Materials World - all features 2015

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1 Dec 2015

Florine Hiersemenzel discusses how the MTC is moving focus variation beyond the laboratory

1 Dec 2015

Liz Carter, University of Sydney, discusses the technology used at the Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility

1 Dec 2015

It is one of the best-known minerals on Earth and is fundamental in many rocks. This month, Anna Ploszajski examines the use of quartz. 

1 Dec 2015

Critical raw materials are essential for many of the technologies that enable modern life. Dr Robert Quarshie argues that it is imperative to invest in the search for alternatives, to avoid potential catastrophe.

1 Dec 2015

Can nanotechnology make desalination plants more efficient, and feasible for developing nations? James Perkins reports

 
1 Dec 2015

Steven Henley answers questions on standardising mineral reporting around the world

1 Dec 2015

Possible solutions to address the threats in mine security

1 Dec 2015

It is nano steps to better health as Rhiannon Garth Jones looks at the latest medical advances in nanotechnology

1 Dec 2015

One possible way to commercialise the material for industry use

1 Dec 2015

A look at the value of electroforming to the manufacturing sector

3 Nov 2015

Frank James recounts the tale behind the invention of the mining safety lamp

3 Nov 2015

Michael Schwartz takes a look at mining in Cambodia – a fast-growing sector popular with companies

3 Nov 2015

Sustainable timber design has economic, environmental and social benefits, as Peter Wilson explains.

3 Nov 2015

Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to leading figures in key industries about the nature of sustainability and how we can meet the challenges that lie ahead

3 Nov 2015

Guy Richards looks at improving productivity in the mining sector

3 Nov 2015

A new family of materials are hot on the heels of silicon for use in solar photovoltaics

3 Nov 2015

Geoff Snape asks why the UK is importing so much wood, when more could be grown at home.

3 Nov 2015

Get the best out of your products through mastery of materials processing

3 Nov 2015

Is the steel industry doing all it can to fight its environmental impact?

3 Nov 2015

It is the fastest growing plant on the planet and is great for the environment. What is not to love about bamboo? Anna Ploszajski investigates

3 Nov 2015

Dawn Bonfield, President of the Women’s Engineering Society talks to Natalie Daniels about inspiring young people in STEM careers

3 Nov 2015

Natalie Daniels looks at how you can continue your professional development while in work

3 Oct 2015

Since the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, research and cutting edge technology have been at the forefront of maintaining warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent

3 Oct 2015

The Chief Science and Technology Officer at the UK National Nuclear Laboratory talks about the future of nuclear energy in the UK

3 Oct 2015

Modelling methods could solve the decades-old problem of predicting the impact of a nuclear environment on materials

3 Oct 2015

In his return to Get Talking, Mark Godden laments the impact of solicitors on the working culture of Great Britain

3 Oct 2015

A framework for how the mining industry could become a recognised force for good 

3 Oct 2015

Fred Starr recollects...

3 Oct 2015

Mexico produces more silver than any other country, and has large, unexplored resources of other minerals and rare earths

3 Oct 2015

Dr Martin Kemp argues for a proper classification system to push through the hype surrounding graphene and reach its full potential

3 Oct 2015

Simulating nuclear environments can ensure the safety of a reactor. Enrique Jimenz-Melero introduces the UK’s new radiation science facility

3 Oct 2015

The UK’s oldest nuclear power plant is scheduled to finally close in December 2015. Natalie Daniels charts its decommissioning journey

3 Oct 2015

Professor Phil Picton speaks with Materials World on the UK’s only undergraduate NDT course

3 Oct 2015

This month, Anna Ploszaski takes a closer look at zeolites

3 Sep 2015

A research group in Australia are finding new ways to mine mineral resources more quickly, safely and cheaply. Guy Richards reports 

3 Sep 2015

From the loose coins in our pockets to turbine blades and rechargeable batteries, they all have one thing in common – nickel

3 Sep 2015

Ian Sharp says a long-term approach should be taken to build the symbiotic relationship between universities and industry

3 Sep 2015

Engineers for Jaguar Land Rover explain their work towards reducing the environmental impact of vehicles throughout their life-cycles

3 Sep 2015

Rhiannon Garth Jones speaks to John Blaymires about the shale gas industry and the future of this contentious resource in the UK

3 Sep 2015

Khai Trung Le looks at the current state of play for the UK’s first tidal lagoon power plant

3 Sep 2015

With ensuring quality as integral as successful business as ever, Khai Trung Le looks at the latest innovations.

3 Sep 2015

Natalie Daniels speaks to Andrew Lewis FIMMM about his career in the biomedical industry and his top tips for presenting and speaking

3 Sep 2015

Natalie Daniels offers some tips on how to present 

3 Sep 2015

James Jobling-Purser and Nigel Hewitt talk to Rhiannon Garth Jones about their precision 3D laser-scanning technology

3 Sep 2015

Dr Benjamin Tordoff discusses the Drakeland project plans and the latest mining technology in the UK

3 Sep 2015

New coal deposits in the Lublin Coal Basin may soon overtake Upper Silesia as the dominant coal resource in Poland. Sam Moorhouse explains

26 Aug 2015

Swansea University will cement its place as a world-leading research institution with a new engineering centre

4 Aug 2015

A new way of mapping ancient lava streams in the Earth’s crust could have huge implications for discovering new ore bodies. Guy Richards reports

3 Aug 2015

Cliff Fudge argues the case for the thin-joint system in buildings

3 Aug 2015

Khai Trung Le explores the latest developments in the field of analysis and microscopy

3 Aug 2015

Exciting new engineering projects abound

3 Aug 2015

Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Tanvir Qureshi about smart minerals for self-healing concrete

3 Aug 2015

Dr Richard Crockett discusses the Borders Rail project and the engineering challenges ahead

3 Aug 2015

Khai Trung Le explores the rising need for urban sustainability, and the complex balance between cities, government and the community

3 Aug 2015

The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone, the foot bone’s connected to the heel bone – you know how it goes. Anna Ploszajski explores bone.

3 Aug 2015

Fredd Starr recollects...

3 Aug 2015

Philip Gray argues the importance of the development of mineral processing technology

3 Aug 2015

Michael Schwartz considers the future of coal

3 Aug 2015

Richard Quarmby proposes an innovative method for determining how best to exploit a mineral deposit

3 Jul 2015

Mark Devey looks at the latest trends in oven cleaning cycles in the appliance industry

3 Jul 2015

Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Dr Chris O’Connor and Andrew Duncan about a new qualification to measure the quality of innovation

3 Jul 2015

Discover the role anoxic packaging plays in the world of art and history

3 Jul 2015

New research shows having more women in the top mining jobs can bring bottom-line benefit. Guy Richards reports

3 Jul 2015

Peter Wilson strips out old wood to explore new timber interiors in the market

3 Jul 2015

Anna Ploszajski looks at the metal that gives American school buses their unique yellow shade and Harley Davidson engines their flawless sheen – chromium.  

3 Jul 2015

Biobased materials are making waves in the packaging industry. Natalie Daniels reports

3 Jul 2015

Industry should prepare now for the inevitable introduction of carbon capture and storage technology, says Prem Mahi.

3 Jul 2015

Lopa Patel discusses education, STEM and her entrepreneurial career

3 Jul 2015

The path from idea to invention and then uptake is lined with obstacles. A keen follower of new technology, Geoff Snape considers why alternative fuels have not yet taken off.

 

 
3 Jul 2015

David Kirkham considers the pros and cons of apprenticeships and degrees for STEM training

3 Jul 2015

The rise of self-assembling structures – from furniture that requires no hex key, to folding robots

3 Jul 2015

How do you create a home from recycled materials? Natalie Daniels finds out

2 Jun 2015

Michael Schwartz examines the state of play in Argentina for its silver resources

2 Jun 2015

A closer look at South Africa’s gold mining production and its future

2 Jun 2015

Ignacio Garcia de Carellan and Cem Selcuk outlines an innovative approach to removing hard scale from valves

2 Jun 2015

Researchers explore how the torrefaction of wood could provide conventional energy commodities and meet future demand

2 Jun 2015

A group of PhD students are setting the record straight on hydrogen

2 Jun 2015

Tony Bennett argues for an increase in the development of deep geothermal heat and power plants

2 Jun 2015

The debate around nuclear power may be ongoing, but the materials challenges involved have broader implications, Laurie Winkless reports 

2 Jun 2015

Alternative sources of power could derive from the sun, sea, sand and space. Glynn Garlick reports 

2 Jun 2015

Anna Ploszajski investigates carbon nanotubes

2 Jun 2015

Glynn Garlick looks at how improvements and innovations help provide top-notch products and solutions

5 May 2015

Natalie Daniels finds out how companies are revolutionising the 3D printing industry

5 May 2015

This month, Anna Ploszajski explores the material commonly associated with popping open a bottle of wine.

3 May 2015

Researchers use test a new approach to mechanical alloying

3 May 2015

Mine wastewater treatment services and technologies look set to become big business again. Guy Richards explains why.

3 May 2015

Simon Frost speaks to three independent consultants for advice on adjusting to self-employment. 

3 May 2015

Simon Frost speaks to Dr Cem Selcuk about the benefits of institute engagement. 

3 May 2015

Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Chris Hinde about his 40+ years of studying and analysing the metals and mining industry

3 May 2015

Michael Schwartz takes a look at what PNG has to offer miners

3 May 2015

Dr Justin Burrows, from Rolls-Royce, discusses the importance of structural materials research to the aerospace industry

3 May 2015

A new method of isolating titanium could reduce its cost

3 May 2015

Rhiannon Garth Jones tracks some of the key packaging materials and designs throughout history

8 Apr 2015

A look at the causes of fluid spills from plants and equipment on resource construction sites, and some solutions

8 Apr 2015

The Internet of Things promises leaps in mine safety and efficiency, Guy Richards reports

8 Apr 2015

In turbulent times for the North Sea oil and gas industry, we see what the future holds 

8 Apr 2015

Ahmed Shibli considers the problems caused by improperly treating high-temperature martensitic steels P91 and P92 

7 Apr 2015

Sculptors and founders speak to Sharon Ann Holgate about the materials and processes used in the creation of their artworks

7 Apr 2015

Chris Clear reviews the formulated Resource Efficiency Action Plan for ready-mixed concrete

7 Apr 2015

Peter Wilson predicts the future for timber constructions in England

7 Apr 2015

This month, Anna Ploszajski explores the hard and rare metal known as wolframite

7 Apr 2015

Natalie Daniels looks at the latest developments in the materials testing and inspection industry

7 Apr 2015

Fred Starr recollects... Including the kitchen sink

7 Apr 2015

Geoff Snape discusses science and engineering specialists in UK Government

1 Mar 2015

We meet a project manager at Morgan Advanced Materials to talk about outreach, career advice and engaging with institutes 

1 Mar 2015

This month, Anna Ploszajski explores the chemical element silicon and its applications, from the cosmetic industry to soda lime glass.

1 Mar 2015

Natalie Daniels looks at the advanced equipment in the field of analysis and microscopy.

1 Mar 2015

Michael Schwartz looks at Africa’s mining regime and some of its ambitious plans

1 Mar 2015

In the second half of a special focus on graphite, Guy Richards looks at its market prospects over the next few years.

1 Mar 2015

What impact could the weather and climate have when developing future mine sites?

1 Mar 2015

How to improve your chances when it comes to commercialising innovative materials

1 Mar 2015

Dr Peter Heath explains the benefits of using water as a coolant in laser machining

1 Mar 2015

Jade-Ashlee Cox and David Jesson argue for a different approach 

1 Mar 2015

Simon Frost finds out why two prominent UK architects are throwing their weight behind cross-laminated timber

1 Feb 2015

Professor Robert Akid explains how engineering surfaces could help reduce infection

1 Feb 2015

This month, Anna Ploszajski investigates a material most commonly found in the kitchen.

1 Feb 2015

Jim Glauser considers the implications of China’s Green Fence Initiative for plastics recycling in countries around the world

1 Feb 2015

Natalie Daniels looks at how companies are improving thermal efficiency

1 Feb 2015

Fred Starr recollects...

1 Feb 2015

This month Mark Godden asks, just how environmentally friendly is stone as a building material?

1 Feb 2015

Michael Schwartz takes a look at the recent developments in China’s rare elements

1 Feb 2015

In the first half of a special focus on graphite, Guy Richards explores its uses and examines some trends in supply and demand

1 Feb 2015

A look back at his life as a chemist, inventor and writer, by Ledetta Asfa-Wossen

1 Feb 2015

Thermal analysis can play a role in investigating corrosion of steel, argue four colleagues from NETZSCH

1 Feb 2015

How the role of plastics and composites can affect the future of automotive lightweighting

1 Feb 2015

The future of self-solid-lubricating coatings for dry drilling applications

1 Jan 2015

Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Pat Foster about mining safety, education and the future of the industry

1 Jan 2015

Michael Schwartz takes a look at two key mining projects in Madagascar

1 Jan 2015

An unusual application of waste paper is explained by Dr Anthony Crabbe and Dr Anton Ianakiev

1 Jan 2015

Anna Ploszajski explores the properties of platinum

1 Jan 2015

Natalie Daniels explores how companies are improving standards by using and developing new technologies

1 Jan 2015

Sir Kenneth Grange shares his frank opinions on today’s design industry and why materials are so important

1 Jan 2015

Professor Wilfried Vandervorst talks to Ledetta Asfa-Wossen about developments in processing and the industry of metrology

1 Jan 2015

Peter Wilson discusses timber engineering and construction

1 Jan 2015

Designers Harry Dwyer and Charlie Waller tell Eoin Redahan about their clever creations from old aircrafts

1 Jan 2015

Simon Frost speaks to an Instron employee about her career and unexpected path into the industry.

1 Jan 2015

The country needs to double the amount of engineering graduates and apprentices to maintain the sector. Simon Frost asks four experts: how?