Researchers at the Universities of Oregon and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have used a modulated elemental reactant method to synthesise thin nanocrystalline WSe2 structures with the lowest ever recorded thermal conductivities for a fully dense solid. The technology may lead to improved insulation in a number of applications.
An Anglo-Spanish Eureka project involving Tecvac, Cambridge UK, has developed wet-chemical and plasma stripping processes for stripping hard-wearing non-friction coatings from the surfaces of steel, titanium alloys and hard metal tungsten carbide tools and components in sectors such as aerospace and biomedicine. But as well as ease of application, the ability to remove these layers is essential.
A light-activated anti-viral nanocoating for antimicrobial textiles has been developed. This novel coating stems from extensive research on nanotechnology and aims to modify the surface of polymers and fibres to reduce infections in hospitals.
SAE VII, the seventh in the series of ‘Structural Adhesives in Engineering’ conferences, will unfortunately be the last, following the decline in attendance and in the numbers of presentations submitted.
Southside Thermal Sciences (STS) Ltd, London, UK, plans to begin final trials of its 'smart' thermal barrier coating (TBC) for online non-destructive inspection of gas turbines used in power generation and aircraft. The coating works by embedding the ceramic surface with rare earth ions that have a phosphorescent response under excitation light and will reveal information about temperatures at the surface and subsurface of the coating, as well as erosion and changes of phase composition.
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network, a new partnership between businesses, universities, and research and technology organisations to boost UK manufacturing, was inaugerated by Science and Innovation Minister Lord Sainsbury, on 19 January.
Diarmiud Gavin's Silver-Gilt Medal winning garden at the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show utilises steel balls sprayed and fired to fuse the coloured glass to the steel at a temperature above 800 degrees Celsius.