Profiling a packaging designer

Materials World magazine
David Jackson is fulfilling his childhood ambition of becoming a designer and is determined to make his mark in the packaging industry. Rupal Mehta talks to the youngest member of the Institute's Packaging Board about his experiences in the world of print and packaging.

Smithers Group buys Rapra

Materials World magazine
The Smithers Group, an independent organisation based in the US, has bought Rapra Technology, the UK polymer research centre.

Nanogenerators for electrical energy

Materials World magazine
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, have developed nanogenerators from zinc oxide nanowires. When the wires are bent and released, electricity is produced through the piezoelectric effect. By building an array of nanowires, enough power may be produced to power nanoscale devices.

Natural ventilation in buildings based on termite mounds

Materials World magazine
A team of mechanical and civil engineers at Loughborough University, UK, hopes to construct buildings that can create comfortable living conditions by extending the use of renewable forms of energy, based on the chimney-style, passive, ventilation systems created by the species of termites, Macrotermes michaelseni found in Namibia.

TechniTex Faraday helps the UK's technical textiles sector

Materials World magazine
As part of the series on the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Brian McCarthy, Director of the TechniTex Faraday, gives an overview of his organisation and its role within the network.