Materials World March 2019

The March issue of Materials World looks at England’s Northern Powerhouse – the government initiative focused on deep investment outside of London to support growth and lay the foundations for future opportunities in the North.

As such, billions of pounds have been allotted to fund manufacturing, transport, research, skills and culture across northern cities and for local businesses. We’re already seeing the impact of this ongoing investment and how the region is proving attractive to new ventures, which the minister for the programme, Jake Berry MP, discusses on our opinion page.

We visited the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to hear about its mission to achieve world-class lightweighting capabilities and spoke to McLaren Automotive about the company’s decision to open a new factory in the same area. Also, we assessed the prospects of tungsten in nuclear at the Universities of Manchester and Huddersfield.

Further afield, we look at tungsten for tooling applications, a new approach to military-grade corrosion prevention, discover how biomaterials are improving vascular surgeries, hear about silicon nano-structures for electronics, and get the mining report on cobalt.

This month’s professional development section is focused on the journey to becoming chartered. Four professionals share their experiences of the process and tips on how to give yourself the best start.

If you would like to see your work featured or have a professional development or Material Marvel topic you want to read more about, do get in touch.

Ceri Jones, Editor

News this issue:

Making aluminium alloy 7075 weldable

Printing metals with crystal formations

Wooden buildings reach new heights

A strong, mouldable graphene

Say no to repellent fabrics

Bacteria forming high-grade copper

Repairing the landscape of Brazilian mining

Patent of the Month – defect detection

Get talking – The Northern Powerhouse

The new braille e-reader

Preserving master art works

Improving photodynamic therapy by turning visible light into infrared energy

Features this issue:

Q&A with Lynsey Seal from London Fire Brigade

Working towards Chartership

Material Marvels: Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings – The grandfather of skyscrapers