• 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.