• Postgraduate Literature Review competition

    IOM3
    Postgraduate students wishing to enter the Institute's Literature Review Prize should submit extended abstracts by 15 November 2006.
  • New carrier for drug administration

    Materials World magazine
    Successful tests on a new carrier for drug administration have been announced. New porous crystalline nanomaterials were developed last year by researchers at Institut Lavoisier, Université de Versailles, France. They hope to tailor the pore shapes and sizes for individual pharmaceuticals to determine the desired dosage.
  • Morphing metals

    Materials World magazine
    New metallic shape-changing structures research at the University of Cambridge offer the potential for roll-up laptops and keyboards. The aim of these morphing capabilities is to impart extra functionality without the need for additional parts, such as hinges or locks, or sophisticated manufacturing. The process is based on manipulating stress within a flat sheet of beryllium copper using forming tools.
  • Powerful spectroscopic microscope examines atomic scale

    Materials World magazine
    Imperial College London, UK, has purchased the FEI Titan 80-300, one of the most powerful microscopes in the world. The monochromated microscope allows scientists to analyse materials on the atomic scale and enables spectroscopy with excellent energy resolution.
  • Smart Materials, Structures and Surfaces Network

    Materials World magazine
    SMART.mat (the Smart Materials, Structures and Surfaces Network) brings together a consortium comprising of the IOM3, QinetiQ and NAMTEC to increase awareness and take up of smart materials and technologies by UK businesses.
  • Competition for young engineers

    IOM3
    A poster competition for young engineers is being held at the House of Commons on 12 December 2006.
  • Hi-tech sail and mast system

    Materials World magazine
    The Maltese Falcon is a new state-of-the-art clipper yacht that combines fibre optical sensing with the world’s largest free-standing composite carbon fibre mast. Rupal Mehta reports.
  • Intelligent clothing with smart materials

    Materials World magazine
    The How Smart Are We? conference held on 15 September 2006 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, UK, and highlighted some of the technology and functionality needed for successful marketing of smart materials in textiles.
  • 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.

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