• Biomimetic coating for electric transmission

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), USA, are developing a coating, based on the water repelling, microscale surface structures and nanoscale waxy protrusions of the lotus leaf. It is hoped that the technology may be used to help conserve energy in electric transmission systems, by creating a self-clean insulator surface to prevent leaking, currents, dry band arcing and flashover.
  • Cars, components and composites – special edition Institute journal

    IOM3
    The automotive sector has a dedicated special issue in the international journal Plastics, Rubber and Composites.
  • New carrier for drug administration

    Materials World magazine
    Successful tests on a new carrier for drug administration have been announced. New porous crystalline nanomaterials were developed last year by researchers at Institut Lavoisier, Université de Versailles, France. They hope to tailor the pore shapes and sizes for individual pharmaceuticals to determine the desired dosage.
  • Powerful spectroscopic microscope examines atomic scale

    Materials World magazine
    Imperial College London, UK, has purchased the FEI Titan 80-300, one of the most powerful microscopes in the world. The monochromated microscope allows scientists to analyse materials on the atomic scale and enables spectroscopy with excellent energy resolution.
  • DTI supports materials community

    IOM3
    Margaret Hodge, Minister for Industry and Regions at the DTI, has pledged full Government support for the continuing work of Materials UK.
  • Winners announced for IOM3 Awards and Prizes 2006

    IOM3
    The winners of the Institute's Awards and Prizes 2006 have been announced.
  • National finalists come together for the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition

    IOM3
    Materials and minerals scientists and engineers from across the world will compete in the second Young Persons' World Lecture Competition on 20 June.
  • Novel and conductive properties of new ceramic material

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, UK, have been studying the properties of an unusual ceramic. The material is an oxide of manganese and has been found to conduct electricity only in certain directions, offering the potential for new designs for electronic devices.
  • Innovations in plastics - the ANTEC conference

    Materials World magazine
    More than 700 technical papers were presented at the Society of Plastics Engineers' ANTEC conference, held in Charlotte, South Carolina, in early May 2006. Topics covered included nanomaterials and the modification of polyolefins.
  • New nano learning opportunities

    Materials World magazine
    University College London, UK, launched a Nanotechnology MSc course in September 2006. The course will focus on various areas of nanotechnology, including physical science, nanoscale processing and characterisation, experimental techniques, business aspects, nanoelectrical devices and quantum computation and communication.

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