A water barrier film that is reportedly 1,000 times more effective than other technologies on the market has been developed by researchers at the Institute of Materials Reseach and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore. By using metal nanoparticles suspended in a monomer solvent, sensitive devices like organic light emitting diodes and solar cells could be protected from moisture damage.
A full listing of presentations is now available for Materials Congress, which is being held from 13-15 May in Grantham, UK. The technical symposia and masterclasses incorporate an exciting array of speakers representing a vast array of sectors.
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.
An environmentally friendly method for introducing hydrophobic propeties and electrical conductivity to wood fibres has been developed by researchers in Finland. This could find use in packaging, composite and paper applications.