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.

PowdermatriX network expands

Materials World magazine
The PowdermatriX Faraday Partnership, a node of the Materials KTN, has built an effective network of over 200 organisations for particulate engineering in three years. While focused on the advanced ceramic, powder metal, hard metal and magnetics industries, the network has attracted a wider range of sectors including pharmaceuticals and food. Stuart MacLachlan reports on its success.

Metallurgy training at the Atomic Weapons Establishment

Materials World magazine
Due to a shortage in trained metallurgists, the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Reading, UK, is now recruiting personnel with qualifications in materials science, materials engineering and chemistry who will be trained through its in-house programme. New recruits will receive practical training that requires a fundamental understanding of basic metallurgical principles.

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.

New NGO for disaster waste management

Materials World magazine
An NGO to address disaster waste is being established by Martin Bjerregaard, a consultant at Golder Associates. The idea grew from his work in areas such as Banda Aceh, Pakistan and New Orleans. The group will work with local governments to ensure waste management is integrated from day one of the recovery process.