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New energy systems enhance national security
Experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have identified key renewable energy technologies that can be used to strengthen U.S. energy security.
Flouting traditional central drying pays off
Each of the 21 injection machines serviced by this JIT material handling system can access any of 50 materials. North American Lighting
New energy systems enhance national security
Experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have identified key renewable energy technologies that can be used to strengthen U.S. energy security.
Flouting traditional central drying pays off
Each of the 21 injection machines serviced by this JIT material handling system can access any of 50 materials. North American Lighting
New energy systems enhance national security
Experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have identified key renewable energy technologies that can be used to strengthen U.S. energy security.
Flouting traditional central drying pays off
Each of the 21 injection machines serviced by this JIT material handling system can access any of 50 materials. North American Lighting
New energy systems enhance national security
Experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have identified key renewable energy technologies that can be used to strengthen U.S. energy security.
Flouting traditional central drying pays off
Each of the 21 injection machines serviced by this JIT material handling system can access any of 50 materials. North American Lighting
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
Supercapacitors - graphene active electrodes well ahead of today’s lithium-ion batteries
An IDTechEx report gives a general overview on supercapacitors and tabulates chemistries and activities by company, with pie charts of technology adoption by number of manufacturers and forecasts. It explains where supercapacitors are already replacing lithium-ion batteries and why.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
Supercapacitors - graphene active electrodes well ahead of today’s lithium-ion batteries
An IDTechEx report gives a general overview on supercapacitors and tabulates chemistries and activities by company, with pie charts of technology adoption by number of manufacturers and forecasts. It explains where supercapacitors are already replacing lithium-ion batteries and why.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
Supercapacitors - graphene active electrodes well ahead of today’s lithium-ion batteries
An IDTechEx report gives a general overview on supercapacitors and tabulates chemistries and activities by company, with pie charts of technology adoption by number of manufacturers and forecasts. It explains where supercapacitors are already replacing lithium-ion batteries and why.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
Supercapacitors - graphene active electrodes well ahead of today’s lithium-ion batteries
An IDTechEx report gives a general overview on supercapacitors and tabulates chemistries and activities by company, with pie charts of technology adoption by number of manufacturers and forecasts. It explains where supercapacitors are already replacing lithium-ion batteries and why.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understa
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressi
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
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 enabl
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
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.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
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
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 Haim
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
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
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active Corrosion Control. TDK-Lambda has developed several Constant Current power supplies – the ZUP, Z+ and Genesys allow full contr
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
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 th
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Vapour permeability measurement gives instant results
Versaperm's new vapour permeability measurement equipment allows users to measure liquid seepage through molecular structures. The company also offers a laboratory testing service and technical consultancy for companies that test too few samples to make the purchase of equipment viable.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
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