In our third part of our WIM3 podcast series, Dr Fiona Robinson FIMMM, talks to Maria Holloway–Strong about her career in geotechnical engineering and the construction industry and juggling being a parent with a career.
The University of Nottingham, UK, has launched a project to investigate how mussels stick to wet and wave-hit rocks using collagen-rich sticky threads, ending in adhesive pads, known as plaques and how this might solve materials questions.
With papers including Fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces based on fluorosilane and TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposites, Superhydrophobic silicone rubber surface prepared by direct replication and Surface modification of tool steel by cathodic cage TiN deposition.
In our latest instalment of our new series, Dr Fiona Robinson FIMMM, Vice Chair of Women in Materials, Minerals and Mining (WIM3) group, speaks to Artemis Stamboulis who is Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials and Nanomaterials at the University of Birmingham, UK.
‘For the first time, we have demonstrated that it is possible to produce sustainable [electronic wearable] displays that are largely based on natural materials with the help of industrially relevant production methods,’ claims Manuel Pietsch, Researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s (KIT) Light Technology Institute, Germany.
As the world gears up for a green recovery, calls grow stronger for a new framework of mineral resource governance to tackle issues such as sand and mine tailings management – topics explored at a recent webinar organised by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership.
Manufacturing metals at the nanoscale can make them four times harder, claim scientists at Brown University, USA. By smashing individual metal nanoclusters together, they customise metallic grain structures from the bottom up to form “macroscale hunks” of solid metal.
Molten carbonate salts are one of the key ingredients of an iron-air battery that could extend the range of electric vehicles (EV) and ships, while being fully recyclable, sustainable, low-cost and safe, say scientists at the University of Nottingham, UK.
The Magic of Materials Summer School is a free three-day residential course introducing students aged 14-15 to materials science and engineering. It will be held on 12–14 July 2021 at St Paul’s School, London.