• Materials solutions for climate troubles

    Materials World magazine
    The Energy Materials Working Group of Materials UK has launched its Strategic Research Agenda for the energy sector over the next five, 10 and 20 years.
  • Oil-repelling materials

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

    Non-stick coating reduces food waste, facilitates recycling

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany are using plasma processing technology and novel thin films to explore the potential for using non-stick packs in reducing food waste and making recycling easier.
  • Chip held between fingertips

    Semiconductor chip detects environmental parameters

    Materials World magazine
    A semiconductor chip whose surface can sense parameters such as temperature, humidity, light and certain gases is being developed by wireless sensor manufacturers ChipSensors.
  • 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.
  • Lasers

    Laser processing of medical devices

    Materials World magazine
    A conference on Opportunities on 7 November 2007, Laser-based Manufacturing in the Medical Sector held in West Bromwich, UK, discussed the need for novel and more lucrativate laser tooling applications for the production of medical devices.
  • Testing orthopaedic implants coated with carbon nanotubes

    Materials World magazine
    Orthopaedic implants that monitor the healing process and speed up bone growth may be achievable using carbon nanotubes, say researchers at Brown University in Providence, USA.
  • Non-stick coating reduces food waste, facilitates recycling

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany are using plasma processing technology and novel thin films to explore the potential for using non-stick packs in reducing food waste and making recycling easier.
  • Anti-corrosion technology for automotives with no heavy metals

    Materials World magazine
    International Ford Motor Company has developed an anti-corrosion coating that does not use heavy metals. The company claims the pre-treatment process is more efficient as it reduces water usage in automotive paint shops by half and decreases the production of waste sludge by 90%. The technique makes use of a zirconium oxide vehicle bath rather than the conventional heavy metal zinc phosphate bath
  • Polystyrene nanosphere dyes

    Polystyrene nanospheres replace toxic dyes to produce structural colours

    Packaging Professional magazine
    With increasing concerns about the use of traditional dyes on the environment, materials that use polysytene nanospheres rather than toxic dyes to produce colour have been the subject of research by scientists at the University of Southampton, UK. The sphere size controls the wavelength which light is reflected and scattered from the film, offering new possibilities for structural colours. The materials have already attracted the interest of Unilever, Kodak, Merck and Degussa for applications ranging from packaging to automotives.

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