Energy efficient silicon chip

Materials World magazine
A silicon chip with a DC/DC converter built directly onto it has been shown to operate at 0.3V, making it 10 times more energy efficent than standard electronic chips.
A single bundle of electrospun submicron polycaprolactone fibres. The team at The University of Manchester believes the material could aid regeneration in tendons.

Electrospinning biomaterials for tendon repair

Materials World magazine
Scientists at The University of Manchester, UK, are investigating the use of electrospun polycaprolactone nanofibres to regenerate damaged tendons. Because the bundle of fibres replicates the morphology of tendon tissue, researchers envisage that the synthetic structure will perform the mechanical function of the tendon while it repairs itself, as well as act as a temporary scaffold to promote cell migration and new tissue formation.

Cutting costs in optical fibres

Materials World magazine
Hollow-core optical fibres can be manufactured in a day rather than a week by changing their structure, reducing the overall cost of fabrication, according to scientists at Bath University, UK. They believe this could lead to faster and more powerful optical telecommunications, laser machining, and cheaper generation of X-ray or ultra-violet light for use in biomedical and surgical optics.

Cheaper materials for solar cells

Materials World magazine
One of the UK's largest photovoltaic solar energy research projects, PV-21, is investigating a replacement for the rare and expensive indium used in the conductors and semiconductors of solar cells.

Rapid prototyping for corrugated packaging

Packaging Professional magazine
A new rapid-design centre for corrugated packaging at Encase in Leeds, UK, uses computer aided 3D design software to turn a pack concept into a production-ready prototype, all in one day. The service, which tracks the pack's journey through the supply chain, is on offer for customers involved in supermarket retail, white and brown goods, DIY, component manufacture, and the automotive and technology sectors.