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Glass and Ceramics
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 23 August, 2015
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
 
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Refractory Materials and Ceramic Fibres : 23 August, 2015
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
 
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 23 August, 2015
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and formulation based products and provides a joined up approach in materials development, technology scale up and applications integration to brings together the whole innovation value chain for new and innovative graphene based technologies.
 
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
Specialist Glasses : 27 July, 2015
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
 
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 23 July, 2015
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon, which favours the film’s performance compared to typical graphene characteristics shown in previous, similar experiments.
 
Setting the standard for graphene
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 22 July, 2015
The University of Manchester and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have joined forces by holding the Graphene UK Standardisation Workshop at the National Graphene Institute (NGI). Key figures from the graphene supply chain worked together to provide input into a White Paper and discuss next steps for setting up a graphene centre of excellence focussed on characterisation, metrology and standardisation. This will be based primarily at the NGI and NPL, but utilising key capability from other institutes and industries.
 
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Engineering Ceramics : 17 April, 2015
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the project made a significant breakthrough.
 
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 11 March, 2015
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
 
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 28 November, 2014
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabled components for industrial applications in areas such as energy and transport to be developed.
 
Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity
Engineering Ceramics : 08 November, 2014
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
 
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 24 October, 2014
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
 
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 16 September, 2014
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.
 
Joint development for commercialising graphene development
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 10 August, 2014
Morgan Advanced Materials has announced a new joint development agreement with The University of Manchester, aimed at scaling up a new process for manufacturing graphene – a one-atom thick carbon allotrope first isolated at the university ten years ago and for which two Nobel Prizes were awarded.
 
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 29 May, 2014
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene manufactured using different means. The market today remains dominated by research interest but the composition will change as other sectors such as energy storage and composites grow. The value chain will also transform as companies will move up the chain to offer intermediary products, capturing more value and cutting the time to market and uncertainty for end-users.
 
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Engineering Ceramics : 29 May, 2014
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the aluminium melting industry.
 
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 14 May, 2014
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
 
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Engineering Ceramics : 14 May, 2014
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by the University’s commercialisation arm, Alta Innovations, to commercialise the technology. The process could lead to the production of lighter, stronger and more hard-wearing machinery.
 
Graphene Review: A Future for Electronics Applications
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 22 April, 2014
Graphene has recently attracted great interest among the researcher in the field of material science and nanotechnology. Some of the unique properties of graphene with new device concepts and nanotechnology can overcome some of the main limitations of traditional radio frequency electronics in terms of maximum frequency, linearity, and power dissipation. A paper published on academia.edu highlights the recent research done on graphene and attempts to discuss the possible use of graphene in future electronics applications.
 
Russian investment in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production
Engineering Ceramics : 15 April, 2014
UC Rusal announces investment of over USD5.5 million in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production. The first samples of high-tech products have already been certified by consumers.
 
Merger creates catalyst for further growth in advanced ceramic technologies
Engineering Ceramics : 15 April, 2014
Morgan Advanced Materials and Magma Ceramics and Catalysts have come together to create a joint venture in the field of advanced ceramic and catalyst technology. It will see Morgan’s UK Fired Refractory Shapes business, based in Bromborough, merge with Magma Ceramics and Catalysts.
 
High performance graphene material opened to US R&D market
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 15 April, 2014
Haydale and Graphene Laboratories announce that the HDPlas range of novel high-performance graphene materials will be offered by the Graphene Supermarket website, initially in quantities of up to 1kg. Graphene Laboratories will market HDPlas products for sale in the United States, Canada and Russia. The Graphene Supermarket is a leading source of graphene and nano carbon products worldwide.
 
Assessing the real opportunity for graphene in a fragmented market
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 16 March, 2014
Graphene has enormous commercial potential. Its growth however is being hampered by two factors. First is the fact that there is market confusion and uncertainty across the different types of graphene and different manufacturing processes. The second is that, in many cases, graphene is attempting to do what already commercially exists, only a little bit better and/or a little bit cheaper (if the volumes are achieved).
 
Custom production plant for graphene commissioned in North of England
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 23 February, 2014
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) has commissioned CPI to build a graphene production plant at Wilton, capable of producing 1 tonne per year of graphene nanoplatelets, based upon its proprietary production methodology.
 
Advanced ceramics - selection factors for critical components
Engineering Ceramics : 23 February, 2014
Dieter Steudtner, Sales Manager at Morgan Advanced Materials, gives designers and manufacturers an insight into advanced ceramic materials and their properties.
 
Dedicated medical manufacturing cell focuses on MRI, X-Ray imaging and radiotherapy
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 27 January, 2014
Morgan Advanced Materials is demonstrating its commitment to delivering next-generation solutions for the medical sector, with the opening of a dedicated cell to manufacture products for non-invasive imaging and therapy applications.
 
Diverter dampers converted from mineral wool to high temperature insulation wool
Refractory Materials and Ceramic Fibres : 10 January, 2014
When Esscano Power A/S wanted to improve its diverter damper insulation from mineral wool (rock wool) material, the company examined all the available alternatives, ultimately locating numerous online references to high-temperature insulation wool from Morgan Advanced Materials.
 
Sonar materials pressed, fired and machined up to 45mm thickness
Piezoceramics : 08 December, 2013
Thanks to a major breakthrough in the company’s manufacturing capabilities, Morgan Advanced Materials has launched a new range of large piezoelectric (PZT) ceramic blocks specifically for use in the defence and commercial sonar markets.
 
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 08 December, 2013
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
 
Large piezoelectric (PZT) ceramic blocks now available for defence and commercial sonar markets
Piezoceramics : 29 October, 2013
Morgan Advanced Materials has launched a new range of large piezoelectric (PZT) ceramic blocks specifically for use in the defence and commercial sonar markets, thanks to a major breakthrough in the company’s manufacturing capabilities.
 
Steel ingots kept cool in transit with long fibre thermal insulation
Insulating Materials : 14 October, 2013
Morgan Advanced Materials’ technical prowess and inventiveness were put to the test when Nugteren Transport BV, a Dutch company involved in the transfer of large loads and units, needed to design a safe and effective method of transportation for hot steel ingots that ensured the ingots would lose minimal heat during transit. Previously, during transportation, the steel ingots cooled from a temperature of around 800 to approximately 50C, and then were re-heated at the customer site.
 
UK National Graphene Institute set to open in Manchester
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 04 October, 2013
Science Minister David Willetts has visited the site of the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester, which will be the UK's national centre for research into the material. Work has begun on the £61m facility, which will provide a centre for industry and university academics to work side-by-side on emerging graphene applications.
 
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar Materials : 26 September, 2013
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commercial sonar sectors. The products are operable at extremely low depths, and continue to work even in the most severe bathythermal conditions, where water temperature falls as water depth increases.
 
Crucible designed for aluminium smelting and holding
Refractory Materials and Ceramic Fibres : 08 September, 2013
The Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials has further extended its acclaimed Syncarb Z2 crucible family with the introduction of a new crucible designed to provide longer service life and increased energy savings for the aluminium processing industry.
 
Aluminium oxide ceramic the battery collar for next generation sodium metal halide batteries
Insulating Materials : 03 September, 2013
Morgan Advanced Materials is supplying a range of critical components for GE Energy Storage’s high-performance Durathon Batteries. GE Energy Storage uses the battery modules to build complete energy storage systems for the telecom, energy management, power generation, grid operation, back-up and motive power industries.
 
Slimmer batteries rely on graphene-based heat sink
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 12 June, 2013
Graphene, the material whose glittering array of electrical and thermal properties have attracted much brecent interest, could soon be helping Apple's iPhones and iPads pack more power. The company has filed a US patent application (2013/0136966) on a graphene-based heat sink for the lithium batteries and circuit boards in its tablets and smartphones.
 
Graphene: many different types are confusing the market
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 03 June, 2013
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx looks at the hard question that still remain about what comes next and how to grow revenues from graphene.
 
Ceramic insulators for industrial oil and gas burner igniters
Refractory Materials and Ceramic Fibres : 03 June, 2013
Morgan Advanced Materials has announced a new capability to manufacture ceramic insulators for industrial oil and gas burner igniters. These insulators can also be used for a range of other industrial applications such as fuses, precision electrical resistors and cartridge heaters.
 
Ceramic tile body supply options widened through spray drying
Refractory Materials and Ceramic Fibres : 28 May, 2013
Mantec Technical Ceramics has announced an additional option to tile manufacturers as it widens its contract spray drying service. The company operates a Netzsch atomising spray dryer on a batching basis.
 
Kiln linings - seeking higher energy efficiency than calcium silicate
Refractory Materials and Ceramic Fibres : 18 May, 2013
Tests carried out by Morgan Advanced Materials, a leading manufacturer of engineered products for a range of thermal insulation applications, have revealed the company’s latest Superwool Plus Blok insulation offers significant performance advantages over calcium silicate in the area of thermal insulation for kiln linings.
 
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
Refractory Materials and Ceramic Fibres : 14 May, 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiable performance data recently undertaken by the globally recognised Fraunhofer Institute’s polymer research center (PYCO), the University of Moscow’s materials science department (MISiS) and the University of South Carolina.
 
Super-heat magnesium oxide ceramics available as crucibles
Refractory Materials and Ceramic Fibres : 06 May, 2013
Aremco's Super-Heat 502-676 Magnesium Oxide (MgO) ceramic crucibles are now available for processing ultra-high temperature refractory metals, slags and superconductor compounds to 4000F.
 
High-performance piezoelectric material with high density and low porosity
Piezoceramics : 22 March, 2013
Morgan Technical Ceramics is launching a new piezoelectric material. PZT5K1 is suitable for applications in the fields of scientific instrumentation, maritime, medical, energy harvesting and general industry. Using an innovative new core process, Morgan Technical Ceramics manufactures the material to offer optimised voltage charge coefficients. Its high d33 rating improves the electrical charge generated in energy harvesting applications, while its high d31 coefficient enhances the levels of displacement in actuators.
 
High purity magnesium oxide blocks for petrochem insulation
Insulating Materials : 25 February, 2013
Morgan Technical Ceramics, which specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity magnesium oxide blocks for use in the petrochemical sector, has re-emphasised the importance of specifying materials that deliver a consistently high level of insulation performance.
 
EU promises 2 billion Euro for graphene and neuroscience ICT projects
Carbon Materials: Diamond, Graphite and Graphene : 01 February, 2013
A centre for research on graphene, a material which has the potential to revolutionise numerous industries, ranging from healthcare to electronics, is to be created at the University of Cambridge. The University has been a hub for graphene engineering from the very start and now aims to make this "wonder material’ work in real-life applications.
 
Lightweight insulation material protects oilfield living quarters against fire
Insulating Materials : 03 January, 2013
FireMaster Marine Plus blanket, the new light-weight fire protection material from Morgan Thermal Ceramics, has been selected by contractors Apply Leirvik for use on the Living Quarters (LQ) module for the development of Statoil’s Gudrun field in Norway.
 
Supplier of porous ceramic media for filtration undergoes restructuring
Porous Ceramic Media : 15 November, 2012
Fairey Filtration Systems has now officially been renamed Mantec Technical Ceramics and, within the wider Mantec Group, sits alongside those other companies at the 8000sq.m. Stoke-on-Trent headquarters with technical ceramics expertise and advanced manufacturing facilities.
 
Flexible ceramic heatshield solves temperature issues at isolated Caspian Sea oil platform
Refractory Materials and Ceramic Fibres : 15 November, 2012
The ability to retrofit a heat shield in a harsh and isolated environment without having to force a costly shutdown led to engineers specifying ZircoFlex flexible ceramic heat shield on a Caspian Sea oil platform. The close proximity of the HVAC air handling unit to a flare stack had led to surface temperatures of up to 80C, risking crucial reliability issues for the production facility.
 
Breakthrough PZT discs developed specifically for defence and commercial sonar
Piezoceramics : 05 November, 2012
Morgan Technical Ceramics has announced the launch of its new range of large piezoelectric (PZT) ceramic discs developed specifically for the defence and commercial sonar markets, thanks to a major breakthrough at the company’s manufacturing facility in Ruabon, North Wales.
 
Light transmission improved on switchable solar control glass
Specialist Glasses : 31 October, 2012
At glasstec 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany, EControl-Glas introduced with EControl 55/12 its new generation of switchable solar control glazing. Daylight transmission when switching the electrochromic glass to a light shade has been noticeably increased.
 
Rebuild dramatically grapples with PZT corrosion problem and improves kiln efficiency
Refractory Materials and Ceramic Fibres : 29 October, 2012
Morgan Technical Ceramics has seen significant improvements in the operation of four of its sinter fire kilns in Southanpton, England, following a rebuild using involving high temperature insulation, supplied by sister company Morgan Thermal Ceramics. The rebuild project has resulted in dramatically reduced energy costs for each of the four kilns, while delivering assured production efficiency, durability and increasing the total lifespan of the kilns.
 
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