This month's guest columnist is Barry Wills, who argues the case for froth flotation
Materials World - all features 2014
Anna Ploszajski investigates the properties of wire
Natalie Daniels takes a look at the improvements being made in the field
A look at Shell’s plans to retrofit Peterhead Power Station with carbon capture technology
Jemma Pilcher discusses the advances in designing a sustainable recycling platform for the biopolymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate.
Dr Mark Everard, author, scientist and broadcaster, argues that good intentions could derail the sustainable journey
Chris Norris explains work on conducting a global recovered carbon black benchmarking programme to improve conventional carbon blacks.
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.
Michael Schwartz focuses on the varied trends of Pacific seabed mining
Catherine Joce, looks at a new business model for materials use.
More miners should start using advanced geological modelling techniques. Guy Richards reports.
Michael Schwartz takes a look at the country’s re-emerging mining industry
Using airships to fly personnel and equipment into mining projects has its attractions. Guy Richards reports
A look at the tools advancing research in the field
Professor Tom Blenkinsop offers an insight into diamond drilling and its role in future exploration projects
Dr Tony Hart discusses how nickel is helping to prevent interference in electronic devices
Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Professor Peter Dobson about his career in nanotechnology
Giancarlo Capaccio explores the razor revolution
Professor Graham Hillier talks research, innovation and commercialisation
We meet the new Dean of Engineering at London Southbank University
Advice on how to build a CV that opens all the right doors
This month, Anna Ploszajski discovers the history behind the miracle fibre
Discover how companies are improving process efficiency
Mark Godden shares his opinion on mining regulations
Key facts and figures from the Crossrail sustainability report 2013–14
Nick Grealy shares his opinions on shale gas and the future of the energy industry
Guy Richards reports on the impact of climate change for the mining industry
The progression of product through testing and inspection
Charlton Hawley and Paul Crowther on their efforts to develop a low-carbon concrete sleeper
Mike Wilson discusses the challenges facing technology innovation in the subsea industry
This month, Anna Ploszajski reveals the history of titanium
Peter Wilson discusses timber engineering and construction
Leon Arkesteijn, Product Manager at Bosch Packaging Technology, reveals the advances made in MAP technologies
An insight into the biggest infrastructure projects being undertaken across the world
Ghana has a lot to offer the mining sector, but investors need to know their industry before looking to set up projects there
Most noted for its copper reserves, Chile is on the map for mining other minerals, too
Professor Bernard Kelly speaks to Rhiannon Garth Jones about the future of nuclear decommissioning and UK policy
Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to three employees of EDF Energy about its plans for four new nuclear reactors in the UK
Juliet Upton tells us about the Royal Society’s Vision Report
Recent technical developments that enhance the quality of existing products
Tim Probert explores the development of small modular reactors
Anna Ploszajski unveils the history of asbestos
Anna Ploszajski delves into the ancient world to uncover the history of bronze
The latest in sports technology and innovation from the Sheffield-based event
Materials advances are pushing fashion forward, but sustainable production methods remain a concern
Rhiannon Garth Jones looks into the progress being made in the field of analysis and microscopy
What is holding back CCS technologies?
The brains behind the Human Performance Lab in Salford, UK
The material and designs that make golf slightly less difficult
Fred Starr waxes lyrical about Swiss invention, the North Sea Gas masterpiece and petty squabbles
Richard Dewhirst, of Limehurst Consulting, looks at changing attitudes in commodities
Corrugated board packaging for sea shipped goods is improving, with energy efficiency in mind
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
The challenges facing one of the world’s biggest new offshore gas finds
How part-time working could benefit employers as well as employees
An engineering entrepreneur and an academic share their stories
The African country’s ninth successive year of economic growth owes much to its gold mining industry. Michael Schwartz reports
Albion Stone’s Mine and Quarry Manager considers the future of the Mines Rescue Service
Polycrystalline diamond R&D is extending the life of offshore drilling tools in the oil and gas sector
Enhancing the quality of existing products – the latest technology
Ed Pickering from the University of Cambridge reflects on current research into applications of steel
Social credentials, company reputation and community trust need developing early in the timeline for any mining project
Exciting projects in UKTI’s recent report, Delivering Global Mining Solutions
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
What should mining companies be doing regarding cyber security in the face of unprecedented attention from hackers, Guy Richards finds out
Yvonne Armitage on the pros and cons of using biological resources for the production and processing of materials
The eminent metallurgist talks about his 40-year career in the automotive and aerospace industries
The materials and engineering behind the UK’s new large space propulsion engine – Kingston University’s Dr Adam Baker talks rocket science
The Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine’s journey from conception to reality
Roland Dennison explains the design and testing behind the British engineered vehicle aiming to set a new world land speed record
How the EU aerospace sector is benefiting from materials fatigue testing techniques
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
Fred discusses diesel cars and their unintended consequences
The history, production and applications of PVC are examined by Rhiannon Garth Jones
Rhiannon Garth Jones looks at developments in production technology.
The mining equipment market is predicted to bounce back from global recession, according to new mining industry research, Guy Richards reports
Resources, security and risk of world phosphate deposits are examined by researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada
The Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN’s Technology Translator talks frankly on the challenges and growth of the UK solar industry
Rhiannon Garth Jones picks out the most important facts and figures from BP’s fourth Outlook report.
Do you remember having so-called balloon debates at school?
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
Changing professional sector can be daunting, but George Stewart has made a success of it – Melanie Rutherford finds out how
Rachel Lawler speaks to materials science student and IOM3 intern Daniel Stevens
Rachel Lawler speaks to two engineers who have recently made huge changes to their career
Thin-film solar photovoltaics research at the Low Carbon Research Institute, UK, is making green energy more affordable
Fred Starr considers the work of Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine
Michael Harris, Technical Director at Rio Tinto Business Development, examines this complex and controversial issue
Andy Thompson, Vice President at Hatch Mott MacDonald, talks to Rhiannon Garth Jones about his career in the mining and tunnelling industries.
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
Rachel Lawler takes a look at the latest developments in surface engineering technologies
It is one of the oldest materials still in use, but is paper on the wane?
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.
John Ford, Principle Consultant at Health and Safety Engineering Consultants, discusses his career in mining and the current state of the industry
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.
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.
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?
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.
A round-up of the current state of biomaterials for healthcare, and some current biomedical innovations
Rachel Lawler speaks to Nick Gerrell, Principal Consultant at UK
automotive and engineering recruitment firm Gerrell and Hard, about
writing the best possible CV
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
Product innovation, market expansion and customer service in the heat treatment industry
Guy Richards discusses new regulations for the seabed mining industry
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.
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
Dr Chris Coggins of the Wood Protection Association discusses changes to wood preservation legislation
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
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.
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
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
Guy Richards considers the EC’s plan for a sustainable supply of raw materials, and how member countries can benefit
Automated systems could increase safety and productivity in the mining industry, Melanie Rutherford finds out more
Saudi Arabia is diversifying its economy, explains Clive Hopewell, of Charles Russell LLP
Rachel Lawler considers how alternative career paths could help professionals continue their development in difficult circumstances
Rhiannon Garth Jones investigates a novel building material that could change the construction industry’s carbon credentials
Simon Hay, CEO of the Brick Development Association, explains the Clay Bricks and Clay Blocks Resource Efficiency Action Plan
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
Dr Sujata Kundu - Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London and self-confessed material girl loves talking science
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
New technology leads to higher quality products
Materials engineers need a public voice says Michelle Dickinson - who may just be the woman for the job