Understanding the cooling phase of fire in buildings

Materials World magazine
A joint project by the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh in the UK (with industrial support from Ove Arup and Corus) involved modelling and testing the behaviour of composite steel-concrete floor plates as a fire cools down.
Television screen

Lights on for organic light emitting transistors

Materials World magazine
Scientists in Italy have developed organic light-emitting transistors (OLETs) that are said to be 10 times more efficient than those previously reported and twice as efficient as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The technology could be used to fabricate monitors with improved resolution and may enable the development of electrically pumped organic laser devices using transistors with no loss of light.

Batteries power on

Materials World magazine
A novel computer model is said to have yielded new titanate structures for improved performance of rechargeable lithium ion batteries used in consumer electronics and electric vehicles.

Bricks from bacteria

Materials World magazine
Bricks, grown at room temperature from bacteria, sand, and urea, could drastically reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint, their developer claims, at the American University of Sharjah in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
NPL's electromechanical thermal test system

The UK's National Physical Laboratory opens its doors

Materials World magazine
Opening its doors for the first time in over 20 years for World Metrology Day, the UK’s National Physical Laboratory in Teddington took a noble stab at enlightening the public on the crucial role materials and their measurement play in everyday life.