Materials World October 2007
Welcome to the October issue of Materials World, which this month focuses on polymers and composites. Stephen Kyle-Henney, Managing Director of TISICS Ltd, discusses the European aerospace opportunities for titanium composites, while professor Frank Jones of the University of Sheffield, UK, reports on the self-healing of matrix resins that can enhance the structural health of composite materials. Other related articles focus on the Nadcap composite accreditation programme and the use of natural polymers combined with inorganic carbonates to create tough and resilient composites. In other feature stories, Michael Forrest, President-elect of the London and Southern Counties Minerals Industries Institute (MinSouth), looks ahead to 2008 when the society will celebrate its 50th anniversary, while Richard Crockett of the Mining Institute of Scotland Ltd provides an overview of the institute’s history and future aims.
In our news section, the Materials World team takes a look at the pros and cons of biofuels and a novel peptide-based hydrogel that may one day be injected to repair human tissue.