Florine Hiersemenzel discusses how the MTC is moving focus variation beyond the laboratory
Materials World - all features 2015
Liz Carter, University of Sydney, discusses the technology used at the Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility
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.
Fred Starr recollects...
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.
Can nanotechnology make desalination plants more efficient, and feasible for developing nations? James Perkins reports
Steven Henley answers questions on standardising mineral reporting around the world
Possible solutions to address the threats in mine security
It is nano steps to better health as Rhiannon Garth Jones looks at the latest medical advances in nanotechnology
One possible way to commercialise the material for industry use
A look at the value of electroforming to the manufacturing sector
Frank James recounts the tale behind the invention of the mining safety lamp
Michael Schwartz takes a look at mining in Cambodia – a fast-growing sector popular with companies
Sustainable timber design has economic, environmental and social benefits, as Peter Wilson explains.
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
Guy Richards looks at improving productivity in the mining sector
A new family of materials are hot on the heels of silicon for use in solar photovoltaics
Geoff Snape asks why the UK is importing so much wood, when more could be grown at home.
Get the best out of your products through mastery of materials processing
Is the steel industry doing all it can to fight its environmental impact?
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
Dawn Bonfield, President of the Women’s Engineering Society talks to Natalie Daniels about inspiring young people in STEM careers
Natalie Daniels looks at how you can continue your professional development while in work
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
The Chief Science and Technology Officer at the UK National Nuclear Laboratory talks about the future of nuclear energy in the UK
Modelling methods could solve the decades-old problem of predicting the impact of a nuclear environment on materials
In his return to Get Talking, Mark Godden laments the impact of solicitors on the working culture of Great Britain
A framework for how the mining industry could become a recognised force for good
Mexico produces more silver than any other country, and has large, unexplored resources of other minerals and rare earths
Dr Martin Kemp argues for a proper classification system to push through the hype surrounding graphene and reach its full potential
Simulating nuclear environments can ensure the safety of a reactor. Enrique Jimenz-Melero introduces the UK’s new radiation science facility
The UK’s oldest nuclear power plant is scheduled to finally close in December 2015. Natalie Daniels charts its decommissioning journey
Professor Phil Picton speaks with Materials World on the UK’s only undergraduate NDT course
This month, Anna Ploszaski takes a closer look at zeolites
A research group in Australia are finding new ways to mine mineral resources more quickly, safely and cheaply. Guy Richards reports
From the loose coins in our pockets to turbine blades and rechargeable batteries, they all have one thing in common – nickel
Ian Sharp says a long-term approach should be taken to build the symbiotic relationship between universities and industry
Engineers for Jaguar Land Rover explain their work towards reducing the environmental impact of vehicles throughout their life-cycles
Rhiannon Garth Jones speaks to John Blaymires about the shale gas industry and the future of this contentious resource in the UK
Khai Trung Le looks at the current state of play for the UK’s first tidal lagoon power plant
With ensuring quality as integral as successful business as ever, Khai Trung Le looks at the latest innovations.
Natalie Daniels speaks to Andrew Lewis FIMMM about his career in the biomedical industry and his top tips for presenting and speaking
James Jobling-Purser and Nigel Hewitt talk to Rhiannon Garth Jones about their precision 3D laser-scanning technology
Dr Benjamin Tordoff discusses the Drakeland project plans and the latest mining technology in the UK
New coal deposits in the Lublin Coal Basin may soon overtake Upper Silesia as the dominant coal resource in Poland. Sam Moorhouse explains
Swansea University will cement its place as a world-leading research institution with a new engineering centre
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
Cliff Fudge argues the case for the thin-joint system in buildings
Khai Trung Le explores the latest developments in the field of analysis and microscopy
Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Tanvir Qureshi about smart minerals for self-healing concrete
Dr Richard Crockett discusses the Borders Rail project and the engineering challenges ahead
Khai Trung Le explores the rising need for urban sustainability, and the complex balance between cities, government and the community
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.
Philip Gray argues the importance of the development of mineral processing technology
Michael Schwartz considers the future of coal
Richard Quarmby proposes an innovative method for determining how best to exploit a mineral deposit
Mark Devey looks at the latest trends in oven cleaning cycles in the appliance industry
Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Dr Chris O’Connor and Andrew Duncan about a new qualification to measure the quality of innovation
Discover the role anoxic packaging plays in the world of art and history
New research shows having more women in the top mining jobs can bring bottom-line benefit. Guy Richards reports
Peter Wilson strips out old wood to explore new timber interiors in the market
Anna Ploszajski looks at the metal that gives American school buses their unique yellow shade and Harley Davidson engines their flawless sheen – chromium.
Biobased materials are making waves in the packaging industry. Natalie Daniels reports
Industry should prepare now for the inevitable introduction of carbon capture and storage technology, says Prem Mahi.
Lopa Patel discusses education, STEM and her entrepreneurial career
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.
David Kirkham considers the pros and cons of apprenticeships and degrees for STEM training
The rise of self-assembling structures – from furniture that requires no hex key, to folding robots
How do you create a home from recycled materials? Natalie Daniels finds out
Michael Schwartz examines the state of play in Argentina for its silver resources
A closer look at South Africa’s gold mining production and its future
Ignacio Garcia de Carellan and Cem Selcuk outlines an innovative approach to removing hard scale from valves
Researchers explore how the torrefaction of wood could provide conventional energy commodities and meet future demand
A group of PhD students are setting the record straight on hydrogen
Tony Bennett argues for an increase in the development of deep geothermal heat and power plants
The debate around nuclear power may be ongoing, but the materials challenges involved have broader implications, Laurie Winkless reports
Alternative sources of power could derive from the sun, sea, sand and space. Glynn Garlick reports
Anna Ploszajski investigates carbon nanotubes
Glynn Garlick looks at how improvements and innovations help provide top-notch products and solutions
Natalie Daniels finds out how companies are revolutionising the 3D printing industry
This month, Anna Ploszajski explores the material commonly associated with popping open a bottle of wine.
Researchers use test a new approach to mechanical alloying
Mine wastewater treatment services and technologies look set to become big business again. Guy Richards explains why.
Simon Frost speaks to three independent consultants for advice on adjusting to self-employment.
Simon Frost speaks to Dr Cem Selcuk about the benefits of institute engagement.
Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Chris Hinde about his 40+ years of studying and analysing the metals and mining industry
Michael Schwartz takes a look at what PNG has to offer miners
Dr Justin Burrows, from Rolls-Royce, discusses the importance of structural materials research to the aerospace industry
A new method of isolating titanium could reduce its cost
Rhiannon Garth Jones tracks some of the key packaging materials and designs throughout history
A look at the causes of fluid spills from plants and equipment on resource construction sites, and some solutions
The Internet of Things promises leaps in mine safety and efficiency, Guy Richards reports
In turbulent times for the North Sea oil and gas industry, we see what the future holds
Ahmed Shibli considers the problems caused by improperly treating high-temperature martensitic steels P91 and P92
Sculptors and founders speak to Sharon Ann Holgate about the materials and processes used in the creation of their artworks
Chris Clear reviews the formulated Resource Efficiency Action Plan for ready-mixed concrete
Peter Wilson predicts the future for timber constructions in England
This month, Anna Ploszajski explores the hard and rare metal known as wolframite
Natalie Daniels looks at the latest developments in the materials testing and inspection industry
Fred Starr recollects... Including the kitchen sink
Geoff Snape discusses science and engineering specialists in UK Government
We meet a project manager at Morgan Advanced Materials to talk about outreach, career advice and engaging with institutes
This month, Anna Ploszajski explores the chemical element silicon and its applications, from the cosmetic industry to soda lime glass.
Natalie Daniels looks at the advanced equipment in the field of analysis and microscopy.
Michael Schwartz looks at Africa’s mining regime and some of its ambitious plans
In the second half of a special focus on graphite, Guy Richards looks at its market prospects over the next few years.
What impact could the weather and climate have when developing future mine sites?
How to improve your chances when it comes to commercialising innovative materials
Dr Peter Heath explains the benefits of using water as a coolant in laser machining
Jade-Ashlee Cox and David Jesson argue for a different approach
Simon Frost finds out why two prominent UK architects are throwing their weight behind cross-laminated timber
Professor Robert Akid explains how engineering surfaces could help reduce infection
This month, Anna Ploszajski investigates a material most commonly found in the kitchen.
Jim Glauser considers the implications of China’s Green Fence Initiative for plastics recycling in countries around the world
Natalie Daniels looks at how companies are improving thermal efficiency
This month Mark Godden asks, just how environmentally friendly is stone as a building material?
Michael Schwartz takes a look at the recent developments in China’s rare elements
In the first half of a special focus on graphite, Guy Richards explores its uses and examines some trends in supply and demand
A look back at his life as a chemist, inventor and writer, by Ledetta Asfa-Wossen
Thermal analysis can play a role in investigating corrosion of steel, argue four colleagues from NETZSCH
How the role of plastics and composites can affect the future of automotive lightweighting
The future of self-solid-lubricating coatings for dry drilling applications
Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Pat Foster about mining safety, education and the future of the industry
Michael Schwartz takes a look at two key mining projects in Madagascar
An unusual application of waste paper is explained by Dr Anthony Crabbe and Dr Anton Ianakiev
Anna Ploszajski explores the properties of platinum
Natalie Daniels explores how companies are improving standards by using and developing new technologies
Sir Kenneth Grange shares his frank opinions on today’s design industry and why materials are so important
Professor Wilfried Vandervorst talks to Ledetta Asfa-Wossen about developments in processing and the industry of metrology
Peter Wilson discusses timber engineering and construction
Designers Harry Dwyer and Charlie Waller tell Eoin Redahan about their clever creations from old aircrafts
Simon Frost speaks to an Instron employee about her career and unexpected path into the industry.