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Creasolve process reactor

Recycling WEEE polymers

Materials World magazine
As of July 2007 the waste electrical and electronic equipment regulations (WEEE) require manufacturers to recycle waste from electrical and electronic goods. The UK's Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP), aims to remove brominated flame retardants, harmful dioxins emitted during reprocessing. Creasolv and Centrevap are two extraction methods.
Carbon nanotube array

Creating longer nanotubes

Materials World magazine
Attempts to grow carbon nanotubes have had limited success. However researchers from the Universiy of Cincinnati in the USA, claim to have used a novel composite catalyst made of alternating layers of metal and ceramics, to grow the world's longest array of aligned carbon nanotubes carbon nanotubes that have high mechanical, electrical and optical properties.
Air gaps microprocessor

Air-gap insulation method increases chip speed

Materials World magazine
Air gap insulation between copper wires in microprossesors can increase chip speed making them more efficient, say researchers at IBM.

Safety comes first at Baggeridge Brick

Clay Technology magazine
Baggeridge Brick's Rudgwick site in West Sussex is the first UK brick factory to receive OHSAS 18001 certification. The standard rewards the development of an occupational health and safety management system. Baggeridge has been addressing health and safety work practices as part of the ‘Pledge' made by members of the British Ceramic Confederation in 2000. The aim is to reduce the number of working days lost due to work-related injury and ill health by 30% by 2010, as well as ensuring each staff member has received relevant training.

Making sense of minerals sorting

Materials World magazine
A near infrared spectrometer for automated mineral sorting is close to production. The imaging specrometer developed by Spectra-Map produces a fingerprint from the reflectance of specific wavelengths to separate and characterise a range of minerals.

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