Materials World December 2018

December has arrived and our thoughts are turning to endings and beginnings. Here at the Institute, our long-standing CEO Bernie Rickinson, who many of you will know and most likely have met over the years, has stepped down. We speak to Bernie about his memories of IOM3 and plans for the future on page 27. And with his departure, we have welcomed new CEO Colin Church, who joins us from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, as you will have read in last month’s issue. With so much change in only a few months, we’re excited to see how this will shape Materials World going forward.

For now, we’re looking to the theme and this month we explore technology. We have prepared a wide range of features, including the various paths to commercialisation for the material of the moment, graphene, on page 30, we hear from Lien Ngo of Innovate UK about the inevitable intersection of AI and battery technologies and how this will necessitate the creation of an Internet
of Materials, and examine the novel use of sulphur waste as a feedstock for polymer production.

Also, we look at the wide-ranging potential of bamboo grass and self-healing materials, get insight into the fly ash industry, and have a special focus on mining, with a look at financial vehicles to address decommissioning problems in the USA, global bauxite production, and the successes of the UK-Russia mining dialogue recently held at our offices. All this plus our regular items.

We hope you enjoy this issue, and whatever you’re planning for the winter holidays. Have a wonderful end of 2018, and we’ll see you in the new year.

Ceri Jones, Editor

News this issue:

The black widow's steel strength web

World premiere of the first 3D-printed steel bridge

New process for bark utilisation

How a mantis shrimp packs a punch

Shape memory alloy reinforces building

How we talk about plastics

Patent of the Month – extreme heat

The future of UK mining

Photosynthesis for self-healing polymers

3D printing opportunities in blood vessels

The cost of going nuclear

Colombia embraces women in emerald mining

Polymer from the membrane

Binding with graphene

Features this issue:

Spotlight: How too... employ quenching and partitioning

Material Marvels: Nidarosdomen