• 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

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

    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

    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.
  • New look at titanium dioxide extraction

    Materials World magazine
    A simpler, cheaper and greener method of extracting higher yields of white titanium dioxide powder from mineral ore has been developed, as a result of research conducted at the University of Leeds, UK.
  • Overview of programme for Materials Congress 2008

    An 'at a glance' programme for Materials Congress 2008, to be held on 13-15 May 2008 in Grantham, can be downloaded for a quick and easy overview of all the sessions taking place.
  • Low pressure for gas storage

    Materials World magazine
    Using the crystal barium organotrisulfonate, researchers at the University of Calgary, Canada, have created molecular valves that can help trap and store gases at high densities without the need for high pressures. The could lead to a safer and more efficient means of storing carbon dioxide or hydrogen for environmentally friendly vehicles.
  • Unlocking uranium’s chemistry

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists at the University of Edinburgh, UK, have taken the most common form of uranium, uranyl dication (UO22+), found in the natural environment and nuclear waste, and converted the chemically un-reactive compound into a reactive molecule. The team believes this could improve understanding of nuclear materials and waste, and the ability to handle them.