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Nov 2019

Policies in Australia’s largest state aim to minimise personal risk in its mining operations.

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Idha Valeur talks to the industry about collaboration, access to funding and expectations for the future in the context of Brexit preparations.
Nov 2019

PETRAS Director and Principal Investigator, Jeremy Watson CBE FREng FIET FICE DPhil, talks to Idha Valeur about successfully securing funding several times and how Brexit could impact UK science.

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Nov 2019

Invention of the food can changed the way we lived and ate forever, and preservation helped provide greater food security and underpinned industrial, exploration and military advances. Ceri Jones plots the evolution and future of the can.

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Nov 2019

A University of Nottingham PhD candidate explains how gelcasing can be used for processing magnetic cores in complex shapes and dimensions.

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Nov 2019

A new grade of duplex stainless steel is helping improve plate heat exchanger performance.

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Nov 2019

Graphite-based synthetic diamonds are being used to make cutting tools that help maximise end product performance.

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Nov 2019

Institut Laue-Langevin D20 Instrument Specialist, Thomas Hansen, shares how research into iron could help us understand the magnetic properties of planets.

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Nov 2019

Diamond Light Source is producing magnetic imaging with polarised X-rays.

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Nov 2019

ANB Mining Ltd. Director and Principal Mining Engineer, Andy Birtles FIMMM, and ROST Inernational Trading Limited Director, Stuart Whitelock, discuss a popup solar plant designed for remote locations.

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Nov 2019

Material choices and welding techniques help China-based auto manufacturer produce lighter cars.

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Nov 2019

ELE International’s Gloabl Technical and Field Service Manager, Alfonso Rivera, explains how soil testing can be set up to run with the new AUTO Soils Consolidator (ASC).

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Oct 2019

Explore the process of automated microparticle analysis using Raman microscopy.

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Oct 2019

Learn how to test for accuracy in automated dosage injectors.

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Oct 2019

A robot arm and a fibre laser are being used together to help achieve a higher degree of accuracy with adding materials. 

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Oct 2019

Worldwide developments are affecting consumption and supply of rare earths.

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Analysis of the materials used in the UK’s ageing nuclear reactors shows there may be life in them yet.
Oct 2019

ETH Zurich has developed a solar mini-refinery capable of producing carbon neutral synthetic fuels from sunlight and air. But can it be scaled up?

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Works are in place to advance the knowledge and ensure technology transfer of commercially viable nuclear fusion power plants.
Plastic waste is a growing problem in the UK and some parties are divided about incineration to manage it. We look at the facts and speak to industry experts.
Oct 2019

Coal, wind and solar are parts of Australia’s energy mix. But with the states having much responsibility for distribution and technologies, how does the country move towards sustainability?

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Oct 2019

Out of slavery, inequality, and racial adversity, black engineers have made significant contributions to technological advancements and material marvels throughout history. Shardell Joseph looks at the obstacles that inventors faced, and their achievements in science. 

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Sep 2019

Dr Martens boots were a symbol of British craftsmanship and culture for decades, and the brand has successfully allied with multiple diverse groups over the years. How have these boots stood the test of time and what remains of the British manufacturing? Ceri Jones takes a look.

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Sep 2019

This month we highlight people who are consistently working to create a more diverse and equal STEM sector. Idha Valeur talks to Natalie Cheung and Siena Castellon, who are committed to improving and increasing acceptance in STEM careers.

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Sep 2019

Senior Scientist and Project Lead at Element Six, Dr Rachael Ambury CEng CSci FIMMM, winner of the IOM3 Robert Perrin Award for commitment to outreach activities, talks to Idha Valeur about the importance of outreach work.

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Sep 2019

An Olympus Europa Product Marketing Manager for Industrial Microscopes talks about the merits of digital microscopes in industry.

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Sep 2019

A Buehler EMEA Technical and Laboratory Manager explains how to use a universal tester for indentation hardness testing of materials.

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Sep 2019
 
An easy to use device can record cyanide levels on the spot.
Sep 2019

Côte d’Ivoire has emerged as a crucial player in the international gold supply chain.

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Sep 2019

Hydrothermal flow synthesis has been used to make new 2D materials at London South Bank University.

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Sep 2019

A Swansea University associate professor discusses the modern challenges in researching materials while adhering to strict operational guidelines.

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Sep 2019

Advances in technology are helping create consistently-sized metal powders.

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Sep 2019

Seals often fail because the material chosen wasn’t right for the object’s application. Find out how you can test a seal. 

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Sep 2019

The internet’s next generation is arriving globally, with promises of low latency that can deliver real-time speed, enabling autonomy.

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MATERIAL MARVELS: TEXTILES IN COUTURE CULTURE

Aug 2019

Look at a collection of materials at the core of couture, through the creativity of fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Aug 2019

Discover how noise-cancelling systems can improve interference in electron microscopy.

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Aug 2019

Learn how cobalt binders can improve material strength. 

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Aug 2019

The Flexible and Mobile Economic Mineral Processing project for the EU Horizon 2020 programme delivered tangible results.

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Aug 2019

Explore mining in the country with the world’s largest natural.

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Aug 2019

A new layering method is helping create terrific seals.

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Aug 2019

A new layering method is helping create terrific seals.

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Aug 2019

Discs up to 20cm in diameter are being produced by former IOM3 president Colin Humphreys FIMMM.

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Aug 2019

The Queensland University of Technology has been exploring organic 2D materials from molecular building blocks.

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Aug 2019

The realisation of integrated devices for high-performance electronics requires high-purity wafer-scale 2D materials.

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Aug 2019

The former president shares experiences testing brick and concrete absorbency, and life just after the marriage bar.

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Aug 2019

A novel method of producing ultrathin gold films offers great opportunities for optoelectronics.

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Aug 2019

Germany-based researchers discuss how weak van der Waals interactions have a strong impact on the properties of 2D materials.

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MATERIAL MARVELS: LA SPECOLA OBSERVATORY

Jul 2019
From medieval prison tower to observatory and now museum, La Specola has a rich history of redefining itself. Idha Valeur looks into how the building has been adapted for purpose and how it is maintained.

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Jul 2019
The education sector is giving technical skills another try by launching T Levels, but how will they work? Idha Valeur talks to the industry about the positives, negatives and actions required to ensure T Levels are a success.

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Jul 2019
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) Deputy Director for Technical Education, Carmel Grant, talks to Idha Valeur about T Levels, the curriculum and benefits.

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Jul 2019
Cole-Parmer Global Product Marketing Manager Mary Vessele and Content Specialist Dr Julia Lock discuss material fluidity.

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Jul 2019

Ruston Services Ltd, Staffordshire, UK, thermal analysis specialist, Phil Robinson, explains how to test for inconsistencies in polypropylene samples.

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Jul 2019
Michael Schwartz looks at the mainly untapped Canadian territory that is Yukon.

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Jul 2019
Founder and CEO of Edwards Innovations, David Edwards, makes a case for extending the use of polyvinyl alcohol to produce plastics that melt away. 

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Jul 2019
Andy Sweetman says cellulose-based and fossil plastics should be considered as complementary materials.

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Jul 2019
A relatively common material is not being embraced fully for building supplies.

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Jul 2019
Yvonne van der Meer talks about the hidden considerations of overlooked bio-based products.

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Jul 2019
Wood pulp and cornstarch-based materials are being used to make fully compostable sanitary pads.

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Jul 2019
A patent relating to a novel method for composite material processing is discussed by Dr Tahsin Ali Kassam at The IP Asset Partnership Ltd.

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Jul 2019
Cambond Ltd Founder Xiaobin Zhao discusses how algae can replace formaldehyde resins in wood panel products.

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Jul 2019
Founder and CEO of Edwards Innovations, David Edwards, makes a case for extending the use of polyvinyl alcohol to produce plastics that dissolve in water.

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HOW TO ... SPEED UP THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

Jun 2019

Explains how artificial intelligence can help bring new, high-performance materials to market for additive manufacturing applications, and other areas of design engineering.

Jun 2019

Find out how generative design tools helped optimise the manufacture of a Mars lander.

Jun 2019

One of Latin America’s ore giants is growing in size and global influence.  

Jun 2019

Liquid pressure forming is helping Alvant make aluminium composites lighter than traditional metals.

Jun 2019

3D printing a copper alloy has helped boost the performance of a liquid rocket engine.

Jun 2019

Robotic laying of carbon-fibre strips is pushing forward manufacturing efficiency.

Jun 2019

Metamaterials could improve the lifetime of satellites.

Jun 2019

Aerospace adoption of titanium aluminide has opened up the field for novel techniques in manufacturing. Metron CEO, Dimitris Katsanis, spoke to Materials World about his work with intermetallics.

Jun 2019

Carbon-fibre and 3D printing are improving the quality of surveillance through the use of drones at Liverpool John Moores University.

Jun 2019

NASA is exploring the feasibility of producing items in orbit, with a series of projects that could rapidly accelerate the capabilities of manufacturing methods.

Jun 2019

Explore the new challenges facing the interaction of defence and materials.

Jun 2019

From changing its shape to varying the use of materials, the wing is constantly evolving to improve aircrafts’ capabilities to build speed and save fuel. Shardell Joseph looks at some key innovations incorporated into wing design, and what to expect in the future.

PATENT OF THE MONTH – POTASH PIP TO COATED PIP

May 2019

Dr Tahsin Ali Kassam at The IP Asset Partnership Ltd discusses a patent relating to polyhalite as a seed coating.

May 2019

Materials World has evolved alongside  IOM3 and here, designers Lara Collins and Joe Rampley present a snapshot of some of the redesigns since the first issue in 1993.

May 2019

A short history of some of the women involved in the Institute's predecessors.
 

May 2019

Writ large above the rolling mills at the sprawling 13km2 integrated steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales, is the legend, ‘Our People Make the Difference’. Tata Steel Europe Director Technical UK and Chair of the Iron and Steel Society, Martin Brunnock, explains why it couldn’t be more true.

May 2019

What characterises a librarian? We speak to the IOM3 Librarians about a proud history of cataloguing and sharing technical information.

May 2019

IOM3 Trustee Gavin Bowyer recounts the founding of the Member's Benevolent Trust, which supports members and their families in times of need.

 

May 2019

Britain’s first oilfield started production in 1919. CNOOC International Limited Production Engineering Advisor, Craig Durham, looks at the project that laid down the law for oil production.

May 2019

Scientists and engineers have made major contributions to mining, from tools to drive efficiency to regulations and practices to prevent repeated disasters. The IOM3 Mining Technology Division lays out some of the critical contributions to the safety and economics of the mining industry. 

 

May 2019

What does it mean to be a professional engineer today? Engineering Council MarComms Manager Kate Webster discusses the future of skills.

May 2019

British Composites Society Board members Professor Steve Eichhorn, Paul Shakspeare and Chair Dan Kells, discuss the rapid and relentless success of composites across UK industries.

May 2019

The Ceramic Society talks about the importance of ceramic materials, their numerous beneficial properties and the prospects for future applications.

May 2019

The value of steel and future trends in the UK industry - Materials Processing Institute CEO, Chris McDonald, discusses.

May 2019

Polymers are changing, with developments focused on meeting our high demands while also addressing major global challenges in waste and recycling. IOM3 Polymer Society Divisional Board Chair, Stuart Patrick, discusses some ongoing projects.

May 2019

The newly established Surface Engineering Leadership Forum is working to promote the sector. Monitor Coatings Managing Director, Dr Bryan Allcock, and former IOM3 Materials Advisor, Dr Geoff Hale, discuss its role.

 

May 2019

Gaia Biomaterials UK Packaging Technologist, Donald Beaton, discusses how to get the best results from plant-based ingredients during polymer production.

May 2019

Better harvesting methods would help unlock the opportunities seabed minerals can offer.

May 2019

Policies, trade partnerships and politics can all influence what trees are available to harvest. What happens when the best timber is not available?

May 2019

IOM3 CEO Colin Church discusses the work ahead as the Institute strives to champion responsible materials development and waste management.

May 2019

IOM3 President Serena Best highlights the need for collaboration and inclusivity as we the Institute moves forward.

May 2019

Visitors to 297 Euston Road, London, have the chance to view a small exhibition related to Sir Henry Bessemer – engineer, inventor and entrepreneur – in 2019.

May 2019

The Duke of Devonshire was the first President of the Iron and Steel Institute. His inaugural address has points that remain valid for modern researchers and professional engineering institutions.

May 2019

Take a look at how IOM3 has grown from the Iron and Steel Institute to become a representative body of more than 20 divisions in 2019.

May 2019

IOM3 is looking to the future and celebrating young talent and ambition. Idha Valeur talks to the ones to watch in STEM.

 

May 2019

The Coal Authority Technical Lead – Chemistry and Process Engineering, Ben Cordier, talks to Idha Valeur about the IOM3 CEng in a day workshop, transferrable skills and combining digital and traditional skills.

 

May 2019

Navigating the skills landscape can be daunting when determining the key transferables, implementing digital and avoiding loss of knowledge. Idha Valeur talks to industry experts about where to start.

 

FRED STARR RECOLLECTS – ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

Apr 2019

Looking at the UK’s nuclear power prowess

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Apr 2019

Bicycles have been a staple of public transport since the early 1800s, but the invention of pneumatic tyres helped their popularity soar. 

Apr 2019

Understand a patent relating to a method of operating a press at two speeds during sheet metal forming.

Apr 2019

How to balance heat treatment with residual stress damage, and improving quality with vacuum technology.

Apr 2019

The first ever plastics were derived from plants, not oil, and were the foundations of new materials and industries. 

Apr 2019

Ireland has had several mines close down, but it still ranks highly for policy and investment. 

Apr 2019

Irish Composites Centre Researcher, Walter Stanley, talks about a new method for producing a high-grade composite from plastic waste.

Apr 2019

Nanotechnology is being harnessed to engineer advanced clinical treatments at a college in Ireland. 

Apr 2019

Industry 4.0 encompasses a wealth of technologies all promising a business advantage, but how useful are they really? 

Apr 2019

Siemens Ireland’s Domhnall Carroll speaks to Ceri Jones about future factories and manufacturing in Ireland.

Apr 2019

The emerald isle is choosing environmentally-friendly energy production methods, but peat remains a major source. 

Apr 2019

Robert Harrison discusses the use of tungsten to shield magnetic confinement fusion power plants from the star-like environments in a reactor’s core.

MATERIAL MARVELS: SHREWSBURY FLAXMILL MALTINGS – THE GRANDFATHER OF SKYSCRAPERS

Mar 2019

Shrewsbury’s flaxmill is recognised as the world’s first skyscraper, influencing architecture globally with its innovative iron-frame construction. Shardell Joseph looks into its history and plans for its restoration. 

Mar 2019

Lars Hansen, Associate Professor of Rock and Mineral Physics at the Rock Rheology Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK, discusses the development of a high-temperature uniaxial creep apparatus that also enables precise dynamic measurements to be undertaken at a wide range of frequencies.

Mar 2019

Maxim Vreeswijk of Imperial College London, UK, discusses his research on characterising the mechanical properties of interfaces in tooling material tungsten carbide-cobalt composites. 

Mar 2019

The cobalt sector is facing changing fortunes and immense challenges. Michael Schwartz finds out more.

Mar 2019

Shashi Paul of the Emerging Technologies Research Centre at De Montfort University, UK, discusses using silicon nano-structures for energy-related and electronic devices.   

Mar 2019

Biomaterials are improving aortic disease surgery, but current materials still have their limitations. Dr Riaz Akhtar of the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK, discusses progress.

Mar 2019

New requirements for military-grade galvanic corrosion protection require improved corrosion simulation tools. We hear more from CTO Keith Legg, Senior Scientist Siva Palani, and CEO Alan Rose at Corrdesa.

Mar 2019

McLaren’s Executive Director for Commercial and Legal, Ruth Nic Aoidh, talks to Ellis Davies about the company’s new factory in Sheffield, UK, and its approach to sourcing and manufacture.

Mar 2019

What is the journey to becoming chartered like? Idha Valeur gets insights from Chartered Engineers and industry bodies to hear their advice for others starting out on the same path.

Mar 2019

Lynsey Seal*, Principal Fire Engineer and Joint Head of London Fire Brigade’s Fire Engineering Group, talks to Idha Valeur about her journey to Chartership.

Mar 2019

UK manufacturing is breaking down barriers with a focus on lightweighting. The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is setting out to advance capabilities in the UK.

SUCCESS BEYOND EXPECTATION

Feb 2019

Fred Starr recollects on a visit to see CR Kennedy and his slag test rig at the Argonne National Labs, and the creation of "black snow".

Feb 2019

Isabelle Cauwet, Applications Engineer at Digital Surf, looks at the benefits of using software to enhance microscopy data.

Feb 2019

V&A Dundee opened last year, celebrating the country, the local area and its rich design history. Ceri Jones takes a tour of the building.

Feb 2019

Scotland – written off in some quarters but proving that its mineral wealth can induce a come-back. Michael Schwartz explores the region.

Feb 2019

Andre Boje, CEO of coal mining and trading company Minergy Limited, talks to Ellis Davies on the company’s Masama coal mine project in Botswana, its investment in mining and the future of coal in the energy mix.

Feb 2019

Water-lubricated composite bearings are an ever-evolving area of material development, as Riina Haaja discusses.

Feb 2019

In October 2018, HRH Prince Charles officially opened Balmoral Offshore Engineering’s subsea test facility in Aberdeen, Scotland, at the conclusion of its two-year £20m investment programme. Ellis Davies talks on the facility, its capabilities and various testing methods.

Feb 2019

Trelleborg Senior Design Engineer Tony Westerlund, talks to Ellis Davies about fire protection in offshore oil and gas environments, and the company’s recent DNV-GL certification for its fire protection product.

Feb 2019

Additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly mainstream. Here, Ellis Davies talks to Andy Simpson of Angus 3D Solutions, UK, and Jon Reilly of Markforged, USA, about the benefits and potential barriers of using the technology.

Feb 2019

Modern day metal forming has come a long way from the traditional hitting with a hammer. Ellis Davies takes a look at modern methods at the centre of forming research and development in Scotland.

Feb 2019

What are the material innovations helping to advance space and satellite technology? Robin Hague, Lead Engineer at Skyrora Ltd, Scotland, takes a look.

SPOTLIGHT: HOW TO... USE INTELLIGENT METAL TUBES IN INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES

Jan 2019

Erika Hedblom, Manager of Intelligent Tube Systems for Sandvik, Sweden, discusses how internal sensors and cloud computing can provide deeper process insights.

Jan 2019

Advances in the tailored fibre placement process have reinvigorated interest in the technique, which could inspire widespread adoption of carbon composites in the mainstream automotive industry and beyond. Richard Harrington investigates the latest refinements.

Jan 2019

An award winning copper extraction method using microwaves has been recognised for its contribution to the advancement of the field. Sam Kingman* looks at the method and its origins.

 

Welsh minerals has a glittering revival. Michael Schwartz takes a look.

Jan 2019

Paul Davies, Head of Engineering at University of South Wales, UK, talks to Ellis Davies about the university’s new aerospace academy in Dubai, UAE.

Jan 2019

Ashley Pursglove* explores the journey of materials development company Mμrex through projects, from medical devices to recycled plastics.

Jan 2019

Andrew J Pollard* and Charles A Clifford** of the National Physical Laboratory, UK, talk on the characterisation of graphene as a vehicle towards wider commercialisation.

Jan 2019

The Women’s Engineering Society has seen some significant figures and important events in both equality and engineering. Dawn Bonfield looks over the society’s last 100 years.

Jan 2019

Professor Steve Brown, Professor Claire Davis and Professor Martin Brunnock, look into how £7m of funding for a new virtual factory will aid the future of UK steel.

 

Training, upskilling and continued professional development are key areas for healthy future industry, but how can we close the skills gap in STEM? Idha Valeur gets insight from industry experts.

Jan 2019

Idha Valeur talks to Bethany Holroyd Engtech MICE, Project Coordinator and mental health first aider at WSP, about her alternative route into a career in STEM.

Jan 2019

The unassuming town of Matewan was the site of the Matewan Massacre and catalyst of the second West Virginia mine war. Khai Trung Le takes a look at the history of the town, and the impact on miners today.