Carbon nanotubes for neural engineering

Materials World magazine
Scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, USA, have developed vertical free-standing carbon nanofibres for use in neural-electrical interfaces. These could improve implantable biomedical devices for managing Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and depression.

Ceramic filter to reduce greenhouse gases

Materials World magazine
A ceramic material that can filter oxygen from the air could be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power stations.
Porous carbons

Characterising porous carbons

Materials World magazine
Quantachrome Instruments, based in Boynton Beach, Florida, USA, has launched a novel pore size calculation tool for porous carbons and activated carbon fibres. The quenched solid density functional theory is designed to take into account surface roughness and chemical hetrogenity and could be used for energy storage, supercapacitors, carbon dioxide capture and sequestration and gas seperation.
Scientist with a test-tube

Silsesquioxane pre-polymer can enhance abrasion resistance

Materials World magazine
Researchers at TWI, Cambridge, UK, have created a silsesquioxane pre-polymer that can enhance abrasion resistance in a variety of end use applications.

Building blocks - National Skills Academy

Clay Technology magazine
Proskills has succeeded in its bid to establish a National Skills Academy (NSA). It is designed to deliver technical and management skills for the processing and manufacturing industries, which includes the building products sector. The Proskills Building Products Group, which comprises representatives from Baggeridge Brick, Ibstock Brick and Hanson have been consulted on the plans.