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1 Dec 2016

Ellis Davies talks to Kevin Shikoluk, Strategic Marketing Leader for GE’s Digital Mine about the range of solutions it provides.

1 Dec 2016

To ensure safety and reliability across the UK defence sector, the testing of materials is fundamental to the development of new equipment, as Eoin O’Keefe explains.

1 Dec 2016

To become viable many mining projects need to think differently. Katherine Williams attended Mineral and Mining Processing Europe (MMPE16) to find out what needs to be done.

1 Dec 2016

Michael Schwartz takes a look at the state of play in Turkey and why it is business as usual following the failed military coup.

1 Dec 2016

Ledetta Asfa-Wossen asks the experts what Britain’s departure from the EU could mean for business, R&D and health and safety in the mining industry.

1 Dec 2016

Peter Wilson examines the role of cross-laminated timber in the protection and thermal insulation of buildings.

1 Dec 2016

Mandy Kelly argues that renewable materials from bio-based sources can help create a circular economy.

1 Dec 2016

Advances in materials and their applications continue to present new challenges for forensic fingerprinting techniques

1 Dec 2016

Steve Montisci explains how the plasma electrolytic oxidation process could benefit the use of magnesium in the defence sector

1 Dec 2016

Natalie Daniels speaks to Debra Carr CEng FIMMM about her time working at the MoD and how materials in helmets and body armour are evolving

SPOTLIGHT – HEATING UP

2 Nov 2016

Kimmo Kuusela, Senior R&D Manager at Glaston, Finland, talks to Ellis Davies about a new heat treatment machine monitoring technology, Glaston Insight.

2 Nov 2016

Khai Trung Le focuses on applications of silk in both warfare and heathcare

2 Nov 2016

Khai Trung Le looks at the mining industry’s furthered commitments to automation as it seeks to future–proof against a period of growing uncertainty

2 Nov 2016

Morocco is enhancing its attractiveness by enacting sympathetic legislation. Michael Schwartz reveals the country’s ambitions

2 Nov 2016

Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Henk van Alphen about his career in the mining industry and why lithium is so important

2 Nov 2016

The future of urban development requires planning and appropriate materials. Alastair Marsh argues that geopolymers could be a part of the solution

2 Nov 2016

Simon Frost looks at the history and cutting edge of materials in bicycle manufacture

2 Nov 2016

The materials revolution may have passed, but sportspeople still push the bounds of technology to gain a competitive edge. Eoin Redahan reports

2 Nov 2016

Natalie Daniels talks to Dr Siddharth Patwardhan about how becoming chartered has been professionally rewarding

2 Nov 2016

Are you thinking of becoming professionally registered? Ian Bowbrick and Deborah Seddon identify the steps to help you on your way to achieving Chartered Engineer status

2 Nov 2016

Dr Paul Coxon reflects on a recent Royal Society paper discussing poor scientific practices.

SPOTLIGHT: SMALL MATTERS

3 Oct 2016

Ellis Davies talks to Andrew Monk, Co-Founder of ioLight, about the world’s first folding portable digital microscope

3 Oct 2016

Crowdfunding could offer the mining industry an alternative method of fundraising. Ellis Davies reports

3 Oct 2016

Mark Godden looks at how responsibility for the safety of HGVs extends from the quarry to drivers and cyclists

3 Oct 2016

Could mining be going green? Rhiannon Garth Jones looks at areas where the industry has made changes in the past few years

3 Oct 2016

Fred Starr pleads with the nuclear establishment to get over its fixation with the pressurised water reactor

3 Oct 2016

In the second instalment of a two-part piece, Michael Schwartz looks at how Russia is modernising its massive mining industry, from east to west

3 Oct 2016

Peter Wilson examines the role of timber in the UK’s energy mix, from consumption to power

3 Oct 2016

The world’s high-level nuclear waste largely sits above ground in temporary storage, awaiting a more permanent home. James Perkins reports on the future

3 Oct 2016

Ewan Galloway talks to Rhiannon Garth Jones about his career in the nuclear defence industry

3 Oct 2016

Natalie Daniels takes a look at the operating, planned and proposed nuclear reactors around the world

3 Oct 2016

Simon Frost speaks to the forefather of a class of cage-like porous materials that hold promise for some of the most hotly sought applications in science

STEVE KIRBY: DARK DAYS FOR THE UK’S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

1 Sep 2016

Steve Kirby discusses why these are dark days for the UK’s oil and gas industry

1 Sep 2016

Ellis Davies talks to Kurt Johanns, Director of Lab Services at Nanomechanics, Inc, about the company’s latest addition, the Service Lab

1 Sep 2016

Ledetta Asfa-Wossen speaks to Chris Fraser, CEO of Sirius Minerals, about tapping into the world’s largest deposit of high-grade polyhalite

1 Sep 2016

Rising oil costs means US fracking companies have cut costs to stay in the increasingly competitive market. Rhiannon Garth Jones reports

1 Sep 2016

In the first instalment of a two-part piece, Michael Schwartz takes a look at Russia, one of the largest and most interesting countries for mining. 

1 Sep 2016

From the playthings of the ancient Mesoamericans to Wellington boots, car tyres to hot water bottles, natural and synthetic rubber has a rich and storied history, as Anna Ploszajski finds out 

1 Sep 2016

Ellis Davies looks at the composite materials being used to create a new generation of musical instruments

1 Sep 2016

With confusion surrounding additive manufacture and 3D printing, Emma Ryan and Adam Scott explain how the two differ.

1 Sep 2016

Nanotechnology, biology and maths combine to fight against chemotherapy resistance, one of the biggest causes of mortality in cancer

1 Sep 2016

Recruiters and candidates can benefit from LinkedIn. Natalie Daniels finds out how

1 Sep 2016

Shaun Simmons shares his experience of conducting effective panel interviews

1 Sep 2016

Natalie Daniels hears from Kerrine Bryan about her career as an electrical engineer and what inspired her to write a series of children's books based on engineering and science

FRED STARR RECOLLECTS THE BREXIT VOTE

2 Aug 2016

Fred Starr recollects…

2 Aug 2016

Blaise Kelly offers his opinion on how governments can best support their steel industries. 

2 Aug 2016

Ellis Davies talks to Goodfish Group’s Business Development Manager Paul Groenestein about the Goodfish Group, and the possible effects of Brexit on UK injection moulding

2 Aug 2016

From nanotechnology to automotive components and textiles – hemp has a number of diverse applications. This month, Anna Ploszajski discovers the history behind the fibre. 

2 Aug 2016

New materials for capturing and converting CO2 to useful products could help reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels

2 Aug 2016

Rhiannon Garth Jones looks at China’s major investments in mining and infrastructure across Asia

2 Aug 2016

Scientists discuss some of the latest developments in mining research

2 Aug 2016

Michael Schwartz takes a look at Eritrea, a country that has attracted the attention of the mining industry in recent years

2 Aug 2016

Manufacturers around Europe are looking for new ways to maximise their efficiency and increase sustainability in their supply chains

2 Aug 2016

How can ashes produced by coal-fired power generation boost sustainable construction? Dr Robert Carroll explains

2 Aug 2016

Peter Wilson looks at how bio-based construction materials are being used in the building industry

MATERIAL OF THE MONTH – POLYCARBONATE

4 Jul 2016

From buildings and cars to music and kitchenware, this month, Anna Ploszajski looks at the recyclable plastic polycarbonate

4 Jul 2016

Ellis Davies talks to Benjamin Hubert, Director and founder of Layer, about the development of the lab’s inaugural project, GO, a 3D-printed wheelchair.

4 Jul 2016

Stephen Harrison and Kim Chapman discuss the problems with gas quality, particularly within glass and ceramics production

4 Jul 2016

Which metals could be in dangerously short supply in five or 10 years’ time and how do we know? Guy Richards reports

4 Jul 2016

Professor Paul Hatton and Katie-Jo Harwood explain the evolution of materials in medicine and dentistry.

4 Jul 2016

Dental silver amalgam has been the dominant tooth filling for 200 years, but its days are numbered. James Perkins found out why, and what its replacement might be.

4 Jul 2016

Professor Julian Jones tells the story of the man behind the material BioglassBioglass, Larry Hench, Imperial College London, biomaterials, medicine, dentistry, Douek-MED, NovaBone, sol-gel bioactive glasses, NovaTest

4 Jul 2016

Natalie Daniels illustrates the benefits of collaboration with historical examples

4 Jul 2016

Mehul Chavda discusses his career in materials science and his work exploring graphene’s potential

4 Jul 2016

Mark Godden looks at the regulatory methods for preventing workplace exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

MATERIAL OF THE MONTH – PORCELAIN

1 Jun 2016

It is a material best known for creating the highest quality fine bone china. This month, Anna Ploszajski discovers the history of porcelain

1 Jun 2016

Peter Carpenter, CEO of Wallwork Group, talks on how the growth of composites impacts the UK heat treatment sector, and the latest industry news

1 Jun 2016

Could methane hydrates replicate shale gas’ success as the next big energy breakthrough? Rhiannon Garth Jones reports

1 Jun 2016

Harry Knott considers the risks around the supply of non-ferrous metals and suggests how they could be mitigated

1 Jun 2016

Michael Schwartz reviews the state of mining in Ecuador a country that is opening up to foreign investment

1 Jun 2016

Tim Parker considers the UK-specific issues in the steel industry and possible solutions to the crisis

1 Jun 2016

Dr Rosalinda Gioia discusses the regulatory requirements placed on chemicals used in offshore extraction in the North Sea

1 Jun 2016

Paul Younger speaks to Rhiannon Garth Jones about the UK’s energy mix, renewable energy options, R&D and where the UK is getting it wrong

1 Jun 2016

Katherine Williams takes a look at developments in tidal power across the UK

1 Jun 2016

Fred Starr recollects

1 Jun 2016

Following his piece on estimating oil and gas decommissioning costs in April, Steve Kirby looks at ways to reduce them. 

Q&A ON THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE

1 May 2016

Clare Short explains the EITI and the impact it could have on the mining industry and government systems

1 May 2016

Rhiannon Garth Jones considers the effort to secure the rare earth supply chain in Europe and its contribution to Greenland’s mining fortunes

1 May 2016

Guy Richards looks at a possible solution for investment and capital for the mining industry – modular plants

1 May 2016

Dr Andrew Pollard talked to James Perkins about leading the National Physical Laboratory's efforts to standardise and characterise graphene 

1 May 2016

Peter Wilder argues that our flood defences should be based on natural systems 

1 May 2016

More than two years after the implementation of CE marking on stone products, Mark Godden says confusion still reigns in the industry regarding the application of the law.

1 May 2016

This month, Anna Ploszajski explores gold production, its value throughout history and where it all began

1 May 2016

Natalie Daniels speaks to experts in transport about infrastructure in the UK – investments, solutions  and planning for the future
 

1 May 2016

Having recently won Semta’s Best of British Engineering award, Emma England discusses her career at Airbus and encouraging young people into STEM careers

1 May 2016

Daniel Pyke shares his experience of training in a new field mid-career and offers advice to those thinking of diverting their career path

1 May 2016

FEI Company’s Ernst Jan Vesseur discusses the forthcoming launch of the Apreo SEM and the company’s contribution to microscopy

MINING IN NAMIBIA

1 April 2016

Michael Schwartz looks at what makes Namibia such a popular country for mining investment

1 April 2016

Following the International Energy Agency’s annual report on the price of oil, Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to editor of the report Neil Atkinson about why prices are so low and what it means for future investment

1 April 2016

Richard Burt examines tantalum mining and the conflict minerals resource chain

1 April 2016

Data has the potential to revolutionise the materials industry, from extraction to processing to commercialisation. But it can only do so with the right mix of technology, skills and strategy

1 April 2016

Ledetta Asfa-Wossen finds out about the exciting possibilities ofsuper strong limpet teeth for materials science

1 April 2016

Phased array technology, disruptive fundraisers and an NDT market worth US$4.78bil are among the latest developments in the testing and inspection sector.

1 April 2016

While conventional robotics proceeds with emulating humanity, natural materials robotics may provide the solution to exploring planets, performing in vivo healthcare by looking to wasp protein and fungus

1 April 2016

Dr Vernon Walter 'Wally' Eldred MBE FREng CEng FIMMM 1925–2015

1 April 2016

Fred Starr recollects...

1 April 2016

Steve Kirby looks at why oil well decommissioning costs have been underestimated, and how operators can prevent costly surprises.

1 April 2016

This month, Anna Ploszajski’s details the discovery of plutonium and it’s applications since the first discovery

1 April 2016

Tracy Sutton talks about what sustainable packaging really means and what can be done to implement more environmentally friendly solutions

MATERIAL OF THE MONTH – ETFE

2 Mar 2016

This month, Anna Ploszajski explores the material that has formed part one of the most remarkable landmarks in Cornwall.

2 Mar 2016

How can you use social media to enhance your professional development? Natalie Daniels finds out

2 Mar 2016

Frances Wall discusses her route into mining and how to encourage others into similar career paths    

2 Mar 2016

As Iran looks set to re-open for business to foreign mining companies this year, Guy Richards reports on the opportunities on offer and highlights the key parts of the country’s fiscal and legal frameworks 

2 Mar 2016

Some polymers are finding a range of new applications in the oil and gas sector, Beth Seares explains

2 Mar 2016

Bob Leeming shares his career highlights having worked in high safety standards in the UK mining industry for 40 years

2 Mar 2016

DEHP is now a restricted substance in the EU. Dr G Kaiser and Dr M Schoneich from Netzch Gerätebau discuss a tool for identifying it

2 Mar 2016

Peter Wilson discusses how technical analysis of timber improves construction and engineering techniques

2 Mar 2016

Alan Thomas from Zwick Testing Machines explains how high-cycle fatigue is dangerous for the aerospace industry and how Vibrophores can help

2 Mar 2016

Dr Davide De Focatiis talks to Rhiannon Garth Jones about the development of new technologies for biaxial testing

2 Mar 2016

Khai Trung Le looks at the latest news and products in the additive manufacturing industry.

2 Mar 2016

Metalysis’ proof-of-concept metallic powder plant will be bringing the company to the forefront of 3D printing   

A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR UK STEEL

1 Feb 2016

Fred starr recollects...

1 Feb 2016

Mark Godden laments the premature death of UK coal mining, after the closure of Kellingley Colliery

1 Feb 2016

They are found in applications from the automotive industry to biomedical implants and hydrogen-based technologies. This month, Anna Ploszajski investigates metal foams 

1 Feb 2016

Natalie Daniels looks at the some of the trends in the world of fashion and biomimicry

1 Feb 2016

The British Plastics Federation’s Philip Law guides us through the changes in injection moulding

1 Feb 2016

Is 3D printing the key to promoting biomimicry? Janine Benyus believes so

1 Feb 2016

Simon Aldrich discusses how environmental and social impact assessments have become vital for mining companies 

1 Feb 2016

As the protracted downturn in mining keeps mining OEMs on the back foot, Guy Richards reports on new research that could add to their woes

1 Feb 2016

Michael Schwartz examines the mining industry in Mongolia, and its role in the country’s future

1 Feb 2016

Jay Harman discusses how lessons learned from shark skins to sea urchin spines nature can solve human problems 

27 Jan 2016

Tom McKeag, from the University of California, Berkeley, talks about using bioinspired design to create greener solutions

MINING EXPERT SAYS COMPANIES NEED TO INVEST IN NEW TECHNOLOGY

5 Jan 2016

Mike Battersby talks to Rhiannon Garth about his career and ideas on how to reduce energy use in the mining industry

5 Jan 2016

Recent news from the steel industry in the UK and Europe has been grim but it can be transformed

5 Jan 2016

Dr Stéphane Rols from the Institut Laue-Langevin explains the role of neutrons in the next generation of energy materials

5 Jan 2016

Plastics manufacturing expert Igor ˇCati´c argues for a new classification in materials design to keep up with digital processes

5 Jan 2016

Michael Schwartz examines how Western Australia is a key driver behind Australia’s mining success and the role it can play in responding to the challenges facing the country as a whole

5 Jan 2016

Shell might have pulled out of the drilling offshore Alaska but companies are still investing in the Arctic, especially off Norway and Russia. Rhiannon Garth Jones explains

5 Jan 2016

Rhiannon Garth Jones explains some of the potential approaches to engineering the climate, and considers the risks

5 Jan 2016

It occurs in the extremely rare mineral moissanite, and has been used in various applications from LEDS and composite armour to automotive parts. This month, Anna Ploszajski explores silicon carbide 

5 Jan 2016

Lucy Ackland, a Project Manager at Renishaw, discusses her early career in engineering and bringing together academia and industry

5 Jan 2016

Natalie Daniels presents expert opinion on the ‘valley of death’ funding gap and the process between innovation and commercialisation

5 Jan 2016

Khai Trung Le speaks with Struers’ Lee Cobb on automation in materials preparation and manufacture

5 Jan 2016

The world’s largest oil exporter is making its first steps into large-scale solar power generation, as Simon Frost found out 

1 Dec 2016

Ellis Davies talks to Kevin Shikoluk, Strategic Marketing Leader for GE’s Digital Mine about the range of solutions it provides.

1 Dec 2016

To ensure safety and reliability across the UK defence sector, the testing of materials is fundamental to the development of new equipment, as Eoin O’Keefe explains.

1 Dec 2016

To become viable many mining projects need to think differently. Katherine Williams attended Mineral and Mining Processing Europe (MMPE16) to find out what needs to be done.

1 Dec 2016

Michael Schwartz takes a look at the state of play in Turkey and why it is business as usual following the failed military coup.

1 Dec 2016

Ledetta Asfa-Wossen asks the experts what Britain’s departure from the EU could mean for business, R&D and health and safety in the mining industry.

1 Dec 2016

Peter Wilson examines the role of cross-laminated timber in the protection and thermal insulation of buildings.

1 Dec 2016

Mandy Kelly argues that renewable materials from bio-based sources can help create a circular economy.

1 Dec 2016

Advances in materials and their applications continue to present new challenges for forensic fingerprinting techniques

1 Dec 2016

Steve Montisci explains how the plasma electrolytic oxidation process could benefit the use of magnesium in the defence sector

1 Dec 2016

Natalie Daniels speaks to Debra Carr CEng FIMMM about her time working at the MoD and how materials in helmets and body armour are evolving

SPOTLIGHT – HEATING UP

2 Nov 2016

Kimmo Kuusela, Senior R&D Manager at Glaston, Finland, talks to Ellis Davies about a new heat treatment machine monitoring technology, Glaston Insight.

2 Nov 2016

Khai Trung Le focuses on applications of silk in both warfare and heathcare

2 Nov 2016

Khai Trung Le looks at the mining industry’s furthered commitments to automation as it seeks to future–proof against a period of growing uncertainty

2 Nov 2016

Morocco is enhancing its attractiveness by enacting sympathetic legislation. Michael Schwartz reveals the country’s ambitions

2 Nov 2016

Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to Henk van Alphen about his career in the mining industry and why lithium is so important

2 Nov 2016

The future of urban development requires planning and appropriate materials. Alastair Marsh argues that geopolymers could be a part of the solution

2 Nov 2016

Simon Frost looks at the history and cutting edge of materials in bicycle manufacture

2 Nov 2016

The materials revolution may have passed, but sportspeople still push the bounds of technology to gain a competitive edge. Eoin Redahan reports

2 Nov 2016

Natalie Daniels talks to Dr Siddharth Patwardhan about how becoming chartered has been professionally rewarding

2 Nov 2016

Are you thinking of becoming professionally registered? Ian Bowbrick and Deborah Seddon identify the steps to help you on your way to achieving Chartered Engineer status

2 Nov 2016

Dr Paul Coxon reflects on a recent Royal Society paper discussing poor scientific practices.

SPOTLIGHT: SMALL MATTERS

3 Oct 2016

Ellis Davies talks to Andrew Monk, Co-Founder of ioLight, about the world’s first folding portable digital microscope

3 Oct 2016

Crowdfunding could offer the mining industry an alternative method of fundraising. Ellis Davies reports

3 Oct 2016

Mark Godden looks at how responsibility for the safety of HGVs extends from the quarry to drivers and cyclists

3 Oct 2016

Could mining be going green? Rhiannon Garth Jones looks at areas where the industry has made changes in the past few years

3 Oct 2016

Fred Starr pleads with the nuclear establishment to get over its fixation with the pressurised water reactor

3 Oct 2016

In the second instalment of a two-part piece, Michael Schwartz looks at how Russia is modernising its massive mining industry, from east to west

3 Oct 2016

Peter Wilson examines the role of timber in the UK’s energy mix, from consumption to power

3 Oct 2016

The world’s high-level nuclear waste largely sits above ground in temporary storage, awaiting a more permanent home. James Perkins reports on the future

3 Oct 2016

Ewan Galloway talks to Rhiannon Garth Jones about his career in the nuclear defence industry

3 Oct 2016

Natalie Daniels takes a look at the operating, planned and proposed nuclear reactors around the world

3 Oct 2016

Simon Frost speaks to the forefather of a class of cage-like porous materials that hold promise for some of the most hotly sought applications in science

STEVE KIRBY: DARK DAYS FOR THE UK’S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

1 Sep 2016

Steve Kirby discusses why these are dark days for the UK’s oil and gas industry

1 Sep 2016

Ellis Davies talks to Kurt Johanns, Director of Lab Services at Nanomechanics, Inc, about the company’s latest addition, the Service Lab

1 Sep 2016

Ledetta Asfa-Wossen speaks to Chris Fraser, CEO of Sirius Minerals, about tapping into the world’s largest deposit of high-grade polyhalite

1 Sep 2016

Rising oil costs means US fracking companies have cut costs to stay in the increasingly competitive market. Rhiannon Garth Jones reports

1 Sep 2016

In the first instalment of a two-part piece, Michael Schwartz takes a look at Russia, one of the largest and most interesting countries for mining. 

1 Sep 2016

From the playthings of the ancient Mesoamericans to Wellington boots, car tyres to hot water bottles, natural and synthetic rubber has a rich and storied history, as Anna Ploszajski finds out 

1 Sep 2016

Ellis Davies looks at the composite materials being used to create a new generation of musical instruments

1 Sep 2016

With confusion surrounding additive manufacture and 3D printing, Emma Ryan and Adam Scott explain how the two differ.

1 Sep 2016

Nanotechnology, biology and maths combine to fight against chemotherapy resistance, one of the biggest causes of mortality in cancer

1 Sep 2016

Recruiters and candidates can benefit from LinkedIn. Natalie Daniels finds out how

1 Sep 2016

Shaun Simmons shares his experience of conducting effective panel interviews

1 Sep 2016

Natalie Daniels hears from Kerrine Bryan about her career as an electrical engineer and what inspired her to write a series of children's books based on engineering and science

FRED STARR RECOLLECTS THE BREXIT VOTE

2 Aug 2016

Fred Starr recollects…

2 Aug 2016

Blaise Kelly offers his opinion on how governments can best support their steel industries. 

2 Aug 2016

Ellis Davies talks to Goodfish Group’s Business Development Manager Paul Groenestein about the Goodfish Group, and the possible effects of Brexit on UK injection moulding

2 Aug 2016

From nanotechnology to automotive components and textiles – hemp has a number of diverse applications. This month, Anna Ploszajski discovers the history behind the fibre. 

2 Aug 2016

New materials for capturing and converting CO2 to useful products could help reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels

2 Aug 2016

Rhiannon Garth Jones looks at China’s major investments in mining and infrastructure across Asia

2 Aug 2016

Scientists discuss some of the latest developments in mining research

2 Aug 2016

Michael Schwartz takes a look at Eritrea, a country that has attracted the attention of the mining industry in recent years

2 Aug 2016

Manufacturers around Europe are looking for new ways to maximise their efficiency and increase sustainability in their supply chains

2 Aug 2016

How can ashes produced by coal-fired power generation boost sustainable construction? Dr Robert Carroll explains

2 Aug 2016

Peter Wilson looks at how bio-based construction materials are being used in the building industry

MATERIAL OF THE MONTH – POLYCARBONATE

4 Jul 2016

From buildings and cars to music and kitchenware, this month, Anna Ploszajski looks at the recyclable plastic polycarbonate

4 Jul 2016

Ellis Davies talks to Benjamin Hubert, Director and founder of Layer, about the development of the lab’s inaugural project, GO, a 3D-printed wheelchair.

4 Jul 2016

Stephen Harrison and Kim Chapman discuss the problems with gas quality, particularly within glass and ceramics production

4 Jul 2016

Which metals could be in dangerously short supply in five or 10 years’ time and how do we know? Guy Richards reports

4 Jul 2016

Professor Paul Hatton and Katie-Jo Harwood explain the evolution of materials in medicine and dentistry.

4 Jul 2016

Dental silver amalgam has been the dominant tooth filling for 200 years, but its days are numbered. James Perkins found out why, and what its replacement might be.

4 Jul 2016

Professor Julian Jones tells the story of the man behind the material BioglassBioglass, Larry Hench, Imperial College London, biomaterials, medicine, dentistry, Douek-MED, NovaBone, sol-gel bioactive glasses, NovaTest

4 Jul 2016

Natalie Daniels illustrates the benefits of collaboration with historical examples

4 Jul 2016

Mehul Chavda discusses his career in materials science and his work exploring graphene’s potential

4 Jul 2016

Mark Godden looks at the regulatory methods for preventing workplace exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

MATERIAL OF THE MONTH – PORCELAIN

1 Jun 2016

It is a material best known for creating the highest quality fine bone china. This month, Anna Ploszajski discovers the history of porcelain

1 Jun 2016

Peter Carpenter, CEO of Wallwork Group, talks on how the growth of composites impacts the UK heat treatment sector, and the latest industry news

1 Jun 2016

Could methane hydrates replicate shale gas’ success as the next big energy breakthrough? Rhiannon Garth Jones reports

1 Jun 2016

Harry Knott considers the risks around the supply of non-ferrous metals and suggests how they could be mitigated

1 Jun 2016

Michael Schwartz reviews the state of mining in Ecuador a country that is opening up to foreign investment

1 Jun 2016

Tim Parker considers the UK-specific issues in the steel industry and possible solutions to the crisis

1 Jun 2016

Dr Rosalinda Gioia discusses the regulatory requirements placed on chemicals used in offshore extraction in the North Sea

1 Jun 2016

Paul Younger speaks to Rhiannon Garth Jones about the UK’s energy mix, renewable energy options, R&D and where the UK is getting it wrong

1 Jun 2016

Katherine Williams takes a look at developments in tidal power across the UK

1 Jun 2016

Fred Starr recollects

1 Jun 2016

Following his piece on estimating oil and gas decommissioning costs in April, Steve Kirby looks at ways to reduce them. 

Q&A ON THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE

1 May 2016

Clare Short explains the EITI and the impact it could have on the mining industry and government systems

1 May 2016

Rhiannon Garth Jones considers the effort to secure the rare earth supply chain in Europe and its contribution to Greenland’s mining fortunes

1 May 2016

Guy Richards looks at a possible solution for investment and capital for the mining industry – modular plants

1 May 2016

Dr Andrew Pollard talked to James Perkins about leading the National Physical Laboratory's efforts to standardise and characterise graphene 

1 May 2016

Peter Wilder argues that our flood defences should be based on natural systems 

1 May 2016

More than two years after the implementation of CE marking on stone products, Mark Godden says confusion still reigns in the industry regarding the application of the law.

1 May 2016

This month, Anna Ploszajski explores gold production, its value throughout history and where it all began

1 May 2016

Natalie Daniels speaks to experts in transport about infrastructure in the UK – investments, solutions  and planning for the future
 

1 May 2016

Having recently won Semta’s Best of British Engineering award, Emma England discusses her career at Airbus and encouraging young people into STEM careers

1 May 2016

Daniel Pyke shares his experience of training in a new field mid-career and offers advice to those thinking of diverting their career path

1 May 2016

FEI Company’s Ernst Jan Vesseur discusses the forthcoming launch of the Apreo SEM and the company’s contribution to microscopy

MINING IN NAMIBIA

1 April 2016

Michael Schwartz looks at what makes Namibia such a popular country for mining investment

1 April 2016

Following the International Energy Agency’s annual report on the price of oil, Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to editor of the report Neil Atkinson about why prices are so low and what it means for future investment

1 April 2016

Richard Burt examines tantalum mining and the conflict minerals resource chain

1 April 2016

Data has the potential to revolutionise the materials industry, from extraction to processing to commercialisation. But it can only do so with the right mix of technology, skills and strategy

1 April 2016

Ledetta Asfa-Wossen finds out about the exciting possibilities ofsuper strong limpet teeth for materials science

1 April 2016

Phased array technology, disruptive fundraisers and an NDT market worth US$4.78bil are among the latest developments in the testing and inspection sector.

1 April 2016

While conventional robotics proceeds with emulating humanity, natural materials robotics may provide the solution to exploring planets, performing in vivo healthcare by looking to wasp protein and fungus

1 April 2016

Dr Vernon Walter 'Wally' Eldred MBE FREng CEng FIMMM 1925–2015

1 April 2016

Fred Starr recollects...

1 April 2016

Steve Kirby looks at why oil well decommissioning costs have been underestimated, and how operators can prevent costly surprises.

1 April 2016

This month, Anna Ploszajski’s details the discovery of plutonium and it’s applications since the first discovery

1 April 2016

Tracy Sutton talks about what sustainable packaging really means and what can be done to implement more environmentally friendly solutions

MATERIAL OF THE MONTH – ETFE

2 Mar 2016

This month, Anna Ploszajski explores the material that has formed part one of the most remarkable landmarks in Cornwall.

2 Mar 2016

How can you use social media to enhance your professional development? Natalie Daniels finds out

2 Mar 2016

Frances Wall discusses her route into mining and how to encourage others into similar career paths    

2 Mar 2016

As Iran looks set to re-open for business to foreign mining companies this year, Guy Richards reports on the opportunities on offer and highlights the key parts of the country’s fiscal and legal frameworks 

2 Mar 2016

Some polymers are finding a range of new applications in the oil and gas sector, Beth Seares explains

2 Mar 2016

Bob Leeming shares his career highlights having worked in high safety standards in the UK mining industry for 40 years

2 Mar 2016

DEHP is now a restricted substance in the EU. Dr G Kaiser and Dr M Schoneich from Netzch Gerätebau discuss a tool for identifying it

2 Mar 2016

Peter Wilson discusses how technical analysis of timber improves construction and engineering techniques

2 Mar 2016

Alan Thomas from Zwick Testing Machines explains how high-cycle fatigue is dangerous for the aerospace industry and how Vibrophores can help

2 Mar 2016

Dr Davide De Focatiis talks to Rhiannon Garth Jones about the development of new technologies for biaxial testing

2 Mar 2016

Khai Trung Le looks at the latest news and products in the additive manufacturing industry.

2 Mar 2016

Metalysis’ proof-of-concept metallic powder plant will be bringing the company to the forefront of 3D printing   

A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR UK STEEL

1 Feb 2016

Fred starr recollects...

1 Feb 2016

Mark Godden laments the premature death of UK coal mining, after the closure of Kellingley Colliery

1 Feb 2016

They are found in applications from the automotive industry to biomedical implants and hydrogen-based technologies. This month, Anna Ploszajski investigates metal foams 

1 Feb 2016

Natalie Daniels looks at the some of the trends in the world of fashion and biomimicry

1 Feb 2016

The British Plastics Federation’s Philip Law guides us through the changes in injection moulding

1 Feb 2016

Is 3D printing the key to promoting biomimicry? Janine Benyus believes so

1 Feb 2016

Simon Aldrich discusses how environmental and social impact assessments have become vital for mining companies 

1 Feb 2016

As the protracted downturn in mining keeps mining OEMs on the back foot, Guy Richards reports on new research that could add to their woes

1 Feb 2016

Michael Schwartz examines the mining industry in Mongolia, and its role in the country’s future

1 Feb 2016

Jay Harman discusses how lessons learned from shark skins to sea urchin spines nature can solve human problems 

27 Jan 2016

Tom McKeag, from the University of California, Berkeley, talks about using bioinspired design to create greener solutions

MINING EXPERT SAYS COMPANIES NEED TO INVEST IN NEW TECHNOLOGY

5 Jan 2016

Mike Battersby talks to Rhiannon Garth about his career and ideas on how to reduce energy use in the mining industry

5 Jan 2016

Recent news from the steel industry in the UK and Europe has been grim but it can be transformed

5 Jan 2016

Dr Stéphane Rols from the Institut Laue-Langevin explains the role of neutrons in the next generation of energy materials

5 Jan 2016

Plastics manufacturing expert Igor ˇCati´c argues for a new classification in materials design to keep up with digital processes

5 Jan 2016

Michael Schwartz examines how Western Australia is a key driver behind Australia’s mining success and the role it can play in responding to the challenges facing the country as a whole

5 Jan 2016

Shell might have pulled out of the drilling offshore Alaska but companies are still investing in the Arctic, especially off Norway and Russia. Rhiannon Garth Jones explains

5 Jan 2016

Rhiannon Garth Jones explains some of the potential approaches to engineering the climate, and considers the risks

5 Jan 2016

It occurs in the extremely rare mineral moissanite, and has been used in various applications from LEDS and composite armour to automotive parts. This month, Anna Ploszajski explores silicon carbide 

5 Jan 2016

Lucy Ackland, a Project Manager at Renishaw, discusses her early career in engineering and bringing together academia and industry

5 Jan 2016

Natalie Daniels presents expert opinion on the ‘valley of death’ funding gap and the process between innovation and commercialisation

5 Jan 2016

Khai Trung Le speaks with Struers’ Lee Cobb on automation in materials preparation and manufacture

5 Jan 2016

The world’s largest oil exporter is making its first steps into large-scale solar power generation, as Simon Frost found out