• Natural ventilation in buildings based on termite mounds

    Materials World magazine
    A team of mechanical and civil engineers at Loughborough University, UK, hopes to construct buildings that can create comfortable living conditions by extending the use of renewable forms of energy, based on the chimney-style, passive, ventilation systems created by the species of termites, Macrotermes michaelseni found in Namibia.
  • TechniTex Faraday helps the UK's technical textiles sector

    Materials World magazine
    As part of the series on the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Brian McCarthy, Director of the TechniTex Faraday, gives an overview of his organisation and its role within the network.
  • Review of the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

    Materials World magazine
    The DTI has published its conclusions following a review of the implementation of the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. The review involved consultations with key stakeholders, weighing up the concerns and needs of SMEs against those of larger organisations.
  • Securing Australia's future mining workforce

    Materials World magazine
    Australia's minerals industry has seen the launch of numerous initiatives aimed at educating, recruiting and retaining high calibre personnel. The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance has announced a three-year, 'Skills for Growth' package, and The Queensland Government Department of Education and Arts has launched a Minerals and Energy Academy aimed at encouraging high school pupils to take up careers in the minerals and energy sector. Rupal Mehta looks more closely at the skills shortage down under.
  • Copper's antimicrobial properties could be employed to create hygienic surfaces in hospitals, such as doors, door knobs, counter tops and bed rails. Image: Nick Yarsley

    Antimicrobial properties of copper

    Materials World magazine
    Recent research at the University of Southampton, UK, has shown that copper surfaces could help to prevent the spread of Influenza A viruses that cause seasonal and epidemic flu infections. Ongoing research has proved the significant antimicrobial effects of copper and its alloys.
  • Faraday Plastics continues following RAPRA administration

    Materials World magazine
    The administration of RAPRA should not affect the networking services offered to the plastics and polymer community by Faraday Plastics, a node of the Materials KTN.
  • Materials Innovation and Growth Team final report

    Materials World magazine
    The Materials Innovation and Growth Team had been given the responsibility for finding a UK materials strategy with 10-to-20 year horizons. The final report was presented at a meeting on 8 March 2006. Actions proposed include greater efficiency within the whole materials industry is to be achieved through activities such as the Materials KTN, the promotion of best practice, sector technology roadmaps, and a lifecycle analysis database, which will be known as the Materials Property Validation Centre (MPVC).
  • Automated underground waste disposal

    Materials World magazine
    Developed by Envac Centralsug in Sweden, the automated underground waste disposal system uses pressure suction. Refuse is deposited into an inlet an, when full, the bags fall by gravity into a network of pipes and are sucked into collection stations. The refuse falls into a compactor for packaging into a sealed container.
  • 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.

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