Materials World July 2006

In a month when the football World Cup hogs the headlines, it seems only fitting that the July issue of Materials World should focus on materials in sports. Materials innovations in two sports are explored as Ken Ebert, Head of Segway Composites, continues his mission to create the perfect surfing experience and John Minett of B3 Technologies looks to capture a Winter Olympics gold for England's skeleton bob team. The importance of high quality bicycling materials for both safety and creating a competitive edge are addressed in Dr Nigel Mills' look at helmet production and Gino Ballavia's explanation of the quality checks on lightweight magnesium alloy frames. In other features, we focus on one Australian mine's rocky history in vanadium production, and engineer Peter Raleigh describes the difficulties construction companies have faced in building the Oporto Metro in Portugal.

In our news section, Materials World concentrates on plastics. Sir Richard Friend offers his views on the rising development of polymer-based electronic devices. IOM3 fellow Professor Phil Coates was rewarded for his contributions to plastics at the recent Plastics Industry Awards, and Dr Robert Quarshie of the Materials KTN provides an overview of one of its nodes, Faraday Plastics. In other news, Sally Wilkes interviews Mike Gowan about his career in mine waste, and the Metals Academy has coordinated some new initiatives that aim to attract recruits to the metals industry.


Features this issue:

James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis and natural uranium reactors