• Single-layer fuel tanks

    Materials World magazine
    A single-layer polyurethane and nylon film fuel bladder that is crash resistant and uses 60% less volatile organic compounds than traditional bladders has been developed by GKN Aerospace, based in Reddich, UK.
  • Smoother catheter coating

    Materials World magazine
    A hydrophilic, polymeric coating for urinary catheters that makes them more durable and smooth has been developed by Lombard Medical Technologies, based in Sheffield, UK.
  • Manufacturing cheaper organic light emitting diodes

    Materials World magazine
    GE Global Research has developed a roll-to-roll process, similar to that used in newspaper printing, to mass-produce organic light emitting diodes. The company claims this technology will lower the cost of producing organic electronic products, which will be key if these devices are to succeed in the marketplace.
  • Exploring plastic components with electronically active surfaces

    Materials World magazine
    Coating thin films of electronically active surfaces onto plastic components by exploding the layers into the moulding tool during injection is the focus of a £300,000 research programme at the University of Warwick, UK. The team is looking to refine the technology for products such as packaging with moving displays.
  • Oil-repelling materials

    Materials World magazine
    Polymeric microfibres may hold the key to the first simple process for manufacturing super oil-repelling (oleophobic) materials.
  • New packaging standard

    Packaging Professional magazine
    The Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials now includes non-food packaging, announced the British Retail Consortium (BRC) at the standard's launch on 17 December 2007
  • Auxetic materials to tackle thermal mismatch in composites

    Materials World magazine
    Thermal mismatch in carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy composites can be overcome using auxetic polymers, according to researchers at the University of Bolton, UK.
  • New sports technology institute at Loughborough

    Materials World magazine
    Hailed as one of the world’s most advanced sports technology centres, the Sports Technology Institute in Loughborough, UK, is set to open on 27 February.
  • Glow in the dark garments

    Materials World magazine
    Battery-powered electroluminescent (EL) yarns are being developed at The University of Manchester, UK, to create clothing that glows in the dark, allowing the wearer to be visible in all lighting conditions, improving personal safety.
  • A dented car

    Twinning induced plasticity (TWIP) steel improves car safety

    Materials World magazine
    The Max Planck Institute for Iron Research (MPIR) in Dusseldorf, Germany is seeking to further the development of twinning induced plasticity (TWIP) steel which has has been engineered to absorb energy in the event of a vehicle collision.