Materials World - all features 2014

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16 Dec 2014

This month's guest columnist is Barry Wills, who argues the case for froth flotation

1 Dec 2014

Anna Ploszajski investigates the properties of wire

1 Dec 2014

Natalie Daniels takes a look at the improvements being made in the field

1 Dec 2014

A look at Shell’s plans to retrofit Peterhead Power Station with carbon capture technology

1 Dec 2014

Jemma Pilcher discusses the advances in designing a sustainable recycling platform for the biopolymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate.

1 Dec 2014

Dr Mark Everard, author, scientist and broadcaster, argues that good intentions could derail the sustainable journey

1 Dec 2014

Chris Norris explains work on conducting a global recovered carbon black benchmarking programme to improve conventional carbon blacks.

1 Dec 2014

Anita Parbhakar-Fox argues that new approaches to predicting the outflow of acidic water from mines are needed to reduce the significant management costs of this environmental hazard.

1 Dec 2014

Michael Schwartz focuses on the varied trends of Pacific seabed mining

1 Dec 2014

Catherine Joce, looks at a new business model for materials use.

1 Dec 2014

More miners should start using advanced geological modelling techniques. Guy Richards reports.

10 Nov 2014

Michael Schwartz takes a look at the country’s re-emerging mining industry

10 Nov 2014

Using airships to fly personnel and equipment into mining projects has its attractions. Guy Richards reports

6 Nov 2014

A look at the tools advancing research in the field

6 Nov 2014

Professor Tom Blenkinsop offers an insight into diamond drilling and its role in future exploration projects

6 Nov 2014

Dr Tony Hart discusses how nickel is helping to prevent interference in electronic devices

6 Nov 2014

Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Professor Peter Dobson about his career in nanotechnology

6 Nov 2014

Giancarlo Capaccio explores the razor revolution

6 Nov 2014

Professor Graham Hillier talks research, innovation and commercialisation

4 Nov 2014

We meet the new Dean of Engineering at London Southbank University

4 Nov 2014

Advice on how to build a CV that opens all the right doors

3 Nov 2014

This month, Anna Ploszajski discovers the history behind the miracle fibre

3 Nov 2014

Discover how companies are improving process efficiency

3 Nov 2014

Mark Godden shares his opinion on mining regulations

14 Oct 2014

Key facts and figures from the Crossrail sustainability report 2013–14

14 Oct 2014

Fred Starr recollects...

13 Oct 2014

Nick Grealy shares his opinions on shale gas and the future of the energy industry

13 Oct 2014

Guy Richards reports on the impact of climate change for the mining industry

13 Oct 2014

The progression of product through testing and inspection

13 Oct 2014

Charlton Hawley and Paul Crowther on their efforts to develop a low-carbon concrete sleeper

13 Oct 2014

Mike Wilson discusses the challenges facing technology innovation in the subsea industry

13 Oct 2014

This month, Anna Ploszajski reveals the history of titanium

13 Oct 2014

Peter Wilson discusses timber engineering and construction

13 Oct 2014

Leon Arkesteijn, Product Manager at Bosch Packaging Technology, reveals the advances made in MAP technologies

13 Oct 2014

An insight into the biggest infrastructure projects being undertaken across the world

4 Sep 2014

Ghana has a lot to offer the mining sector, but investors need to know their industry before looking to set up projects there

4 Sep 2014

Most noted for its copper reserves, Chile is on the map for mining other minerals, too

4 Sep 2014

Professor Bernard Kelly speaks to Rhiannon Garth Jones about the future of nuclear decommissioning and UK policy 

4 Sep 2014

Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to three employees of EDF Energy about its plans for four new nuclear reactors in the UK 

3 Sep 2014

Top tips and pitfalls to avoid in the world of networking 

3 Sep 2014

Juliet Upton tells us about the Royal Society’s Vision Report

3 Sep 2014

Recent technical developments that enhance the quality of existing products

2 Sep 2014

Tim Probert explores the development of small modular reactors

1 Sep 2014

Anna Ploszajski unveils the history of asbestos

5 Aug 2014

Anna Ploszajski delves into the ancient world to uncover the history of bronze

5 Aug 2014

The latest in sports technology and innovation from the Sheffield-based event

5 Aug 2014

Materials advances are pushing fashion forward, but sustainable production methods remain a concern

4 Aug 2014

What makes the 2014 Brazuca ball so special?

4 Aug 2014

Rhiannon Garth Jones looks into the progress being made in the field of analysis and microscopy

4 Aug 2014

Are we close to commercial-scale landfill mining?

4 Aug 2014

What is holding back CCS technologies?

4 Aug 2014

The brains behind the Human Performance Lab in Salford, UK

4 Aug 2014

Numbers from the world of sport

1 Aug 2014

The material and designs that make golf slightly less difficult

1 Aug 2014

Fred Starr waxes lyrical about Swiss invention, the North Sea Gas masterpiece and petty squabbles

1 Aug 2014

Richard Dewhirst, of Limehurst Consulting, looks at changing attitudes in commodities

1 Jul 2014

The wooden floating home sitting on Hampshire’s Beaulieu River

1 Jul 2014

Corrugated board packaging for sea shipped goods is improving, with energy efficiency in mind

1 Jul 2014

The oil and gas industry is finding repair solutions in 3D printing. Rachel Lawler talks to Dr Paul Goodwin about the latest offshore drilling R&D

1 Jul 2014

The challenges facing one of the world’s biggest new offshore gas finds

1 Jul 2014

How part-time working could benefit employers as well as employees

1 Jul 2014

An engineering entrepreneur and an academic share their stories

1 Jul 2014

The African country’s ninth successive year of economic growth owes much to its gold mining industry. Michael Schwartz reports

1 Jul 2014

Recent advances in thermal processing

1 Jul 2014

The history of fibre optics

1 Jul 2014

Albion Stone’s Mine and Quarry Manager considers the future of the Mines Rescue Service

1 Jul 2014

Polycrystalline diamond R&D is extending the life of offshore drilling tools in the oil and gas sector

12 Jun 2014

Enhancing the quality of existing products – the latest technology

12 Jun 2014

Ed Pickering from the University of Cambridge reflects on current research into applications of steel

12 Jun 2014

Social credentials, company reputation and community trust need developing early in the timeline for any mining project

12 Jun 2014

The properties and uses of silver

12 Jun 2014

Exciting projects in UKTI’s recent report, Delivering Global Mining Solutions

12 Jun 2014

Increased ethane production from the US shale gas boom has is shaking up the global chemicals and plastics markets. Melanie Rutherford looks at the implications for bioplastics, and packaging and engineering applications

12 Jun 2014

What should mining companies be doing regarding cyber security in the face of unprecedented attention from hackers, Guy Richards finds out

11 Jun 2014

Yvonne Armitage on the pros and cons of using biological resources for the production and processing of materials

11 Jun 2014

The eminent metallurgist talks about his 40-year career in the automotive and aerospace industries

11 Jun 2014

The materials and engineering behind the UK’s new large space propulsion engine – Kingston University’s Dr Adam Baker talks rocket science

10 Jun 2014

The Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine’s journey from conception to reality

10 Jun 2014

Roland Dennison explains the design and testing behind the British engineered vehicle aiming to set a new world land speed record

10 Jun 2014

How the EU aerospace sector is benefiting from materials fatigue testing techniques

10 Jun 2014

Would HS2 gain more supporters if it could be seen to be groundbreaking in some technological way that might spin off elsewhere? Geoff Snape thinks so

9 Jun 2014

Fred discusses diesel cars and their unintended consequences

7 May 2014

The history, production and applications of PVC are examined by Rhiannon Garth Jones

7 May 2014

Rhiannon Garth Jones looks at developments in production technology.

7 May 2014

The mining equipment market is predicted to bounce back from global recession, according to new mining industry research, Guy Richards reports

7 May 2014

Resources, security and risk of world phosphate deposits are examined by researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada

7 May 2014

The Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN’s Technology Translator talks frankly on the challenges and growth of the UK solar industry

7 May 2014

Rhiannon Garth Jones picks out the most important facts and figures from BP’s fourth Outlook report.

1 May 2014

Do you remember having so-called balloon debates at school?

29 Apr 2014

Energy storage technology is being boosted by funding from the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change. Tim Probert examines the three large-scale grid storage projects

29 Apr 2014

Changing professional sector can be daunting, but George Stewart has made a success of it – Melanie Rutherford finds out how

29 Apr 2014

Rachel Lawler speaks to materials science student and IOM3 intern Daniel Stevens

29 Apr 2014

Rachel Lawler speaks to two engineers who have recently made huge changes to their career

29 Apr 2014

Thin-film solar photovoltaics research at the Low Carbon Research Institute, UK, is making green energy more affordable

2 Apr 2014

Fred Starr considers the work of Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine

2 Apr 2014

Michael Harris, Technical Director at Rio Tinto Business Development, examines this complex and controversial issue

2 Apr 2014

Andy Thompson, Vice President at Hatch Mott MacDonald, talks to Rhiannon Garth Jones about his career in the mining and tunnelling industries.

2 Apr 2014

Molten deposit damage to gas turbine engine coatings poses a continuous challenge to the aerospace industry. Ngunjoh Ndamka of Cranfield University, UK, explains a new technique to assess the mechanisms and severity of damage to improve engine efficiency

2 Apr 2014

Rachel Lawler takes a look at the latest developments in surface engineering technologies

2 Apr 2014

It is one of the oldest materials still in use, but is paper on the wane?

2 Apr 2014

With hexavalent chromium recently placed on the REACH list of restricted substances, the aerospace industry is searching for replacement materials for surface treatments. David Rickerby of Rolls-Royce, UK, explains how a new project is addressing the issue.

1 Mar 2014

A guide for scientists and engineers working on their CVs

1 Mar 2014

Recent advances in analysis and microscopy

1 Mar 2014

John Ford, Principle Consultant at Health and Safety Engineering Consultants, discusses his career in mining and the current state of the industry

1 Mar 2014

Increasing global use of renewables means green energy storage is a growing focus for industry. Melanie Rutherford talks to Scott Eldridge of American Vanadium Corp about the Canadian mining company’s Gibillini vanadium project in Nevada, USA, which could transform the US power grid.

1 Mar 2014

Worldwide demand for zinc is set to soar in the next few years. As many zinc mines reach the end of their life, miners are being spurred on to find and exploit new deposits. Guy Richards reports.

1 Mar 2014

Long-term catheterisation causes significant damage and infection – not surprising considering the current Foley catheter design was developed more than 50 years ago. Professor Roger Feneley asks, can the biomaterials sector help improve quality of life for an ageing population?

1 Mar 2014

Sue Dunkerton, Associate Director at TWI, UK, and Director at HealthTech and Medicines KTN, tells Melanie Rutherford how biomedical materials advances are helping to address the challenges facing the healthcare industry.

1 Mar 2014

A round-up of the current state of biomaterials for healthcare, and some current biomedical innovations

1 Mar 2014

Rachel Lawler speaks to Nick Gerrell, Principal Consultant at UK
automotive and engineering recruitment firm Gerrell and Hard, about
writing the best possible CV

1 Mar 2014

In less than 80 years, nylon has become a material so commonplace,
and with applications so widespread, that it touches our lives with
unbelievable frequency, diversity and significance

1 Feb 2014

Product innovation, market expansion and customer service in the heat treatment industry

1 Feb 2014

Guy Richards discusses new regulations for the seabed mining industry

1 Feb 2014

As the political debate continues, independent oilfield chemistry consultant Dr Henry Craddock looks at some of the chemical issues surrounding shale gas fracking in the UK.

1 Feb 2014

Controlled-source electromagnetic mapping is increasingly being used to de-risk offshore oil and gas prospects. Melanie Rutherford learns from Fred Gyllenhammar and Alastair Murray of Stavanger Petroleum Ltd, UK, how CSEM technology is being used alongside seismic interpretation for appraisal of its North Sea gas discoveries

1 Feb 2014

Dr Chris Coggins of the Wood Protection Association discusses changes to wood preservation legislation

1 Feb 2014

Manufacture of man-made insulation materials often results in high carbon emissions. Rachel Lawler evaluates some less energy intensive, natural alternatives offering a lower carbon footprint

1 Feb 2014

They make plastic bottles out of plants, protect delicate goods with wool packaging and use rubber to make more elastic plastic. So, what is it like working with natural materials? Eoin Redahan asks the professionals.

1 Feb 2014

Natural materials such as coir, palm oil and hemp are increasingly finding use in high-performance composites. Rachel Lawler reports on their applications in the construction and biomedical industries

1 Feb 2014

Are 30-storey timber skyscrapers in our future? Eoin Redahan speaks to Michael Green, the Canadian architect who is looking to grow these buildings through the Finding the Forest Through the Trees construction process

2 Jan 2014

Guy Richards considers the EC’s plan for a sustainable supply of raw materials, and how member countries can benefit

2 Jan 2014

Automated systems could increase safety and productivity in the mining industry, Melanie Rutherford finds out more

2 Jan 2014

Saudi Arabia is diversifying its economy, explains Clive Hopewell, of Charles Russell LLP

2 Jan 2014

Rachel Lawler considers how alternative career paths could help professionals continue their development in difficult circumstances

2 Jan 2014

Rhiannon Garth Jones investigates a novel building material that could change the construction industry’s carbon credentials

2 Jan 2014

Simon Hay, CEO of the Brick Development Association, explains the Clay Bricks and Clay Blocks Resource Efficiency Action Plan

2 Jan 2014

Melanie Rutherford talks to the Minister of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change about the future of the UK’s energy mix

2 Jan 2014

Dr Sujata Kundu - Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London and self-confessed material girl loves talking science

2 Jan 2014

Review into the
provision of engineering skills in the UK economy by Professor John Perkins, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department
for Business, Innovation and Skills

2 Jan 2014

New technology leads to higher quality products

2 Jan 2014

Materials engineers need a public voice says Michelle Dickinson - who may just be the woman for the job

2 Jan 2014

Saqlain Ali speaks to Eoin Redahan about the UK’s vitreous enamel industry