Abstract Deadline approaching for SPE EUROTEC™ Conference

The Polymer Society
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is inviting papers at its inaugural EUROTEC technical conference in Barcelona, 14-15 November 2011.
Scanning electron micrograph of carbon microspheres prepared from waste plastics

Turning around waste plastics

Materials World magazine
An upcycling process has been found that can turn mixed waste plastics into perfectly spherical carbon microspheres for use as anode materials in rechargeable batteries and heat-dispersing agents in car tyres.

Making a non-corrosive connection

Materials World magazine
A non-metallic, non-glue, connection system for timber structures could find use in corrosive environments, such as swimming pools and grit salt storage facilities, as well as the renovation or restoration of historic frames.
Michael Petterson climbing

Rock steady - profile of a geologist

Materials World magazine
As a former Assistant Director of the British Geological Survey (BGS), Professor Michael Petterson’s geological dexterity has taken him across the world. Ledetta Asfa-Wossen learns more about a professional journey that has led to work on the second largest copper deposit in the world.

Optimising iron and steel waste

Materials World magazine
Solutions for waste recovery have gained impetus in recent years. The Waste Recovery in Ironmaking and Steelmaking Processes event, held in London, UK, symbolised the importance of sharing knowledge in the sector.