• Future Technologies, Applications and Opportunities for Light Metals - event report

    Light Metals Division
    A report on the forum organised by the Light Metals Division and Midlands Regional Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, which took place at Henry Ford College, Loughborough University, UK on 7th February 2007.
  • Graphene exists in the free state

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists have attempted to prove that a 2D gauze of carbon atoms, called graphene, can exist in the free state. The material has potential for use in the manufacturing of micromechanical switches and electronic transistors, and more immediately as a substrate to aid transmission electron microscopy.
  • The first ever liquid transistor

    Materials World magazine
    The first ever liquid transistor has been created, according to a team of researchers at the University of Cincinnati, USA. The new device can directly convert charge-related information from the liquid state into conventional electronic signals, for advances in biotechnology and flat panel displays.
  • Non-reflective coating for optical devices

    Materials World magazine
    A material that has almost the same refractive index of air has been created, by positioning low-reflective silica nanorods onto a thin film of aluminium nitrate. The result is an innovative coating that reflects virtually no light allowing researchers to potentially reduce the negative effect on the performance of optical components and devices.
  • New 'extralibral' composite 'stiffer than diamond'

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers have created a new ‘extralibral' composite made from molten tin and the barium titanate mineral that may replace diamond as the world's stiffest material.
  • Self-healing anti-corrosion mechanism uses encapsulated corrosion inhibitors

    Materials World magazine
    A self-healing method for structural and functional materials developed by the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany, and the University of Aveiro, Portugal, combines passive barrier and active anti-corrosion mechanisms in one system. Conventional anti-corrosion silica-zirconia sol-gel film matrices are doped with ‘polyelectrolyte nanocontainers’ that release encapsulated organic corrosion inhibitors.
  • MADE magazine

    MADE design magazine launched

    A new magazine, MADE, has been launched for the UK’s design and materials communities.
  • New laboratory for scintillating materials R&D

    Materials World magazine
    The laboratory at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, USA will study sensor materials that illuminate on absorption of electromagnetic or charged particle radiation. Common materials include inorganic crystals, organic plastics and liquids, and lanthanum bromide and chloride scintillators will be the focus of much of the research.
  • Butterfly

    One-step optical device manufacturing process based on replicating the photonic structures of butterfly wings

    Materials World magazine
    Material that replicates the wing scales of the blue butterfly Morpho peleides was produced by depositing layers of alumina onto the wing structure using atomic layer deposition. The coated scales were heated to crystallise the alumina and burn off the organic skeleton. Potential applications include optical wave guides and splitters.
  • Nominations sought for 2007 Beilby Medal and Prize

    Nominations are invited for the 2007 Beilby Medal and Prize.