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