• The impact of COVID-19 on materials, minerals and mining communities

    The escalation of COVID-19 during 2020 has posed great challenges for individuals as well as organisations and has also led, in some cases, to new opportunities to rethink the way of working. This report considers the impact of the pandemic on several industries and examines what may lie ahead.
  • IOM3 digital transformation and rebranding update

    The first phase of the IOM3 digital transformation project was launched at the end of January, consisting of a fully functioning membership management system and new Member Portal that allows members to update their details, select their technical and communications preferences, pay subscription fees, download invoices for past payments and access all our online Member Benefits, as well as providing online joining for new members
  • A spotlight on self-healing flexible electronics

    Materials World magazine
    A stretchable material that can repair itself also illuminates visibly at low voltages. Shardell Joseph finds out how.
  • Healing bandages

    Materials World magazine
    Alternative cotton dressings for diabetic wounds and burn injuries could aid the healing process by releasing an agent to promote new blood vessel formation.
  • Self-repairing rubber made from industrial waste

    Materials World magazine
    A new rubber can be repaired and returned to original strength at room temperature in minutes, say researchers from Flinders University, Australia. The rubber, made from industrial waste products including sulphur, canola cooking oil and dicyclopentadience (DCPD) from petroleum refining, is also said to be suitable for recycling.
  • IOM3 on inclusivity

    The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) prides itself on valuing inclusivity and stands in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the fight against racism, especially in the light of the shocking events in the USA and subsequent protests.
  • Biomedical device for health monitoring is powered by sweat

    Materials World magazine
    An electronic skin powered by sweat offers a new mode for tracking health at molecular levels. Idha Valeur reports.
  • Patent of the month – Intellectual property for R&D

    Materials World magazine
    Rayyan Mughal, of Marks & Clerk Law LLP, looks at what you need to consider when working in international R&D teams, collaborations and university spin-out companies.
  • Industrial mask in use

    International challenge: develop a new reusable and efficient face mask

    IOM3 Content Cafe
    An online competition for new reusable mask models that help protect against Covid-19 while letting people breathe in effort-intensive jobs. Cash prize available.
  • Younger Members’ Committee changing its name

    IOM3 Student & Early Career Committee (SECC)
    The Institute and its committees are always working to ensure that we stay in line with the ever-changing demands of today’s world. An area of improvement that has been identified is what is defined as ‘young’ in either academia or industry, in today’s world. Consequently, the YMC has reviewed its name and Terms of Reference to address the needs of those members no longer defined by age limits.