• Speeding up solder search for aerospace

    Materials World magazine
    Nanoindentation is helping UK researchers to accelerate the search for reliable lead-free solders for use in electronics in aerospace. Scientists at Oxford University are characterising SAC materials, which are alloys of tin, silver and copper (Sn-Ag-Cu).
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    Energy Transition Group
    Registration for Offshore Europe 09 is now open. The Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition attracts a global audience of engineers, technical specialists, industry leaders and experts, to share ideas, debate the issues of the moment and to create common agendas for the future of the upstream industry. To register go to http://www.offshore-europe.co.uk/page.cfm/Link=1/t=m/goSection=1
  • High resolution transmission electron image of one of the genetically designed high strength maraging stainless steels, showing the Ni3Ti and Cu nanoprecipitates as predicted by the model. Image courtesy of Dr Vitaliy Bliznuk

    ‘Short circuiting’ alloy design

    Materials World magazine
    Developing TRIP steel, stainless steel and other advanced alloys may become faster using a novel genetic algorithm-based thermokinetic computer model.
  • In vivo images for a control (a) and tumor (b) device three days after being implanted. Superimposed over the device is a pseudo-colourised map of the transverse relaxation time (T2) within the device (colour bar on the left). The T2 of the sample device is lower than the control device, indicating the presence of human chorionic gonadotrophic at the tumor site

    Continuous cancer monitoring in vivo

    Materials World magazine
    Non-invasive, continuous, in vivo monitoring at the site of cancerous tumours may eventually be possible thanks to research at MIT, USA. Scientists are looking into what they say is the first implantable device that can fulfil this function, using superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles.
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    High speed patterning of hydrogels

    Materials World magazine
    Direct laser interference lithography can speed up micropatterning of hydrogels for biomedical applications with improved resolution, says Dr Andrés Lasagni in Germany.
  • Surfaces on the London Underground may be an application area for the anti-pathogenic nanomaterial

    Anti-pathogenic refractory material

    Materials World magazine
    A multifunctional nanomaterial to combat viruses, bacteria and fungi is under investigation by scientists at Intrinsiq Materials, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. They are exploring its application within and on the surface of products such as disposable medical devices, filtration media, facemasks and hygienic surfaces.
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    Coating titanium

    Materials World magazine
    A process for imparting wear, abrasion and chemical resistance to titanium components has been developed, say researchers at Hardide Coatings, based in Bicester, UK. The Hardide-T coating, made from nanostructured tungsten carbide, is applied using low temperature chemical vapour deposition (CVD).
  • Woman in hospital bed

    Probing multifunctional materials

    Flame-retardant coatings and anti-bacterial bedsheets are just two outputs of a pan-European research project to develop multifunctional products from paper and textiles for buildings, transport, health and personal protection.
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    Standardising nanotechnologies

    Materials World magazine
    The views of industry, researchers and the wider materials community are being sought to standardise nanotechnologies. The UK was the first country to set up a national committee for this purpose, which is vital to support commercialisation and market development as well as ensure consumer acceptance.
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    Lost in translation? Science in the media

    Materials World magazine
    Nuclear power, packaging, climate change and transport are just some of the areas that are receiving more column inches and airtime in the mainstream media. Scientists’ input to the debate is vital, but often they feel misrepresented or ignored. Rupal Mehta explores the relationship between science and the media, the challenges, and why it is a three-way street.