• Plasma-coated stent

    3D plasma coating technique prevents stents from clogging

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the University of Ulster, UK, have developed a 3D plasma coating technique to prevent stents from developing neointima, where thick muscle tissue grows over the surface, leading to the blood vessel narrowing again. Thin films of carbon, ceramics and platinum are coated using the new method to prevent clogging.
  • Tony Kinloch

    Second adhesion scientist to be awarded an FRS

    The Society for Adhesion & Adhesives
    Tony Kinloch has been awarded fellowship of the Royal Society, only the second adhesion scientist to be so honoured.
  • Corrosion Management in the Power Industry: Current Problems and Future Challenges - meeting report

    Surface Engineering Division
    This was a very successful meeting, held in London in April 2007, attracting a total of 33 delegates from a wide range of UK manufacturers and utilities. The workshop included...
  • Adhesive and Sealant Council Inc launches web service for international affairs

    The Society for Adhesion & Adhesives
    The ASC has launched a new internet resource dedicated to international affairs highlighting government regulations, legislative directives and industry standards pertaining to adhesion and adhesives, organised by geographic region.
  • Self-healing anti-corrosion mechanism uses encapsulated corrosion inhibitors

    Materials World magazine
    A self-healing method for structural and functional materials developed by the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany, and the University of Aveiro, Portugal, combines passive barrier and active anti-corrosion mechanisms in one system. Conventional anti-corrosion silica-zirconia sol-gel film matrices are doped with ‘polyelectrolyte nanocontainers’ that release encapsulated organic corrosion inhibitors.
  • Woolly jumper

    Thin film tungsten diselenide structures with ultra-low thermal conductivities

    Materials World magazine
    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.
  • Stripping processes for hard-wearing coatings

    Materials World magazine
    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.
  • Light-activated anti-viral nanocoating

    Materials World magazine
    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.
  • Improved test method for intumescent steel coatings

    Materials World magazine
    International Fire Consultants Ltd’s 3D interpolation method offers an improved technique to determine the performance of intumescent coatings used for heat insulation on steel structures.
  • Change of SAA chairman

    The Society for Adhesion & Adhesives
    By the end of June, the then current Chairman of the SAA - Dr. John Comyn - completed three years in post. In accordance with the society's articles of association...