• Top 10 papers for materials science and engineering journals freely available online

    Top 10 papers for journals within the materials science and engineering collection are freely available online in 2010. The collections represent the best articles published in the journal over the last five years, with some of which receiving a publication award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The top 10 were selected for their presentation of outstanding new research and valuable reviews of the field. Articles are available for free through individual journal websites, or at the Maney Material Science & Engineering Spotlight.
  • Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) launch, December 2009

    Energy Materials Group
    The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) led by the University of Sheffield with Rolls-Royce and supported by the University of Manchester will be based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sheffield.
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    Solar-powered eye implants

    Materials World magazine
    A solar-powered implant could give sight to the blind, according to its developers at Stanford University, USA. Miniature photovoltaic (PV) cells are being used to power a chip placed behind the retina to process light and data through the eye to the brain.
  • An example of a simulated design for the cement bracket

    At the hard-to-soft tissue interface

    Materials World magazine
    Three-dimensional printed, calcium phosphate cement brackets may improve the bond between hard and soft tissue during ligament repair.
  • Ultraporcrete developed at the Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Germany

    Going strong with foam concrete

    Materials World magazine
    Air hardened, mineral-bound foam concretes that can be produced cost effectively for load-bearing structures, are now available, say researchers at the Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Germany. Ultraporcrete is said to combine the strength, low density and good heat insulation of cellular and foam concrete, without the need for energy intensive autoclave manufacturing.
  • A schematic of the laser set-up

    Diamond takes the heat in lasers

    Materials World magazine
    A low-birefringence synthetic chemical vapour deposition (CVD) diamond could pave the way to more robust and compact lasers that operate at a wider wavelength range with high beam quality.
  • Micromechanical modelling of glass bundles in elastomers

    Materials World magazine
    A UK team is developing a micromechanical statistical model to help predict the mechanical durability of glass multifilament bundles used to reinforce elastomers.
  • 2010 Davidge Medal: call for entries

    Call for entries now open for the 2010 Davidge Medal; an annual prize for the best literature review by a PhD student on an innovative topic in ceramics. It commemorates the distinguished contributions to the science and application of ceramics made by the late Roger Davidge (1936 -97). The Medal is open to postgraduates studying for a materials science and engineering related qualification at any academic institution worldwide. Initial submissions are due by Friday 30 April 2010 .
  • David Eaves wins SWMA Lecture Competition Heat

    South Wales Materials Association
    David Eaves wins the SWMA Lecture Competitions Local Heat
  • Refining refractory materials

    Materials World magazine
    Improving the oxidation resistance of carbon-containing refractory bricks and the wettability of castables is the focus of research at the University of Sheffield, UK. This could enhance furnace lining life and performance to benefit the metallurgical processing industries.