Exfoliated vermiculite is discharged from the microwave system

Microwaving minerals

Materials World magazine
Microwaves can exfoliate vermiculite using less energy and producing far less dust than gas or oil-fired furnaces, claim engineers from the University of Nottingham, UK.
A film produced from the wood hydrolysate

Films from wood

Materials World magazine
A biodegradable gas barrier film or coating is being developed from an offshoot of the pulp and paper industry.
Starpack Awards logo

New look for Starpack website

A new website is launched for the Starpack Awards. The new site brings Starpack into the main IOM3 website, displaying the latest news on both the 2009 awards and the 2010 briefs.
Twinings teabags wrapped in home compostable film Natureflex. © Innovia Films

Bigging up bioplastics packaging?

Materials World magazine
Putting ‘brand identity’, ‘joined-up thinking’ and ‘communication’ into action could set the tone for a more cohesive and better understood bioplastics packaging industry.
Dr Andres Lasagni

A researcher perspective from Germany

Materials World magazine
Dr Andrés Lasagni of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology, in Dresden, offers Meagan Ellis a foreigner’s guide on living and working in the scientifically strong culture of Germany.