Lightweight, polymeric composite for protective clothing

Materials World magazine
A lightweight, breathable composite to protect military personnel and employees in the chemical industry has been developed by TDA Research Inc and the University of Colorado, USA, based on a combination of butyl rubber and liquid crystals. The polymer membrane obtained can be laminated onto fabrics to protect clothing against exposure to toxic chemicals.

MADE brings together materials and product design

Materials World magazine
The Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) aims to bring together the product design and materials communities. Events organised by MaDE have covered the disposal of fire-retardant bedding materials, architecture, intelligent textiles, natural materials, advanced ceramics, auxetic materials and intelligent interfaces. A materials resource centre is being developed at IOM3's London offices.

X-ray microscope for imaging materials at the nanoscale

Materials World magazine
An X-ray microscope has been developed at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, for quantitative and non-destructive 3D imaging of materials at the nanoscale. Applications include porous materials, semiconductors, inorganic nanostructures and biomaterials.

Crowning glory

Packaging Professional magazine
The Ballantine's hip flask, designed by French company Hot Shop and made by CROWN Speciality Packaging for Chivas Brothers, was the winner of the overall Supreme Gold Award and Gold Award at the Best in Metal Awards, showcasing achievements in metal packaging.