• New packaging standard

    Packaging Professional magazine
    The Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials now includes non-food packaging, announced the British Retail Consortium (BRC) at the standard's launch on 17 December 2007
  • Gene therapy with biodegradable polymers

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at MIT, USA, are manufacturing biodegradable and non-viral polymers that bind to and condense DNA into nanoparticles that are ready to be injected into the body for use in gene therapy.
  • Next-generation nanowire memory devices

    Materials World magazine
    Research performed at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, has taken a step closer to creating faster and longer lasting memory devices using phase-change materials at the nanoscale.
  • Testing orthopaedic implants coated with carbon nanotubes

    Materials World magazine
    Orthopaedic implants that monitor the healing process and speed up bone growth may be achievable using carbon nanotubes, say researchers at Brown University in Providence, USA.
  • Spectroscopy influences nanoscale electronics design

    Materials World magazine
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) USA, in conjunction with IBM and MIT are using a spectroscopic technique to characterise magnetic structures of nanoscale thin films. These results could influence the design of nanoscale electronics.
  • T-Mag process

    New division for Australia's materials industry

    Materials World magazine
    Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has launched a Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) division to help the country’s manufacturing industry become globally competitive. The division combines most of CSIRO materials chemistry, materials physics and materials engineering research into one body.
  • Nanoparticle production

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists from the North West Laser Engineering Consortium at the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, UK, say they have developed a more efficient way of producing nanoparticles using a continuous wave (CW) fibre laser.
  • Schematic of the optical sensor

    Super-sensitive optical chemical sensor in development

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at Southampton University, UK, are developing an optical chemical sensor made from optical fibre stretched to around 400nm. They claim it can detect compounds with a sensitivity of one molecule in 10 million. This is 10 times more sensitive than other sensors available, and could be used to detect minute amounts of toxins or explosives.
  • Clay nanoparticles enhance latex emulsion paints

    Materials World magazine
    Polymeric latex emulsion paints can be made more hardwearing and fire resistant by incorporating clay nanoparticles, according to research conducted at the University of Warwick, UK. These paints are applied as waterborne and automotive coatings, or as a binding material in cement, mortar, asphalt, carpet and paper.
  • Etched trench in silicon film

    Novel technique developed to grow semiconductors on silicon

    Materials World magazine
    AmberWave Systems, based in Salem, USA, has developed a novel technique to grow semiconductors, such as germanium, gallium arsenide and indium phosphide, on silicon. Researchers hope the method will lead to faster and smaller transistors, and cheaper lasers and photonic devices. Faster and smaller transistors are the key to extending Moore's Law - the chip industry axiom that predicts doubling the number of transistors in an integrated electronic circuit every two years will improve performance. The team has epitaxially grown non-silicon semiconductors through chemical vapour deposition.