The structural model of a mineral with the dispersed pollutant molecule (the red spot). Image courtesy of Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research.

Formaldehyde-busting minerals

Materials World magazine
Formaldehyde emissions from particleboard can be reduced using zeolites, say researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research in Braunschweig, Germany.

Waste textiles work against fire

Materials World magazine
A consortium of UK companies says it has developed a method for producing flame-retardant products that use only recycled textiles and sustainable FR components, promising cheaper products and reduced landfill.

Thermoplastics show their feathers

Materials World magazine
Waste chicken feathers are being used to create biodegradable, inexpensive, thermoplastics as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics.
Steel mill in Bremen, Germany

Magnetising steel byproducts

Materials World magazine
A research project in the Ukraine has shown that oxidising slag from steelmaking to turn non-magnetic iron monoxide into magnetite may be practicable.
Two diffusion cells with built-in clay cylinders and vials with pore water containing neptunium and plutonium and a peristaltic pump. Image courtesy of the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry at the University of Mainz, Germany

Clay – a radioactive waste solution?

Materials World magazine
Researchers are trialling deposits of Opalinus clay found in Switzerland and the southern part of Germany, to store radioactive plutonium and neptunium.