Junior Euromat 2008

Junior Euromat 2008, a four-day informal poster conference, will be held at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, from 14-18 July.

Speedy solutions for broadband

Materials World magazine
Broadband speed in households could be increased by replacing copper wires with plastic optical fibres, according to the results of an EU-sponsored research project. The initiative, Paving the Optical Future with Lightning-Fast Links, has focused on making polymethyl methacrylate cost effective and capable of high data capacity for transmission, improving on glass optical fibres.

Camborne School of Mines appoints first female head

Mining Technology Division
The University of Exeter has appointed Professor Frances Wall as Head of Camborne School of Mines (CSM). Prof Wall will be the first woman to lead CSM in its 120 year history.

New look at titanium dioxide extraction

Materials World magazine
A simpler, cheaper and greener method of extracting higher yields of white titanium dioxide powder from mineral ore has been developed, as a result of research conducted at the University of Leeds, UK.

Single-layer fuel tanks

Materials World magazine
A single-layer polyurethane and nylon film fuel bladder that is crash resistant and uses 60% less volatile organic compounds than traditional bladders has been developed by GKN Aerospace, based in Reddich, UK.