Silicate sieves absorb hexavalent chromium waste

Materials World magazine
Researchers at Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, have produced novel titanium-modified mesoporous silica compounds that are used in silicate sieves. These selectively absorb and desorb ions which could be used to remove the carcinogenic substance, hexavalent chromium, found in wastewater from tanneries, dye and pigment factories, and the electroplating industry.

£50 million of funding for research and development projects

A DTI competition for funding will distribute £50 million to collaborative research and development projects.

Cars, components and composites – special edition Institute journal

The automotive sector has a dedicated special issue in the international journal Plastics, Rubber and Composites.

Postgraduate Literature Review competition

Postgraduate students wishing to enter the Institute's Literature Review Prize should submit extended abstracts by 15 November 2006.

Fire-resistant ceramic polymer

Materials World magazine
Ceram Polymerik have commercialised a material that sheds its outer layer, changing from a polymer to a more fire-resistant ceramic with life saving potential. It is hoped the material which cromprises of a polymer matrix, minerals, inorganic fluxing components and functional additives, can be used in future passive fire protection products.