• Modelling negative thermal expansion

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists have devised a model to minimise thermal expansion on a structures such as bridges and fuel cells. By having at least one component that has a different thermal expansion coefficient from the rest, researchers can display thermal expansion.
  • Corrosion Management in the Power Industry: Current Problems and Future Challenges - meeting report

    Surface Engineering Division
    This was a very successful meeting, held in London in April 2007, attracting a total of 33 delegates from a wide range of UK manufacturers and utilities. The workshop included...
  • First soluble monoclonal nanoscale molecular imprinted polymers developed

    Materials World magazine
    Through the process of living polymerisation, researchers at Cranfield University, UK, claim to have developed the first soluble monoclonal nanoscale molecular imprinted polymers (nanoMIPs) for potential application in analytical chemistry, pharmacology, crime prevention and the food industry.
  • Electrospun silicone microthreads for regenerative medicine

    Materials World magazine
    The feasibility of electrospinning technology to produce polymeric threads containing viable brain cells, has been demonstrated by researchers at University College London, UK. The creation of biologically active threads and scaffolds of living organisms may have a range of bioengineering and medical applications.
  • New form of synthetic metastable germanium

    Materials World magazine
    The new form of synthetic metastable germanium, developed at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, has a porous clathrate structure decorated with cavities, is less dense than its natural analogue and floats in its own liquid. It has the potential to emit light and can be scaled to prepare thin films for high efficiency optoelectronics applications.
  • Prizes available for published work

    IOM3
    Acta, a non-profit organisation of which IOM3 is a cooperating society, has established the Student Award.
  • Emulating the beetle’s water harvesting capabilities

    Materials World magazine
    Research into emulating the Stenocara beetle’s water harvesting capabilities is ongoing at MIT in the USA, in order to develop a material for potential applications harvesting water, open-air microfluidic channels and controlled drug release coatings. The wings on the beetle's back are patterned with superhydrophillic bumps on a waxy superhydrophobic background.
  • Nominations invited for Institute's 2007 Awards and Prizes

    IOM3
    The Institute is inviting nominations for its Awards and Prizes 2007.
  • Winners announced for IOM3 Awards and Prizes 2006

    IOM3
    The winners of the Institute's Awards and Prizes 2006 have been announced.
  • Art and Microscopy

    Materials World magazine
    The two cultures, art and science, came together at a one-day meeting entitled 'Art and Microscopy', held by the Royal Microscopical Society on 29 November 2005. Rupal Mehta explores the forms of microscopy, such as polarising light, Raman and X-ray, used in the analysis of paintings, pigment, paint sample, cross section, fingerprint, and materials characterisation.

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