Materials KTN and SMART.mat launch

Materials World magazine
The Materials KTN was launched on 19 January 2006 at the Science Museum, London, UK, and will bring together industry and research expertise to provide a one-stop shop for materials advice to UK industry. SMART.mat, a new DTI initiative to help industry to exploit ‘smart' technology, was launched at the same event.

Tunnel vision

Materials World magazine
Researchers from Surrey University, UK, have developed a quantum electronic device made from nanometre-thick layers of amorphous carbon which exhibit a decrease in current beyond a certain voltage, or a negative resistance. The work could lead to low-cost switching applications for use in panel displays or mobile phones.

Tyred out

Materials World magazine
Mining companies are reporting critical shortages of large, off-the-road tyres. The problem is affecting operations worldwide and is driven by the high demand for commodities of all types that are being consumed at ever-increasing rates and prices, with China leading the way.

Ups and downs in Chinese mining

Materials World magazine
Two news items cover the occurrence of an explosion at a privately-owned Chinese coal mine in Anhui which claimed 12 lives, and an agreement with Papua New Guinea which will allow teams of Chinese explorers to search the country for precious and base metals.

Starpack 2006 now open for entries

Entries are invited for the 2006 Starpack Awards, the packaging industry's most prestigious award scheme.