• IOM3 education initiative backed by three Worshipful Companies

    Materials World magazine
    The Worshipful Companies of Founders, Ironmongers, and Armourers and Brasiers have endorsed and sponsored a new IOM3 initiative for school teaching staff to be held at the Materials Congress 2006. A programme has been developed combining part of the Congress programme and a materials education session at the Tower of London, UK.
  • IOM3 Schools Affiliate Scheme

    Materials World magazine
    The Schools Affiliate Scheme was launched in 1999 to assist with the teaching of materials, minerals and mining topics in the secondary school curriculum, and to promote materials science, technology and engineering as potential careers. The institute attends other events such as those organised by The Association for Science Education and UCAS.
  • Rubbery material for purifying hydrogen

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the University of Texas, USA, have developed a rubbery material that can purify hydrogen efficiently in its most usable form for fuel cells and oil refining. The membrane material has been used to successfully separate hydrogen from carbon dioxide and other contaminant gases, and could also replace an expensive step in petrochemical processing.
  • Self-supporting scaffolds for biomedical applications

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at University College London and Queen Mary, University of London have developed a technique for electrospinning self-supporting scaffolds from polymeric fibres using electrohydrodynamic jet assembly. Biological applications are considered because of the biocompatability of the matieral and its ability to act as a scaffold for cell growth, in creating structures ranging from nanometres to millimeters.
  • Third annual Manufuture Conference

    Materials World magazine
    The third annual Manufuture conference was held as part of the UK Presidency of the European Union. Key stakeholders in R&D were able to raise their concerns about the strategic research agenda for manufacturing currently being developed by the European industry and research community.
  • Polypropylene fibres reinforce soil at green verges or overflow car parks

    Materials World magazine
    The UK's Transport Research Laboratory is studying the use of polypropylene fibres to reinforce soil manufactured from secondary aggregates in the form of sandstone quarry surplus, together with green waste compost, as a sustainable alternative to concrete and bitumen for green verges or overflow car parks. Concrete and bitumen rely on primary aggregates, are resource intensive and aesthetically displeasing for areas that experience only occasional traffic.
  • Seminar on modern packaging design with anti-counterfeiting techniques

    Materials World magazine
    The seminar, organised by the Midland societies of IOP: The Packaging Society, and held in March 2006 in Derby, UK, will examine issues and solutions concerning brand and product piracy. Topics covered will include incorporating RFID into packaging and smart labels, and smart inks and other novel laser-activated security solutions.
  • SMART.mat - the UK's Smart Materials, Surfaces and Structures Network

    Materials World magazine
    SMART.mat is a node of the materials KTN that implement information and outreach activities to allow the business community to become better informed about the benefits of using smart materials and to facilitate the development of new products and applications. The aim is to bring industry and academia closer and to foster joint projects and collaborations.
  • Tyred out

    Materials World magazine
    Mining companies are reporting critical shortages of large, off-the-road tyres. The problem is affecting operations worldwide and is driven by the high demand for commodities of all types that are being consumed at ever-increasing rates and prices, with China leading the way.
  • Ups and downs in Chinese mining

    Materials World magazine
    Two news items cover the occurrence of an explosion at a privately-owned Chinese coal mine in Anhui which claimed 12 lives, and an agreement with Papua New Guinea which will allow teams of Chinese explorers to search the country for precious and base metals.

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