Materials World May 2016

For this issue, the features theme is infrastructure, Natalie Daniels has assembled an impressive panel of experts to discuss transport issues. Peter Wilder’s discusses flood defences systems and the benefits to our roads and railways. 

In this month's news, Rhiannon Garth Jones was in her element finding out how synchotron X-ray techniques were being used to unravel ancient scrolls. Event reports also include the soft opening of the Materials Science Institute at Lancaster University, as well as Advances in Camouflage Science and Engineering conference, jointly chaired by UK and Swedish members of the IOM3 Defence, Safety and Security Committee. Enjoy the issue and remember to download the Materials World app for exclusive extras at




News this issue:

China’s 5-Year Plan: the effect on energy

Country report: Denmark

Scanning ancient scrolls

Professor Rob Shepherd discusses his work developing soft robotics

Hot topic: driverless cars

Paper-like battery electrode made with glass-ceramic for space exploration

Plant-based biodegradable water bottle fights plastic waste

Lancaster’s material growth

Copper electrodes may save steel industry

Europe and Japan zigzag towards graphene

Camouflage materials adapting to improved detection

UK’s best future in steel research and niche production

Features this issue:

Q&A on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Q&A with Dr Andrew Pollard on standardising graphene

Mark Godden shares his thoughts on CE marking for stone

Material of the Month: Gold

Talking aerospace engineering and STEM with Emma England

Daniel Pyke shares his story on changing career paths

Spotlight: a focused inspection