Review of the London Materials Society Schools Event held on 9 March 2006

London Materials Society
The event at The Wallace Collection was attended by 32 students and four teachers. The collection bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, widow of Sir Richard Wallace, in 1897 is one of the finest and largest collections of works of art presented to any nation by a private individual. The collection holds furniture, sculpture, porcelain and paintings especially 17th and 18th century French paintings as well as a famous collection of European and Oriental armour.

IOM3 Schools Affiliate Scheme

Materials World magazine
The Schools Affiliate Scheme was launched in 1999 to assist with the teaching of materials, minerals and mining topics in the secondary school curriculum, and to promote materials science, technology and engineering as potential careers. The institute attends other events such as those organised by The Association for Science Education and UCAS.

Rubbery material for purifying hydrogen

Materials World magazine
Researchers at the University of Texas, USA, have developed a rubbery material that can purify hydrogen efficiently in its most usable form for fuel cells and oil refining. The membrane material has been used to successfully separate hydrogen from carbon dioxide and other contaminant gases, and could also replace an expensive step in petrochemical processing.

Self-supporting scaffolds for biomedical applications

Materials World magazine
Researchers at University College London and Queen Mary, University of London have developed a technique for electrospinning self-supporting scaffolds from polymeric fibres using electrohydrodynamic jet assembly. Biological applications are considered because of the biocompatability of the matieral and its ability to act as a scaffold for cell growth, in creating structures ranging from nanometres to millimeters.

Third annual Manufuture Conference

Materials World magazine
The third annual Manufuture conference was held as part of the UK Presidency of the European Union. Key stakeholders in R&D were able to raise their concerns about the strategic research agenda for manufacturing currently being developed by the European industry and research community.