Materials World April 2019

We’re going green this issue, looking to the emerald isle to find out about the exciting projects underway across Ireland and Northern Ireland – and there’s quite a range. We kick off with an in-depth analysis of the country’s energy landscape to ask why Ireland is so far from meeting its carbon emission reduction targets and what can be done to avoid the looming penalties. Read more about the challenges on page 26.

In manufacturing, we explore the real-world benefits of adopting Industry 4.0 technologies, getting insight from Siemens Ireland (page 30) and Queen’s University Belfast (page 32) into their different approaches to supporting advances in local and global industry. A new composite made from recycled PET is offering another life for binned bottles, and on page 40 we speak to the developers at University of Limerick to hear how it could help turn Ireland’s waste into resource.

Also, we look at the health of the Irish mining industry, hear how nanotechnology is supporting biomedical research, and consider the importance of cellulose in the development of early plastics.

For the team, we have welcomed our new Commissioning Editor, Anthony, who you can contact regarding submissions and topics you’d like to read about. And don’t forget, next month is our anniversary issue and members can expect to receive an extra special celebratory magazine. Please do check your subscription is up to date as you won’t want to miss it.

Ceri Jones, Editor

News this issue:

Packaging manufacturer introduces new recyclable black plastic food trays

Eradicating mercury from artisanal and small-scale mining

Barrick and Newmont join forces to operate Nevada complex mining

Kew Gardens scientists create wood database to combat illegal logging

Triple battery storage capacity achieved by incorporating nanomaterials

Rare precious metal osmium challenges the diamond industry

New microscopy technique can help store hydrogen in metal

Light-as-air ceramics could be used for cooling spacecraft

Saving energy with heat pipe exchangers in ceramics

Insight into a low tariff ceramic industry in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

Eviation Aircraft and Siemens’ collaboration for electric airplanes

Casa Ojalá – the sustainable, portable home

Water harvesting hydrogel

How industrial food waste can be profitable biogas

A new fibre that are both strong as metal and elastic as rubber

A bionic hand able to restore sense of touch

Monitoring health with a graphene patch

Features this issue:

Material Marvels: The first pneumatic tyres