Plastics, Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering publishes special issue on manufacturing and design of composites

The December special issue of Plastics, Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering contains 14 contributions reporting the latest research in the manufacturing, design and recycling of advanced polymer matrix composites.

Applied Earth Science publishes special issue on chromitite deposits

Published in December 2009, this special issue of Applied Earth Science is dedicated to advances in the understanding of chromitite deposits. The issue consists of papers specially commissioned by the guest editors, Sisir K. Mondal, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Iain McDonald, Cardiff University, UK, to review current research in this field.

Advances in Applied Ceramics publishes special issue on applications of polymer derived ceramics

Published in November 2009, this themed issue of Advances in Applied Ceramics is dedicated to the active interdisciplinary research topic of applications of polymer derived ceramics (PDC). Guest editors, Professor Paolo Colombo (University of Padova, Italy and the Pennsylvania State University, USA) and Dr. Gunter Motz (University of Bayreuth, Germany), commissioned a series of papers with the aim of stimulating use of these novel materials in key engineering fields.

Superspreading revealed

Materials World magazine
A UK consortium is modelling how trisiloxane surfactants ‘superspread’ across hydrophobic surfaces at the nanoscale. The aim is to develop guidelines for synthesising safer surfactants and provide advice on how to control the stages of spreading to suit a particular application

Plastics monitoring falls inline

Materials World magazine
Real-time monitoring of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) production is now possible, claim researchers in Germany. Their technique uses a combination of laser reflectance measurements and video monitoring to follow ethylene polymerisation in stirred slurries under different conditions.