• Junior Euromat 2008

    Junior Euromat 2008, a four-day informal poster conference, will be held at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, from 14-18 July.
  • 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.
  • Biomimetic smart polymer goes from hard to soft

    Materials World magazine
    A new polymer nanocomposite that turns from hard to soft and vice versa on exposure to chemical stimuli, such as water, could be used in bulletproof vests and implants for artificial nervous systems to treat strokes or spinal cord injuries, say US researchers.
  • A single bundle of electrospun submicron polycaprolactone fibres. The team at The University of Manchester believes the material could aid regeneration in tendons.

    Electrospinning biomaterials for tendon repair

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists at The University of Manchester, UK, are investigating the use of electrospun polycaprolactone nanofibres to regenerate damaged tendons. Because the bundle of fibres replicates the morphology of tendon tissue, researchers envisage that the synthetic structure will perform the mechanical function of the tendon while it repairs itself, as well as act as a temporary scaffold to promote cell migration and new tissue formation.
  • crack in material

    Healing cracks in materials through an electric field

    Materials World magazine
    A computational study has shown that cracks in conducting or semiconducting materials could be healed or inhibited by applying an electric field.
  • Simpler surface analysis

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at Germany’s national metrology institute, have developed a faster and easier method for analysing surfaces with different reflectivities.
  • Plastic laser one step closer

    Materials World magazine
    Polymer lasers could be one step closer to reality thanks to research conducted at the University of California at Los Angeles, USA, using a luminescent semiconducting polymer. Such devices offer potential for brighter and cheaper polarised light sources.
  • Micro and nanolevel patterning of substrates

    Materials World magazine
    A team exploring more cost effective 3D, non-planar, micro- and nanolevel patterning of substrates at Newcastle University, UK, has received £90,000 worth of additional funding.
  • New sports technology institute at Loughborough

    Materials World magazine
    Hailed as one of the world’s most advanced sports technology centres, the Sports Technology Institute in Loughborough, UK, is set to open on 27 February.
  • Oil-repelling materials

    Materials World magazine
    Polymeric microfibres may hold the key to the first simple process for manufacturing super oil-repelling (oleophobic) materials.