• 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.
  • Plart display

    Exploring non-destructive techniques to conserve plastic artefacts

    Materials World magazine
    Plart – a museum dedicated to researching non-destructive testing for the restoration and conservation of plastic artefacts – opened on 25 January 2008 in Naples, Italy. The aim is to set up a characterisation and conservation protocol specific thermosetting plastics and thermoplastics. Polyurethane, PVC and cellulose acetate and nitrate materials are recognised as the most difficult materials to conserve from degradation.
  • water droplets on wood surface

    Making wood fibres water-resistant and conductive

    Materials World magazine
    An environmentally friendly method for introducing hydrophobic propeties and electrical conductivity to wood fibres has been developed by researchers in Finland. This could find use in packaging, composite and paper applications.
  • Cleaner coatings for food cans

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Exploring cleaner barrier coatings for metal cans that inhibit chemical migration into food.
  • Cheaper materials for solar cells

    Materials World magazine
    One of the UK's largest photovoltaic solar energy research projects, PV-21, is investigating a replacement for the rare and expensive indium used in the conductors and semiconductors of solar cells.
  • A single bundle of electrospun submicron polycaprolactone fibres. The team at The University of Manchester believes the material could aid regeneration in tendons.

    Electrospinning biomaterials for tendon repair

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists at The University of Manchester, UK, are investigating the use of electrospun polycaprolactone nanofibres to regenerate damaged tendons. Because the bundle of fibres replicates the morphology of tendon tissue, researchers envisage that the synthetic structure will perform the mechanical function of the tendon while it repairs itself, as well as act as a temporary scaffold to promote cell migration and new tissue formation.