers representing a vast array of sectors.
  • Junior Euromat 2008

    IOM3
    Junior Euromat 2008, a four-day informal poster conference, will be held at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, from 14-18 July.
  • Speedy solutions for broadband

    Materials World magazine
    Broadband speed in households could be increased by replacing copper wires with plastic optical fibres, according to the results of an EU-sponsored research project. The initiative, Paving the Optical Future with Lightning-Fast Links, has focused on making polymethyl methacrylate cost effective and capable of high data capacity for transmission, improving on glass optical fibres.

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