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.

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.

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.

IOM3 education initiative backed by three Worshipful Companies

Materials World magazine
The Worshipful Companies of Founders, Ironmongers, and Armourers and Brasiers have endorsed and sponsored a new IOM3 initiative for school teaching staff to be held at the Materials Congress 2006. A programme has been developed combining part of the Congress programme and a materials education session at the Tower of London, UK.