Biomimetic smart polymer goes from hard to soft

Materials World magazine
A new polymer nanocomposite that turns from hard to soft and vice versa on exposure to chemical stimuli, such as water, could be used in bulletproof vests and implants for artificial nervous systems to treat strokes or spinal cord injuries, say US researchers.
Professor John Pethica

Measured approach

Materials World magazine
Professor John Pethica, Chief Scientific Advisor at the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL), describes his career leading up to the NPL, the materials testing specifications and standards adhered to by the organisation, and what steps he thinks the UK should take to foster a successful science industry.

Unlocking uranium’s chemistry

Materials World magazine
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh, UK, have taken the most common form of uranium, uranyl dication (UO22+), found in the natural environment and nuclear waste, and converted the chemically un-reactive compound into a reactive molecule. The team believes this could improve understanding of nuclear materials and waste, and the ability to handle them.

Teacher’s experience at Materials Congress

‘Smart materials – smart move’ is the theme of the teacher’s experience to be held on 14 May in Grantham as part of Materials Congress. The all-day session will focus on smart materials with a view to support the science and technology curriculum for 12-16 year olds.
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Draft programmes available for Materials Congress

Draft programmes for Materials Congress are now available online.