Laser welding of dissimilar materials

Materials World magazine
Using a novel joint design, laser welding of dissimilar materials can be transformed, according to scientists at The Welding Institute (TWI), Cambridge, UK. This could improve the quality of lightweight magnesium and aluminium alloy components used in the automotive sector.

Plastic laser one step closer

Materials World magazine
Polymer lasers could be one step closer to reality thanks to research conducted at the University of California at Los Angeles, USA, using a luminescent semiconducting polymer. Such devices offer potential for brighter and cheaper polarised light sources.
Hydrogen molecules (red) surround an ethylene molecule (green) that is attached to two titanium atoms (blue)

Hydrogen storage at room temperature for fuel cells

Materials World magazine
Scientists at the University of Virginia, based in Charlottesville, USA, claim to have discovered a material, made from titanium atoms complexed with ethylene, that can store large quantities of hydrogen at room temperature. This could help in the search for a more efficient and affordable hydrogen-powered fuel cell.

Technology transfer from academia to industry

Materials World magazine
Academic research with a view to commercialisation is becoming increasingly popular. The number of university spin-out companies and partnerships with industry is growing. Rupal Mehta investigates the reality behind this entrepreneurial spirit.
Ore haul truck in Pilbara, Western Australia. Partners in Performance, based in Sydney, Australia, addressed debottlenecking, planning and scheduling, and haul-road maintenance at the mine site

Resource efficiency in mining and minerals processing

Materials World magazine
Skipp Williamson, Managing Director of Partners in Performance (PIP), in Sydney, Australia, discusses how mining and minerals processing companies can improve operational performance and ensure resource efficiency.