• Mine waste produces fuel

    Materials World magazine
    Power generation from acid mine drainage (AMD) is the subject of research being conducted at Pennsylvania State University, USA. The team is investigating treatment of mine waste using a specially developed fuel cell that generates electricity while recovering ferric iron for use in pigments.
  • Speedy solutions for broadband

    Materials World magazine
    Broadband speed in households could be increased by replacing copper wires with plastic optical fibres, according to the results of an EU-sponsored research project. The initiative, Paving the Optical Future with Lightning-Fast Links, has focused on making polymethyl methacrylate cost effective and capable of high data capacity for transmission, improving on glass optical fibres.
  • New look at titanium dioxide extraction

    Materials World magazine
    A simpler, cheaper and greener method of extracting higher yields of white titanium dioxide powder from mineral ore has been developed, as a result of research conducted at the University of Leeds, UK.
  • Single-layer fuel tanks

    Materials World magazine
    A single-layer polyurethane and nylon film fuel bladder that is crash resistant and uses 60% less volatile organic compounds than traditional bladders has been developed by GKN Aerospace, based in Reddich, UK.
  • Customising rapid manufacture

    Materials World magazine
    The EU Custom-Fit project has developed techniques for the rapid manufacture of customised helmets, surgical implants, car seats and prostheses made from multiple materials .
  • Smoother catheter coating

    Materials World magazine
    A hydrophilic, polymeric coating for urinary catheters that makes them more durable and smooth has been developed by Lombard Medical Technologies, based in Sheffield, UK.
  • Manufacturing cheaper organic light emitting diodes

    Materials World magazine
    GE Global Research has developed a roll-to-roll process, similar to that used in newspaper printing, to mass-produce organic light emitting diodes. The company claims this technology will lower the cost of producing organic electronic products, which will be key if these devices are to succeed in the marketplace.
  • Extreme UV lithography to power electronics

    Materials World magazine
    US computer processing company AMD, in collaboration with IBM, has announced the development of a 22x33mm working test chip using extreme ultraviolet lithography for the critical first layer of metal connections across the entire chip.
  • Lead paste recycling

    Materials World magazine
    A more environmentally friendly technique for recycling lead paste from lead acid batteries has received a proof-of-concept grant from the UK’s East of England Development Agency (EEDA). The method reduces energy consumption as well as carbon and sulphur dioxide emissions, compared to existing approaches.
  • Automotive seat base made from die cast aluminium. Image courtesy of Bühler Group AG, Switzerland

    Novel heat treatment solution for die cast aluminium

    Materials World magazine
    The automotive industry could benefit from a novel heat treatment process for high-pressure die cast (HPDC) aluminium components which enables doubled mechanical strength and higher fatigue resistance. Scientists at the Light Metals Flagship of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) believe the resulting cost effective and resource efficient HPDC components could replace sand-cast and permanent mould cast aluminium alloys and wrought products in certain applications.

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