Materials World February 2019

This month we’ve been considering Scotland and some of the team were lucky enough to visit the beautiful country, myself to see the brand new design museum V&A Dundee and its fascinating building that’s causing a stir (page 48), and Ellis to learn about the pioneering technologies and facilities available to local industries as part of ongoing industrial growth (page 26). Sadly, this was Ellis’s last issue with us, so I’d like to thank him for his hard work delivering your magazine for three years, and wish him well on his next venture. Part of this work was learning about Skyrora, a firm designing and building Scotland’s first private venture rockets and launchers, and the potential to create an aerospace sector in the country. Similarly, we look at Scotland’s range of capabilities, both emerging and expanding, to see how the offerings in forging, forming, offshore subsea testing and additive manufacturing are helping enrich local businesses and grow national sectors. Our regional report focuses on Scottish extractives, including gold, oil and gas. We also speak to Minergy about the new opportunities to invest in coal, Trelleborg about fire protection for offshore environments, hear what waterlubricated composite bearings can offer, and cover all the regular features.

We hope you enjoy it!

Ceri Jones, Editor

News this issue:

Patent of the Month

Balancing the impact and utility of concrete

The UK Waste Strategy

Fish ears can provide data on water contamination

Real-time radiation testing

How a new switching system could make phones and power cables more durable

Adhering without adhesives

How seaweed can produce sustainable plastics

Expanding coherence with 2D materials

Synthesising catalysts for energy storage

Monitoring the beating heart

Features this issue:

Success beyond expectation

Spotlight: How to... get more out of scanning probe microscopy data

Material marvels: Scotland’s Finest - V&A Dundee