• water droplets on wood surface

    Making wood fibres water-resistant and conductive

    Materials World magazine
    An environmentally friendly method for introducing hydrophobic propeties and electrical conductivity to wood fibres has been developed by researchers in Finland. This could find use in packaging, composite and paper applications.
  • Next-generation nanowire memory devices

    Materials World magazine
    Research performed at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, has taken a step closer to creating faster and longer lasting memory devices using phase-change materials at the nanoscale.
  • Fridge magnets

    Refrigeration using magnetic cooling technology

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers from the Risoe National Laboratory - Technical University of Denmark, in Roskilde, have used magnetic cooling technology to bring environmentally friendly refrigeration closer to development. Magnetic cooling technology exploits materials such as gadolinium which heat up when exposed to a magnetic field and cool down when that field is removed.
  • Nanoparticle production

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists from the North West Laser Engineering Consortium at the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, UK, say they have developed a more efficient way of producing nanoparticles using a continuous wave (CW) fibre laser.
  • Clay nanoparticles enhance latex emulsion paints

    Materials World magazine
    Polymeric latex emulsion paints can be made more hardwearing and fire resistant by incorporating clay nanoparticles, according to research conducted at the University of Warwick, UK. These paints are applied as waterborne and automotive coatings, or as a binding material in cement, mortar, asphalt, carpet and paper.
  • Hollow ceramic components produced by rotary moulding cuts costs

    Materials World magazine
    Research at CERAM, Loughborough University and Queens University Belfast shows that rotary moulding can be adepted to reduce production costs, and waste from hollow ceramic items. The technology, widely used to manufacture hollow polymer objects, enclosing a ceramic slip in a closed mould that is rotated around two axes while being heated in an oven.
  • Winners announced for IOM3 Awards and Prizes 2006

    IOM3
    The winners of the Institute's Awards and Prizes 2006 have been announced.
  • PowdermatriX network expands

    Materials World magazine
    The PowdermatriX Faraday Partnership, a node of the Materials KTN, has built an effective network of over 200 organisations for particulate engineering in three years. While focused on the advanced ceramic, powder metal, hard metal and magnetics industries, the network has attracted a wider range of sectors including pharmaceuticals and food. Stuart MacLachlan reports on its success.

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