• The hydroxyapatite and beta-tricalcium phosphate blend five days after being seeded with the MG-63 human osteosarcoma cell line. The material shows good colonisation, with the cell morphology and structure intact

    Algae for bone grafts

    Materials World magazine
    Synthetic bone fillers derived from mineralised marine red algae could transform grafting procedures for broken bones, according to scientists at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.
  • Manchester polymer chemistry students seek work placements

    The Polymer Society
    Students at Manchester Metropolitan University studying chemistry with modules on polymers are seeking work placements.
  • shopping cart with plastic products

    Recycling thermosetting plastics

    Materials World magazine
    Thermoset plastics that can be remoulded and recycled several times over when heated to about 100ºC are possible, claim researchers in The Netherlands.
  • IOM3 2009 Award and Prize winners announced

    The recipients of the 2009 Institute Awards and Prizes have been decided. The premier award winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on 7 July.
  • Special issue on developments in superalloys

    Materials Science & Technology Division
    The February 2009 issue of Materials Science and Technology contains the proceedings of the symposium on Developments in superallys held in memory of the late Professor Malcolm McLean.
  • Ionic liquids for carbon capture

    Materials World magazine
    Ionic liquids could boost the efficiency of removing impurities from natural gas and have potential for capturing carbon from coal-fired plants, say researchers at a US university spin-out company.
  • Jet engine – image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

    Creep prediction to extend jet engine life

    Materials World magazine
    UK scientists have developed a computer model that is said to make more accurate predictions of creep within turbine blades. The software accounts for microstructural behaviour in nickel superalloys.
  • Student bursaries available for Energy from Waste and Biomass

    Bursary places are available for four students wishing to attend Energy from Waste and Biomass , a one day conference orgnaised by IOM3 taking place in London on 11 March 2009. This event is part of National Science and Engineering Week.
  • A spherical loudspeaker made from the largely sulphur-free Arboform

    Natural fibre bioplastics become largely sulphur-free

    Materials World magazine
    A hemp or flax-based bioplastic that uses 90% less sulphur has made the material suitable for consumer goods such as toys and electronics, say researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Pfinztal, Germany. At the end-of-life, the plastic can be broken down and re-pelletised.
  • Smart nanostructures to make chemical reactors more energy efficient

    Materials World magazine
    Nanostructured materials, tailored to respond to various stimuli, may form the basis of more energy efficient chemical reactors by regulating reactions, momentum, and heat and mass transfer inside the plants. A consortium of three UK universities, Leeds, Bath and Glasgow, is in the early stages of developing this nanotechnology from molecular metal oxides and polymers.