• Graphene exists in the free state

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists have attempted to prove that a 2D gauze of carbon atoms, called graphene, can exist in the free state. The material has potential for use in the manufacturing of micromechanical switches and electronic transistors, and more immediately as a substrate to aid transmission electron microscopy.
  • MADE magazine

    MADE design magazine launched

    A new magazine, MADE, has been launched for the UK’s design and materials communities.
  • Scientist writing formulae

    Bumpy molecular structure improves hyperpolarisability of optical materials

    Materials World magazine
    Computer modelling techniques at Washington State University showed that varying the shape of molecules to produce a bumpy structure resulted in improved intrinsic hyperpolarisability and performance of optical materials. Studies of new molecules synthesised by a group at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have confirmed the effect.
  • MADE brings together materials and product design

    Materials World magazine
    The Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) aims to bring together the product design and materials communities. Events organised by MaDE have covered the disposal of fire-retardant bedding materials, architecture, intelligent textiles, natural materials, advanced ceramics, auxetic materials and intelligent interfaces. A materials resource centre is being developed at IOM3's London offices.
  • Lightweight, polymeric composite for protective clothing

    Materials World magazine
    A lightweight, breathable composite to protect military personnel and employees in the chemical industry has been developed by TDA Research Inc and the University of Colorado, USA, based on a combination of butyl rubber and liquid crystals. The polymer membrane obtained can be laminated onto fabrics to protect clothing against exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Boxing up

    Packaging Professional magazine
    The Australian research firm XQ says that food companies using corrugated box packaging could be paying less if suppliers took greater care to protect material during manufacture. XQ innovations has created a transportable tool that tests the strength of the packaging by measuring the frequency of vibrations that determines the stiffness of the card.
  • Prizes available for published work

    Acta, a non-profit organisation of which IOM3 is a cooperating society, has established the Student Award.
  • New sports design degree

    Materials World magazine
    The London Metropolitan Polymer Centre, UK, has launched a new undergraduate degree programme in Sports Product Design, intended to give materials students the skills and knowledge to design sports products of the future.
  • Emulating the beetle’s water harvesting capabilities

    Materials World magazine
    Research into emulating the Stenocara beetle’s water harvesting capabilities is ongoing at MIT in the USA, in order to develop a material for potential applications harvesting water, open-air microfluidic channels and controlled drug release coatings. The wings on the beetle's back are patterned with superhydrophillic bumps on a waxy superhydrophobic background.
  • 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.