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£1 billion Advanced Propulsion Centre announces Hub location at Warwick
11 August, 2014
The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has selected the University of Warwick as the site for its Hub location, supporting the ten year, £1 billion industry and government commitment to the development of low carbon propulsion
3D printing trials of unmanned aircraft with one-way tickets
22 April, 2014
Engineers at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield are working on the prototype of a 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle. Low production costs might lead to 3D unmanned aircraft that could be disposable and sent on
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Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
University of Manchester : 20 September, 2014  (Technical Article)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development of new materials which are light, flexible and very strong: just as chainmail was a breakthrough over heavy suits of armour in medieval times, this could be a big step towards materials created using nanotechnology.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences : 20 September, 2014  (Technical Article)
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the best silicon switches.
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology : 20 September, 2014  (New Product)
A new type of cement is currently being tested on a large scale in India. Known as LC3, this new blend substitutes up to half of the carbon intensive materials traditionally used to make cement with highly abundant clays.
European partners collaborate in ′development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Centre for Printed Electronics (CPI) : 20 September, 2014  (Technical Article)
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation films with high performance barrier properties. There is an industry need for the creation of alternative technologies and materials that have equal performance but deliver low cost, sustainable, transparent and flexible products for these applications. Throughout Europe, it is proving extremely difficult to develop the manufacture of these alternative materials beyond laboratory scale to the position where they are available in large area quantities at a price compatible with supporting market growth.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond : 20 September, 2014  (New Product)
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
High speed direct detection camera aids observation of facet development in nanocube growth
Gatan : 20 September, 2014  (Application Story)
For nearly 150 years Gibbs theory has been used extensively in predicting the equilibrium shape during crystal growth. However, recent research on platinum (Pt) nanocrystal growth has proven that this classical crystal growth theory breaks down at the nanoscale. Now, a research group led by Dr Haimei Zheng, a staff scientist at US Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (Materials Science Division), has used a Gatan K2 IS high speed direct detection camera to reveal the growth process of Pt nanocubes from molecular precursors in a liquid environment in a transmission electron microscope (TEM).
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
Cambridge Graphene Centre : 16 September, 2014  (Technical Article)
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Mullite ceramic in industrial waste converted to coating for aircraft turbines
Investigación y Desarrollo : 16 September, 2014  (Technical Article)
A group of specialists from the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav), have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000C, which are used in aviation turbine components.
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