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    Inorganic fillers for silicone rubber

    Materials World magazine
    By comparing inorganic fillers such as quartz, aluminium silicate and vulkasil, researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran, have discovered a way to improve the mechanical properties of silicone rubber (SR).
  • Nanoengineered superconductors

    Materials World magazine
    Artificially nanoengineered pinning centres have been introduced to high temperature superconducting (HTS) thin films to increase their critical current density by up to three times that of the standard 1.5 Tesla.
  • Model behaviour of ceramic and intermetallic alloys

    Materials World magazine
    Physical modelling to bridge the knowledge gaps between the atomistic and macroscopic levels of intermetallic alloys and ceramic coatings is under development.
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    Food for thought - active and intelligent packaging

    Packaging Professional magazine
    The EU adopted a regulation this year governing active and intelligent materials and products that come into contact with food. Dr Alistair Irvine, Principal Consultant in Food Packaging Safety at Pira International, in Leatherhead, UK, welcomes the move.
  • A printed electronic substrate

    Low-cost printing of electronics

    Packaging Professional magazine
    A UK printed media firm claims to have developed a low-cost way of applying electronic circuitry to packaging, which could turn an ordinary carton into an interactive game. The technique uses existing high-volume printing processes, such as screen, offset and flexography, to pattern metallic conductive tracks onto substrates.
  • Guests travel from afar to attend awards dinner

    On 22 October new Fellows, special and publication award winners and their guests gathered for the Institute's Special and Publications Awards dinner.
  • Simulating solutions – nanotransistors

    Materials World magazine
    Computer models that simulate silicon chip production are helping manufacturers develop next generation transistors at 32 and 22nm nodes and beyond.The simulations look at flash annealing of doped silicon, as well as new materials, such as silicon-germanium alloys, and novel structures, such as strained silicon.
  • Fluid-structure relations

    Materials World magazine
    A novel computational approach could improve understanding of how fluids interact with solid structures such as turbine blades or aeroplanes. This would help engineers eliminate catastrophic mechanical failure caused by unstable contact.
  • Charging up batteries with algae

    Materials World magazine
    A charge time and capacity record for organic and non–toxic batteries has been set by using algae, claim researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden. The work opens up possibilities for producing environmentally friendly, cost efficient, up-scalable and lightweight energy storage systems.
  • carbon nanotubes

    Self-healing circuits

    Materials World magazine
    Capsules placed on circuit boards that contain suspensions of conductive carbon nanotubes could make burnt out electronics a thing of the past. The shells are being designed to erode under conditions of high electrical potential, temperature spikes, mechanical damage or other appropriate stimuli.