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Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
EU promises 2 billion Euro for graphene and neuroscience ICT projects
A centre for research on graphene, a material which has the potential to revolutionise numerous industries, ranging from healthcare to electronics, is to be created at the University of Cambridge. The University has been a hub for graphene engineering from the very start and now aims to make this "w
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based
Amorphous chalcogenide glass used for cost-effective production of infrared lenses
If visibility is poor, thermal cameras can warn drivers of people or animals on the road. Yet such devices have been very expensive – until now. An important step has been taken to manufacture them more cheaply. A new process will make the infrared lenses – a component of such cameras – up to 70 per
Cold Detonation physics - a process for the explosive conversion of CO2 into nanodiamond
Fine diamond material is used industry wide for applications ranging from coating tools and drill-bits to polishing and delivering chemotherapy drugs into the body.
International experts discuss hydrogen as a future fuel at Faraday Discussion
International experts on storing hydrogen - widely billed as one of the greenest and most promising fuels of the future - were at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory during April 2011 for the 151st prestigious Faraday Discussion of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
NanoKTN to explore potential of thermoelec​trics for energy harvesting and cooling
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK
Diamond Like Coating Technology Lowers Friction dramatically
DIARC-Technology has developed its next generation coating system which enables ta-C (tetrahedral amorphous carbon) structured diamond-like coatings to be produced in volume quantities for industrial applications
Diamonds sent in space for corrosion check
Two diamonds grown at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, have been sent into space by the Atlantis space shuttle, and will remain in space for one year to be checked for suitability in future applications in satellites. Future use of diamonds in space could be for clear optical coatings t
Tooling costs and quality of high volume packaging improved by Keronite process
Applied to tooling for plastic packaging, the Keronite Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) advanced surface treatment process is enabling manufacturers of consumer products and their plastic packaging to get a rapid return on their investment in tooling. At the same time, productivity is increased a
Compression testing machine helps optimise diamond mining processes
Even though diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material, it is still very brittle. This is a problem during mining, as the comminution, separation and transport processes can all cause damage to the valua
Ted Brewer's Vivo2 Violins hit a high note with stunning color effects
Crafted by Ted Brewer Violins, an established U.K. designer of transparent violins, the ultramodern Vivo2 line features GE Plastics' Lexan Visualfx special effects resin for stunning visual impact combined with high performance. Ted, who originally hand-carved his instruments from acrylic block, tur
Glass concept car to mark Rinspeed
'There's never been anything like it' were the words used in the online edition of an acclaimed international news magazine to describe its editor's reaction when the first sketches of the new Rinspeed concept car, 'eXasis', appeared on the Internet, 'and it looks like no other vehicle before it'.
Affluence bringing increase in diabetes, researcher says
Soaring global rates of adult-onset diabetes will shorten the lives of hundreds of millions of people unless humanity starts to grapple with a deadly genetic legacy from its stone-age past, a prominent evolutionary biologist suggested Wednesday in the British journal Nature.
Experiments suggest silicon is an element in Earth
Researchers in Geophysical Sciences used a diamond anvil cell to simulate high pressures found at Earth
Compound could make hydrogen fuel storage more efficient, practical
David Mao, Visiting Scientist in Geophysical Sciences, and his daughter Wendy, a graduate student in Geophysical Sciences, have synthesized a hydrogen clathrate hydrate, a promising new compound that could lead to useful storage methods for hydrogen. The lack of practical storage methods has hindere
New method of storing hydrogen found by scientists
Scientists at the University of Chicago have proposed a new way of storing hydrogen fuel in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Los Alamos instruments to capture the sun
Three instruments designed and built by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory will help scientists understand the origin of the solar system.
Superdiamonds? Scientists discover superconductivity in diamond
Scientists working at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced today the discovery of superconductivity at ultracold temperatures in cubic diamond. The discovery offers the pot
Los Alamos pressure process makes pure zirconium glass
Zirconium may not be a girl's best friend, but by squeezing the metal with roughly the same pressure needed to make diamonds, scientists at the University of California's Los Alamos National Laboratory made a pure glass that may prove nearly as valuable as real diamonds.
Scientists discover new material that expands under pressure
Most materials get compacted or fall apart under pressure, but scientists working in an international collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven Lab scientist helps create a new form of the element carbon
A new phase of the element carbon, a superhard compressed graphite, has been identified by a research team that includes a scientist from the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Diamonds from outer space: Geologists discover origin of Earth
If indeed
Carbon coatings to prevent bacteria collecting on indwelling catheters
Wafer-thin coatings from diamond-like carbon can prevent dangerous biofilms of bacteria from forming on indwelling catheters in the urinary tract. What is more, the coated catheters glide into the ureter with con
New era for high-pressure materials research at Advanced Photon Source
A great boost in high-pressure research, a fast moving field in modern science, took place today with the dedication of the newest research facility at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.
Researchers at APS make graphite hard as diamond
Science has yet to achieve the alchemist's dream of turning lead into gold. But a group of researchers using the Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) may have found a way to turn ordinary soft lead into a new, super-hard material that 'looks' just like
Flying nanotubes are strong and hard
Diamonds are the hardest known substance. Carbon nanotubes are the strongest. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory tried to combine the best of both worlds by creating a composite nanostructure. They wanted to grow tiny carbon tubes with tiny diamonds.
Proteins can be attached to diamond layer to create bio-sensors
In research that may lead to revolutions in bio-sensing and biomedical implants, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have pioneered a process to affix organic molecules to the surface of a thin layer of
Energy Technology researchers solve energy and medical problems
Argonne's Energy Technology Division provides innovative materials and engineering solutions to national energy challenges that range from energy production and conservation to transportation. Researchers also find creative ways to re-use and extend the value of their discoveries.
Nanomaterials break out of laboratory into marketplace
Miniature medical machines that can bring sight to the blind and computers that work at the speed of light are no longer the stuff of futuristic novels. Argonne National Laboratory researchers are creating nanomaterials and nanotechnology to make these and other innovations possible, and collaborati
Argonne plays important role in development of artificial retina
A collaborative research and development agreement signed today between the U.S. Department of Energy and Second Sight LLC will help bring hope to hundreds of thousands of Americans who are losing their sight to degenerative retinal diseases.
Argonne researchers create new diamond-nanotube composite material
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have combined the world's hardest known material, diamond, with the world's strongest structural form, carbon nanotubes. This new process
Diamond nanotube technology promises new electronics products
The newest promising material for advanced technology applications is diamond nanotubes, and research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is giving new insight into the nature of nanodi
Carbon nanotube building blocks open up possibilities for advanced electronics
A new method to systematically modify the structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes could expand their electronic properties and open the path to nano-electronics.
Diamond technology to revolutionize mobile communications
The U. S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has teamed with industrial and academic partners under a DARPA Phase II research and development program to develop a new technology based on Ultrananocrystalline
Award-winning grids and collimators produce better X-ray and nuclear images
A grid as little as three millimeters tall could save lives by helping X-rays and radiotracers provide clearer diagnostic images of the human body. These X-ray anti-scatter grids and nuclear collimators, developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Creat
Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine develops protein tests to accurately detect pet food-poisoned dogs
While dogs keep dying from eating pet food tainted with aflatoxin, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine is announcing it has developed protein tests that accurately indicate a dog's liver failure caused by the toxin.
Diamonds off the conveyor belt
Precious stones are hard to see when they are extracted from the mine: They are hidden among masses of bedrock. A new sorting plant retrieves the precious diamonds and even detects the particularly valuable pure white and green gems.
Discovery of superconductivity in lithium / Critical temperature much lower than theoretically expected
Superconductivity in lithium was discovered by scientists in a collaboration of the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC, USA with the High Pressure Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, as reported in Sciencexpress. Superconductivity at a critical
The new single-bonded nitrogen phase could serve as a high-energy storage material
Nitrogen, the major constituent of air, usually consists of inert molecules where two atoms are strongly triple-bonded. Now, researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry have synthesised a polymeric cubic form of nitrogen where all atoms are connected with single covalent bonds, similar to
Australia and Southern Africa short-listed for Giant Radio Telescope
The Square Kilometer Array is a giant next-generation radio telescope being developed by scientists and research institutes in 17 countries. At a recent meeting of the International SKA Scientific Steering Committee in Dresden (Germany), hosted by the Chairman of the European SKA Consortium, Prof. A
Map sheds light on ocean floor
The result of a major research initiative between the CSIRO
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
EU promises 2 billion Euro for graphene and neuroscience ICT projects
A centre for research on graphene, a material which has the potential to revolutionise numerous industries, ranging from healthcare to electronics, is to be created at the University of Cambridge. The University has been a hub for graphene engineering from the very start and now aims to make this "w
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based
Amorphous chalcogenide glass used for cost-effective production of infrared lenses
If visibility is poor, thermal cameras can warn drivers of people or animals on the road. Yet such devices have been very expensive – until now. An important step has been taken to manufacture them more cheaply. A new process will make the infrared lenses – a component of such cameras – up to 70 per
Cold Detonation physics - a process for the explosive conversion of CO2 into nanodiamond
Fine diamond material is used industry wide for applications ranging from coating tools and drill-bits to polishing and delivering chemotherapy drugs into the body.
International experts discuss hydrogen as a future fuel at Faraday Discussion
International experts on storing hydrogen - widely billed as one of the greenest and most promising fuels of the future - were at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory during April 2011 for the 151st prestigious Faraday Discussion of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
NanoKTN to explore potential of thermoelec​trics for energy harvesting and cooling
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK
Diamond Like Coating Technology Lowers Friction dramatically
DIARC-Technology has developed its next generation coating system which enables ta-C (tetrahedral amorphous carbon) structured diamond-like coatings to be produced in volume quantities for industrial applications
Diamonds sent in space for corrosion check
Two diamonds grown at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, have been sent into space by the Atlantis space shuttle, and will remain in space for one year to be checked for suitability in future applications in satellites. Future use of diamonds in space could be for clear optical coatings t
Tooling costs and quality of high volume packaging improved by Keronite process
Applied to tooling for plastic packaging, the Keronite Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) advanced surface treatment process is enabling manufacturers of consumer products and their plastic packaging to get a rapid return on their investment in tooling. At the same time, productivity is increased a
Compression testing machine helps optimise diamond mining processes
Even though diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material, it is still very brittle. This is a problem during mining, as the comminution, separation and transport processes can all cause damage to the valua
Ted Brewer's Vivo2 Violins hit a high note with stunning color effects
Crafted by Ted Brewer Violins, an established U.K. designer of transparent violins, the ultramodern Vivo2 line features GE Plastics' Lexan Visualfx special effects resin for stunning visual impact combined with high performance. Ted, who originally hand-carved his instruments from acrylic block, tur
Glass concept car to mark Rinspeed
'There's never been anything like it' were the words used in the online edition of an acclaimed international news magazine to describe its editor's reaction when the first sketches of the new Rinspeed concept car, 'eXasis', appeared on the Internet, 'and it looks like no other vehicle before it'.
Affluence bringing increase in diabetes, researcher says
Soaring global rates of adult-onset diabetes will shorten the lives of hundreds of millions of people unless humanity starts to grapple with a deadly genetic legacy from its stone-age past, a prominent evolutionary biologist suggested Wednesday in the British journal Nature.
Experiments suggest silicon is an element in Earth
Researchers in Geophysical Sciences used a diamond anvil cell to simulate high pressures found at Earth
Compound could make hydrogen fuel storage more efficient, practical
David Mao, Visiting Scientist in Geophysical Sciences, and his daughter Wendy, a graduate student in Geophysical Sciences, have synthesized a hydrogen clathrate hydrate, a promising new compound that could lead to useful storage methods for hydrogen. The lack of practical storage methods has hindere
New method of storing hydrogen found by scientists
Scientists at the University of Chicago have proposed a new way of storing hydrogen fuel in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Los Alamos instruments to capture the sun
Three instruments designed and built by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory will help scientists understand the origin of the solar system.
Superdiamonds? Scientists discover superconductivity in diamond
Scientists working at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced today the discovery of superconductivity at ultracold temperatures in cubic diamond. The discovery offers the pot
Los Alamos pressure process makes pure zirconium glass
Zirconium may not be a girl's best friend, but by squeezing the metal with roughly the same pressure needed to make diamonds, scientists at the University of California's Los Alamos National Laboratory made a pure glass that may prove nearly as valuable as real diamonds.
Scientists discover new material that expands under pressure
Most materials get compacted or fall apart under pressure, but scientists working in an international collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven Lab scientist helps create a new form of the element carbon
A new phase of the element carbon, a superhard compressed graphite, has been identified by a research team that includes a scientist from the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Diamonds from outer space: Geologists discover origin of Earth
If indeed
Carbon coatings to prevent bacteria collecting on indwelling catheters
Wafer-thin coatings from diamond-like carbon can prevent dangerous biofilms of bacteria from forming on indwelling catheters in the urinary tract. What is more, the coated catheters glide into the ureter with con
New era for high-pressure materials research at Advanced Photon Source
A great boost in high-pressure research, a fast moving field in modern science, took place today with the dedication of the newest research facility at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.
Researchers at APS make graphite hard as diamond
Science has yet to achieve the alchemist's dream of turning lead into gold. But a group of researchers using the Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) may have found a way to turn ordinary soft lead into a new, super-hard material that 'looks' just like
Flying nanotubes are strong and hard
Diamonds are the hardest known substance. Carbon nanotubes are the strongest. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory tried to combine the best of both worlds by creating a composite nanostructure. They wanted to grow tiny carbon tubes with tiny diamonds.
Proteins can be attached to diamond layer to create bio-sensors
In research that may lead to revolutions in bio-sensing and biomedical implants, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have pioneered a process to affix organic molecules to the surface of a thin layer of
Energy Technology researchers solve energy and medical problems
Argonne's Energy Technology Division provides innovative materials and engineering solutions to national energy challenges that range from energy production and conservation to transportation. Researchers also find creative ways to re-use and extend the value of their discoveries.
Nanomaterials break out of laboratory into marketplace
Miniature medical machines that can bring sight to the blind and computers that work at the speed of light are no longer the stuff of futuristic novels. Argonne National Laboratory researchers are creating nanomaterials and nanotechnology to make these and other innovations possible, and collaborati
Argonne plays important role in development of artificial retina
A collaborative research and development agreement signed today between the U.S. Department of Energy and Second Sight LLC will help bring hope to hundreds of thousands of Americans who are losing their sight to degenerative retinal diseases.
Argonne researchers create new diamond-nanotube composite material
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have combined the world's hardest known material, diamond, with the world's strongest structural form, carbon nanotubes. This new process
Diamond nanotube technology promises new electronics products
The newest promising material for advanced technology applications is diamond nanotubes, and research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is giving new insight into the nature of nanodi
Carbon nanotube building blocks open up possibilities for advanced electronics
A new method to systematically modify the structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes could expand their electronic properties and open the path to nano-electronics.
Diamond technology to revolutionize mobile communications
The U. S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has teamed with industrial and academic partners under a DARPA Phase II research and development program to develop a new technology based on Ultrananocrystalline
Award-winning grids and collimators produce better X-ray and nuclear images
A grid as little as three millimeters tall could save lives by helping X-rays and radiotracers provide clearer diagnostic images of the human body. These X-ray anti-scatter grids and nuclear collimators, developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Creat
Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine develops protein tests to accurately detect pet food-poisoned dogs
While dogs keep dying from eating pet food tainted with aflatoxin, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine is announcing it has developed protein tests that accurately indicate a dog's liver failure caused by the toxin.
Diamonds off the conveyor belt
Precious stones are hard to see when they are extracted from the mine: They are hidden among masses of bedrock. A new sorting plant retrieves the precious diamonds and even detects the particularly valuable pure white and green gems.
Discovery of superconductivity in lithium / Critical temperature much lower than theoretically expected
Superconductivity in lithium was discovered by scientists in a collaboration of the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC, USA with the High Pressure Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, as reported in Sciencexpress. Superconductivity at a critical
The new single-bonded nitrogen phase could serve as a high-energy storage material
Nitrogen, the major constituent of air, usually consists of inert molecules where two atoms are strongly triple-bonded. Now, researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry have synthesised a polymeric cubic form of nitrogen where all atoms are connected with single covalent bonds, similar to
Australia and Southern Africa short-listed for Giant Radio Telescope
The Square Kilometer Array is a giant next-generation radio telescope being developed by scientists and research institutes in 17 countries. At a recent meeting of the International SKA Scientific Steering Committee in Dresden (Germany), hosted by the Chairman of the European SKA Consortium, Prof. A
Map sheds light on ocean floor
The result of a major research initiative between the CSIRO
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
EU promises 2 billion Euro for graphene and neuroscience ICT projects
A centre for research on graphene, a material which has the potential to revolutionise numerous industries, ranging from healthcare to electronics, is to be created at the University of Cambridge. The University has been a hub for graphene engineering from the very start and now aims to make this "w
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based
Amorphous chalcogenide glass used for cost-effective production of infrared lenses
If visibility is poor, thermal cameras can warn drivers of people or animals on the road. Yet such devices have been very expensive – until now. An important step has been taken to manufacture them more cheaply. A new process will make the infrared lenses – a component of such cameras – up to 70 per
Cold Detonation physics - a process for the explosive conversion of CO2 into nanodiamond
Fine diamond material is used industry wide for applications ranging from coating tools and drill-bits to polishing and delivering chemotherapy drugs into the body.
International experts discuss hydrogen as a future fuel at Faraday Discussion
International experts on storing hydrogen - widely billed as one of the greenest and most promising fuels of the future - were at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory during April 2011 for the 151st prestigious Faraday Discussion of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
NanoKTN to explore potential of thermoelec​trics for energy harvesting and cooling
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK
Diamond Like Coating Technology Lowers Friction dramatically
DIARC-Technology has developed its next generation coating system which enables ta-C (tetrahedral amorphous carbon) structured diamond-like coatings to be produced in volume quantities for industrial applications
Diamonds sent in space for corrosion check
Two diamonds grown at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, have been sent into space by the Atlantis space shuttle, and will remain in space for one year to be checked for suitability in future applications in satellites. Future use of diamonds in space could be for clear optical coatings t
Tooling costs and quality of high volume packaging improved by Keronite process
Applied to tooling for plastic packaging, the Keronite Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) advanced surface treatment process is enabling manufacturers of consumer products and their plastic packaging to get a rapid return on their investment in tooling. At the same time, productivity is increased a
Compression testing machine helps optimise diamond mining processes
Even though diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material, it is still very brittle. This is a problem during mining, as the comminution, separation and transport processes can all cause damage to the valua
Ted Brewer's Vivo2 Violins hit a high note with stunning color effects
Crafted by Ted Brewer Violins, an established U.K. designer of transparent violins, the ultramodern Vivo2 line features GE Plastics' Lexan Visualfx special effects resin for stunning visual impact combined with high performance. Ted, who originally hand-carved his instruments from acrylic block, tur
Glass concept car to mark Rinspeed
'There's never been anything like it' were the words used in the online edition of an acclaimed international news magazine to describe its editor's reaction when the first sketches of the new Rinspeed concept car, 'eXasis', appeared on the Internet, 'and it looks like no other vehicle before it'.
Affluence bringing increase in diabetes, researcher says
Soaring global rates of adult-onset diabetes will shorten the lives of hundreds of millions of people unless humanity starts to grapple with a deadly genetic legacy from its stone-age past, a prominent evolutionary biologist suggested Wednesday in the British journal Nature.
Experiments suggest silicon is an element in Earth
Researchers in Geophysical Sciences used a diamond anvil cell to simulate high pressures found at Earth
Compound could make hydrogen fuel storage more efficient, practical
David Mao, Visiting Scientist in Geophysical Sciences, and his daughter Wendy, a graduate student in Geophysical Sciences, have synthesized a hydrogen clathrate hydrate, a promising new compound that could lead to useful storage methods for hydrogen. The lack of practical storage methods has hindere
New method of storing hydrogen found by scientists
Scientists at the University of Chicago have proposed a new way of storing hydrogen fuel in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Los Alamos instruments to capture the sun
Three instruments designed and built by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory will help scientists understand the origin of the solar system.
Superdiamonds? Scientists discover superconductivity in diamond
Scientists working at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced today the discovery of superconductivity at ultracold temperatures in cubic diamond. The discovery offers the pot
Los Alamos pressure process makes pure zirconium glass
Zirconium may not be a girl's best friend, but by squeezing the metal with roughly the same pressure needed to make diamonds, scientists at the University of California's Los Alamos National Laboratory made a pure glass that may prove nearly as valuable as real diamonds.
Scientists discover new material that expands under pressure
Most materials get compacted or fall apart under pressure, but scientists working in an international collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven Lab scientist helps create a new form of the element carbon
A new phase of the element carbon, a superhard compressed graphite, has been identified by a research team that includes a scientist from the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Diamonds from outer space: Geologists discover origin of Earth
If indeed
Carbon coatings to prevent bacteria collecting on indwelling catheters
Wafer-thin coatings from diamond-like carbon can prevent dangerous biofilms of bacteria from forming on indwelling catheters in the urinary tract. What is more, the coated catheters glide into the ureter with con
New era for high-pressure materials research at Advanced Photon Source
A great boost in high-pressure research, a fast moving field in modern science, took place today with the dedication of the newest research facility at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.
Researchers at APS make graphite hard as diamond
Science has yet to achieve the alchemist's dream of turning lead into gold. But a group of researchers using the Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) may have found a way to turn ordinary soft lead into a new, super-hard material that 'looks' just like
Flying nanotubes are strong and hard
Diamonds are the hardest known substance. Carbon nanotubes are the strongest. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory tried to combine the best of both worlds by creating a composite nanostructure. They wanted to grow tiny carbon tubes with tiny diamonds.
Proteins can be attached to diamond layer to create bio-sensors
In research that may lead to revolutions in bio-sensing and biomedical implants, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have pioneered a process to affix organic molecules to the surface of a thin layer of
Energy Technology researchers solve energy and medical problems
Argonne's Energy Technology Division provides innovative materials and engineering solutions to national energy challenges that range from energy production and conservation to transportation. Researchers also find creative ways to re-use and extend the value of their discoveries.
Nanomaterials break out of laboratory into marketplace
Miniature medical machines that can bring sight to the blind and computers that work at the speed of light are no longer the stuff of futuristic novels. Argonne National Laboratory researchers are creating nanomaterials and nanotechnology to make these and other innovations possible, and collaborati
Argonne plays important role in development of artificial retina
A collaborative research and development agreement signed today between the U.S. Department of Energy and Second Sight LLC will help bring hope to hundreds of thousands of Americans who are losing their sight to degenerative retinal diseases.
Argonne researchers create new diamond-nanotube composite material
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have combined the world's hardest known material, diamond, with the world's strongest structural form, carbon nanotubes. This new process
Diamond nanotube technology promises new electronics products
The newest promising material for advanced technology applications is diamond nanotubes, and research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is giving new insight into the nature of nanodi
Carbon nanotube building blocks open up possibilities for advanced electronics
A new method to systematically modify the structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes could expand their electronic properties and open the path to nano-electronics.
Diamond technology to revolutionize mobile communications
The U. S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has teamed with industrial and academic partners under a DARPA Phase II research and development program to develop a new technology based on Ultrananocrystalline
Award-winning grids and collimators produce better X-ray and nuclear images
A grid as little as three millimeters tall could save lives by helping X-rays and radiotracers provide clearer diagnostic images of the human body. These X-ray anti-scatter grids and nuclear collimators, developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Creat
Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine develops protein tests to accurately detect pet food-poisoned dogs
While dogs keep dying from eating pet food tainted with aflatoxin, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine is announcing it has developed protein tests that accurately indicate a dog's liver failure caused by the toxin.
Diamonds off the conveyor belt
Precious stones are hard to see when they are extracted from the mine: They are hidden among masses of bedrock. A new sorting plant retrieves the precious diamonds and even detects the particularly valuable pure white and green gems.
Discovery of superconductivity in lithium / Critical temperature much lower than theoretically expected
Superconductivity in lithium was discovered by scientists in a collaboration of the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC, USA with the High Pressure Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, as reported in Sciencexpress. Superconductivity at a critical
The new single-bonded nitrogen phase could serve as a high-energy storage material
Nitrogen, the major constituent of air, usually consists of inert molecules where two atoms are strongly triple-bonded. Now, researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry have synthesised a polymeric cubic form of nitrogen where all atoms are connected with single covalent bonds, similar to
Australia and Southern Africa short-listed for Giant Radio Telescope
The Square Kilometer Array is a giant next-generation radio telescope being developed by scientists and research institutes in 17 countries. At a recent meeting of the International SKA Scientific Steering Committee in Dresden (Germany), hosted by the Chairman of the European SKA Consortium, Prof. A
Map sheds light on ocean floor
The result of a major research initiative between the CSIRO
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
EU promises 2 billion Euro for graphene and neuroscience ICT projects
A centre for research on graphene, a material which has the potential to revolutionise numerous industries, ranging from healthcare to electronics, is to be created at the University of Cambridge. The University has been a hub for graphene engineering from the very start and now aims to make this "w
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based
Amorphous chalcogenide glass used for cost-effective production of infrared lenses
If visibility is poor, thermal cameras can warn drivers of people or animals on the road. Yet such devices have been very expensive – until now. An important step has been taken to manufacture them more cheaply. A new process will make the infrared lenses – a component of such cameras – up to 70 per
Cold Detonation physics - a process for the explosive conversion of CO2 into nanodiamond
Fine diamond material is used industry wide for applications ranging from coating tools and drill-bits to polishing and delivering chemotherapy drugs into the body.
International experts discuss hydrogen as a future fuel at Faraday Discussion
International experts on storing hydrogen - widely billed as one of the greenest and most promising fuels of the future - were at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory during April 2011 for the 151st prestigious Faraday Discussion of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
NanoKTN to explore potential of thermoelec​trics for energy harvesting and cooling
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK
Diamond Like Coating Technology Lowers Friction dramatically
DIARC-Technology has developed its next generation coating system which enables ta-C (tetrahedral amorphous carbon) structured diamond-like coatings to be produced in volume quantities for industrial applications
Diamonds sent in space for corrosion check
Two diamonds grown at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, have been sent into space by the Atlantis space shuttle, and will remain in space for one year to be checked for suitability in future applications in satellites. Future use of diamonds in space could be for clear optical coatings t
Tooling costs and quality of high volume packaging improved by Keronite process
Applied to tooling for plastic packaging, the Keronite Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) advanced surface treatment process is enabling manufacturers of consumer products and their plastic packaging to get a rapid return on their investment in tooling. At the same time, productivity is increased a
Compression testing machine helps optimise diamond mining processes
Even though diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material, it is still very brittle. This is a problem during mining, as the comminution, separation and transport processes can all cause damage to the valua
Ted Brewer's Vivo2 Violins hit a high note with stunning color effects
Crafted by Ted Brewer Violins, an established U.K. designer of transparent violins, the ultramodern Vivo2 line features GE Plastics' Lexan Visualfx special effects resin for stunning visual impact combined with high performance. Ted, who originally hand-carved his instruments from acrylic block, tur
Glass concept car to mark Rinspeed
'There's never been anything like it' were the words used in the online edition of an acclaimed international news magazine to describe its editor's reaction when the first sketches of the new Rinspeed concept car, 'eXasis', appeared on the Internet, 'and it looks like no other vehicle before it'.
Affluence bringing increase in diabetes, researcher says
Soaring global rates of adult-onset diabetes will shorten the lives of hundreds of millions of people unless humanity starts to grapple with a deadly genetic legacy from its stone-age past, a prominent evolutionary biologist suggested Wednesday in the British journal Nature.
Experiments suggest silicon is an element in Earth
Researchers in Geophysical Sciences used a diamond anvil cell to simulate high pressures found at Earth
Compound could make hydrogen fuel storage more efficient, practical
David Mao, Visiting Scientist in Geophysical Sciences, and his daughter Wendy, a graduate student in Geophysical Sciences, have synthesized a hydrogen clathrate hydrate, a promising new compound that could lead to useful storage methods for hydrogen. The lack of practical storage methods has hindere
New method of storing hydrogen found by scientists
Scientists at the University of Chicago have proposed a new way of storing hydrogen fuel in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Los Alamos instruments to capture the sun
Three instruments designed and built by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory will help scientists understand the origin of the solar system.
Superdiamonds? Scientists discover superconductivity in diamond
Scientists working at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced today the discovery of superconductivity at ultracold temperatures in cubic diamond. The discovery offers the pot
Los Alamos pressure process makes pure zirconium glass
Zirconium may not be a girl's best friend, but by squeezing the metal with roughly the same pressure needed to make diamonds, scientists at the University of California's Los Alamos National Laboratory made a pure glass that may prove nearly as valuable as real diamonds.
Scientists discover new material that expands under pressure
Most materials get compacted or fall apart under pressure, but scientists working in an international collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven Lab scientist helps create a new form of the element carbon
A new phase of the element carbon, a superhard compressed graphite, has been identified by a research team that includes a scientist from the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Diamonds from outer space: Geologists discover origin of Earth
If indeed
Carbon coatings to prevent bacteria collecting on indwelling catheters
Wafer-thin coatings from diamond-like carbon can prevent dangerous biofilms of bacteria from forming on indwelling catheters in the urinary tract. What is more, the coated catheters glide into the ureter with con
New era for high-pressure materials research at Advanced Photon Source
A great boost in high-pressure research, a fast moving field in modern science, took place today with the dedication of the newest research facility at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.
Researchers at APS make graphite hard as diamond
Science has yet to achieve the alchemist's dream of turning lead into gold. But a group of researchers using the Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) may have found a way to turn ordinary soft lead into a new, super-hard material that 'looks' just like
Flying nanotubes are strong and hard
Diamonds are the hardest known substance. Carbon nanotubes are the strongest. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory tried to combine the best of both worlds by creating a composite nanostructure. They wanted to grow tiny carbon tubes with tiny diamonds.
Proteins can be attached to diamond layer to create bio-sensors
In research that may lead to revolutions in bio-sensing and biomedical implants, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have pioneered a process to affix organic molecules to the surface of a thin layer of
Energy Technology researchers solve energy and medical problems
Argonne's Energy Technology Division provides innovative materials and engineering solutions to national energy challenges that range from energy production and conservation to transportation. Researchers also find creative ways to re-use and extend the value of their discoveries.
Nanomaterials break out of laboratory into marketplace
Miniature medical machines that can bring sight to the blind and computers that work at the speed of light are no longer the stuff of futuristic novels. Argonne National Laboratory researchers are creating nanomaterials and nanotechnology to make these and other innovations possible, and collaborati
Argonne plays important role in development of artificial retina
A collaborative research and development agreement signed today between the U.S. Department of Energy and Second Sight LLC will help bring hope to hundreds of thousands of Americans who are losing their sight to degenerative retinal diseases.
Argonne researchers create new diamond-nanotube composite material
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have combined the world's hardest known material, diamond, with the world's strongest structural form, carbon nanotubes. This new process
Diamond nanotube technology promises new electronics products
The newest promising material for advanced technology applications is diamond nanotubes, and research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is giving new insight into the nature of nanodi
Carbon nanotube building blocks open up possibilities for advanced electronics
A new method to systematically modify the structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes could expand their electronic properties and open the path to nano-electronics.
Diamond technology to revolutionize mobile communications
The U. S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has teamed with industrial and academic partners under a DARPA Phase II research and development program to develop a new technology based on Ultrananocrystalline
Award-winning grids and collimators produce better X-ray and nuclear images
A grid as little as three millimeters tall could save lives by helping X-rays and radiotracers provide clearer diagnostic images of the human body. These X-ray anti-scatter grids and nuclear collimators, developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Creat
Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine develops protein tests to accurately detect pet food-poisoned dogs
While dogs keep dying from eating pet food tainted with aflatoxin, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine is announcing it has developed protein tests that accurately indicate a dog's liver failure caused by the toxin.
Diamonds off the conveyor belt
Precious stones are hard to see when they are extracted from the mine: They are hidden among masses of bedrock. A new sorting plant retrieves the precious diamonds and even detects the particularly valuable pure white and green gems.
Discovery of superconductivity in lithium / Critical temperature much lower than theoretically expected
Superconductivity in lithium was discovered by scientists in a collaboration of the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC, USA with the High Pressure Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, as reported in Sciencexpress. Superconductivity at a critical
The new single-bonded nitrogen phase could serve as a high-energy storage material
Nitrogen, the major constituent of air, usually consists of inert molecules where two atoms are strongly triple-bonded. Now, researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry have synthesised a polymeric cubic form of nitrogen where all atoms are connected with single covalent bonds, similar to
Australia and Southern Africa short-listed for Giant Radio Telescope
The Square Kilometer Array is a giant next-generation radio telescope being developed by scientists and research institutes in 17 countries. At a recent meeting of the International SKA Scientific Steering Committee in Dresden (Germany), hosted by the Chairman of the European SKA Consortium, Prof. A
Map sheds light on ocean floor
The result of a major research initiative between the CSIRO
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
EU promises 2 billion Euro for graphene and neuroscience ICT projects
A centre for research on graphene, a material which has the potential to revolutionise numerous industries, ranging from healthcare to electronics, is to be created at the University of Cambridge. The University has been a hub for graphene engineering from the very start and now aims to make this "w
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based
Amorphous chalcogenide glass used for cost-effective production of infrared lenses
If visibility is poor, thermal cameras can warn drivers of people or animals on the road. Yet such devices have been very expensive – until now. An important step has been taken to manufacture them more cheaply. A new process will make the infrared lenses – a component of such cameras – up to 70 per
Cold Detonation physics - a process for the explosive conversion of CO2 into nanodiamond
Fine diamond material is used industry wide for applications ranging from coating tools and drill-bits to polishing and delivering chemotherapy drugs into the body.
International experts discuss hydrogen as a future fuel at Faraday Discussion
International experts on storing hydrogen - widely billed as one of the greenest and most promising fuels of the future - were at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory during April 2011 for the 151st prestigious Faraday Discussion of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
NanoKTN to explore potential of thermoelec​trics for energy harvesting and cooling
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK
Diamond Like Coating Technology Lowers Friction dramatically
DIARC-Technology has developed its next generation coating system which enables ta-C (tetrahedral amorphous carbon) structured diamond-like coatings to be produced in volume quantities for industrial applications
Diamonds sent in space for corrosion check
Two diamonds grown at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, have been sent into space by the Atlantis space shuttle, and will remain in space for one year to be checked for suitability in future applications in satellites. Future use of diamonds in space could be for clear optical coatings t
Tooling costs and quality of high volume packaging improved by Keronite process
Applied to tooling for plastic packaging, the Keronite Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) advanced surface treatment process is enabling manufacturers of consumer products and their plastic packaging to get a rapid return on their investment in tooling. At the same time, productivity is increased a
Compression testing machine helps optimise diamond mining processes
Even though diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material, it is still very brittle. This is a problem during mining, as the comminution, separation and transport processes can all cause damage to the valua
Ted Brewer's Vivo2 Violins hit a high note with stunning color effects
Crafted by Ted Brewer Violins, an established U.K. designer of transparent violins, the ultramodern Vivo2 line features GE Plastics' Lexan Visualfx special effects resin for stunning visual impact combined with high performance. Ted, who originally hand-carved his instruments from acrylic block, tur
Glass concept car to mark Rinspeed
'There's never been anything like it' were the words used in the online edition of an acclaimed international news magazine to describe its editor's reaction when the first sketches of the new Rinspeed concept car, 'eXasis', appeared on the Internet, 'and it looks like no other vehicle before it'.
Affluence bringing increase in diabetes, researcher says
Soaring global rates of adult-onset diabetes will shorten the lives of hundreds of millions of people unless humanity starts to grapple with a deadly genetic legacy from its stone-age past, a prominent evolutionary biologist suggested Wednesday in the British journal Nature.
Experiments suggest silicon is an element in Earth
Researchers in Geophysical Sciences used a diamond anvil cell to simulate high pressures found at Earth
Compound could make hydrogen fuel storage more efficient, practical
David Mao, Visiting Scientist in Geophysical Sciences, and his daughter Wendy, a graduate student in Geophysical Sciences, have synthesized a hydrogen clathrate hydrate, a promising new compound that could lead to useful storage methods for hydrogen. The lack of practical storage methods has hindere
New method of storing hydrogen found by scientists
Scientists at the University of Chicago have proposed a new way of storing hydrogen fuel in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Los Alamos instruments to capture the sun
Three instruments designed and built by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory will help scientists understand the origin of the solar system.
Superdiamonds? Scientists discover superconductivity in diamond
Scientists working at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced today the discovery of superconductivity at ultracold temperatures in cubic diamond. The discovery offers the pot
Los Alamos pressure process makes pure zirconium glass
Zirconium may not be a girl's best friend, but by squeezing the metal with roughly the same pressure needed to make diamonds, scientists at the University of California's Los Alamos National Laboratory made a pure glass that may prove nearly as valuable as real diamonds.
Scientists discover new material that expands under pressure
Most materials get compacted or fall apart under pressure, but scientists working in an international collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven Lab scientist helps create a new form of the element carbon
A new phase of the element carbon, a superhard compressed graphite, has been identified by a research team that includes a scientist from the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Diamonds from outer space: Geologists discover origin of Earth
If indeed
Carbon coatings to prevent bacteria collecting on indwelling catheters
Wafer-thin coatings from diamond-like carbon can prevent dangerous biofilms of bacteria from forming on indwelling catheters in the urinary tract. What is more, the coated catheters glide into the ureter with con
New era for high-pressure materials research at Advanced Photon Source
A great boost in high-pressure research, a fast moving field in modern science, took place today with the dedication of the newest research facility at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.
Researchers at APS make graphite hard as diamond
Science has yet to achieve the alchemist's dream of turning lead into gold. But a group of researchers using the Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) may have found a way to turn ordinary soft lead into a new, super-hard material that 'looks' just like
Flying nanotubes are strong and hard
Diamonds are the hardest known substance. Carbon nanotubes are the strongest. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory tried to combine the best of both worlds by creating a composite nanostructure. They wanted to grow tiny carbon tubes with tiny diamonds.
Proteins can be attached to diamond layer to create bio-sensors
In research that may lead to revolutions in bio-sensing and biomedical implants, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have pioneered a process to affix organic molecules to the surface of a thin layer of
Energy Technology researchers solve energy and medical problems
Argonne's Energy Technology Division provides innovative materials and engineering solutions to national energy challenges that range from energy production and conservation to transportation. Researchers also find creative ways to re-use and extend the value of their discoveries.
Nanomaterials break out of laboratory into marketplace
Miniature medical machines that can bring sight to the blind and computers that work at the speed of light are no longer the stuff of futuristic novels. Argonne National Laboratory researchers are creating nanomaterials and nanotechnology to make these and other innovations possible, and collaborati
Argonne plays important role in development of artificial retina
A collaborative research and development agreement signed today between the U.S. Department of Energy and Second Sight LLC will help bring hope to hundreds of thousands of Americans who are losing their sight to degenerative retinal diseases.
Argonne researchers create new diamond-nanotube composite material
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have combined the world's hardest known material, diamond, with the world's strongest structural form, carbon nanotubes. This new process
Diamond nanotube technology promises new electronics products
The newest promising material for advanced technology applications is diamond nanotubes, and research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is giving new insight into the nature of nanodi
Carbon nanotube building blocks open up possibilities for advanced electronics
A new method to systematically modify the structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes could expand their electronic properties and open the path to nano-electronics.
Diamond technology to revolutionize mobile communications
The U. S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has teamed with industrial and academic partners under a DARPA Phase II research and development program to develop a new technology based on Ultrananocrystalline
Award-winning grids and collimators produce better X-ray and nuclear images
A grid as little as three millimeters tall could save lives by helping X-rays and radiotracers provide clearer diagnostic images of the human body. These X-ray anti-scatter grids and nuclear collimators, developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Creat
Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine develops protein tests to accurately detect pet food-poisoned dogs
While dogs keep dying from eating pet food tainted with aflatoxin, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine is announcing it has developed protein tests that accurately indicate a dog's liver failure caused by the toxin.
Diamonds off the conveyor belt
Precious stones are hard to see when they are extracted from the mine: They are hidden among masses of bedrock. A new sorting plant retrieves the precious diamonds and even detects the particularly valuable pure white and green gems.
Discovery of superconductivity in lithium / Critical temperature much lower than theoretically expected
Superconductivity in lithium was discovered by scientists in a collaboration of the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC, USA with the High Pressure Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, as reported in Sciencexpress. Superconductivity at a critical
The new single-bonded nitrogen phase could serve as a high-energy storage material
Nitrogen, the major constituent of air, usually consists of inert molecules where two atoms are strongly triple-bonded. Now, researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry have synthesised a polymeric cubic form of nitrogen where all atoms are connected with single covalent bonds, similar to
Australia and Southern Africa short-listed for Giant Radio Telescope
The Square Kilometer Array is a giant next-generation radio telescope being developed by scientists and research institutes in 17 countries. At a recent meeting of the International SKA Scientific Steering Committee in Dresden (Germany), hosted by the Chairman of the European SKA Consortium, Prof. A
Map sheds light on ocean floor
The result of a major research initiative between the CSIRO
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
EU promises 2 billion Euro for graphene and neuroscience ICT projects
A centre for research on graphene, a material which has the potential to revolutionise numerous industries, ranging from healthcare to electronics, is to be created at the University of Cambridge. The University has been a hub for graphene engineering from the very start and now aims to make this "w
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based
Amorphous chalcogenide glass used for cost-effective production of infrared lenses
If visibility is poor, thermal cameras can warn drivers of people or animals on the road. Yet such devices have been very expensive – until now. An important step has been taken to manufacture them more cheaply. A new process will make the infrared lenses – a component of such cameras – up to 70 per
Cold Detonation physics - a process for the explosive conversion of CO2 into nanodiamond
Fine diamond material is used industry wide for applications ranging from coating tools and drill-bits to polishing and delivering chemotherapy drugs into the body.
International experts discuss hydrogen as a future fuel at Faraday Discussion
International experts on storing hydrogen - widely billed as one of the greenest and most promising fuels of the future - were at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory during April 2011 for the 151st prestigious Faraday Discussion of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
NanoKTN to explore potential of thermoelec​trics for energy harvesting and cooling
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK
Diamond Like Coating Technology Lowers Friction dramatically
DIARC-Technology has developed its next generation coating system which enables ta-C (tetrahedral amorphous carbon) structured diamond-like coatings to be produced in volume quantities for industrial applications
Diamonds sent in space for corrosion check
Two diamonds grown at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, have been sent into space by the Atlantis space shuttle, and will remain in space for one year to be checked for suitability in future applications in satellites. Future use of diamonds in space could be for clear optical coatings t
Tooling costs and quality of high volume packaging improved by Keronite process
Applied to tooling for plastic packaging, the Keronite Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) advanced surface treatment process is enabling manufacturers of consumer products and their plastic packaging to get a rapid return on their investment in tooling. At the same time, productivity is increased a
Compression testing machine helps optimise diamond mining processes
Even though diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material, it is still very brittle. This is a problem during mining, as the comminution, separation and transport processes can all cause damage to the valua
Ted Brewer's Vivo2 Violins hit a high note with stunning color effects
Crafted by Ted Brewer Violins, an established U.K. designer of transparent violins, the ultramodern Vivo2 line features GE Plastics' Lexan Visualfx special effects resin for stunning visual impact combined with high performance. Ted, who originally hand-carved his instruments from acrylic block, tur
Glass concept car to mark Rinspeed
'There's never been anything like it' were the words used in the online edition of an acclaimed international news magazine to describe its editor's reaction when the first sketches of the new Rinspeed concept car, 'eXasis', appeared on the Internet, 'and it looks like no other vehicle before it'.
Affluence bringing increase in diabetes, researcher says
Soaring global rates of adult-onset diabetes will shorten the lives of hundreds of millions of people unless humanity starts to grapple with a deadly genetic legacy from its stone-age past, a prominent evolutionary biologist suggested Wednesday in the British journal Nature.
Experiments suggest silicon is an element in Earth
Researchers in Geophysical Sciences used a diamond anvil cell to simulate high pressures found at Earth
Compound could make hydrogen fuel storage more efficient, practical
David Mao, Visiting Scientist in Geophysical Sciences, and his daughter Wendy, a graduate student in Geophysical Sciences, have synthesized a hydrogen clathrate hydrate, a promising new compound that could lead to useful storage methods for hydrogen. The lack of practical storage methods has hindere
New method of storing hydrogen found by scientists
Scientists at the University of Chicago have proposed a new way of storing hydrogen fuel in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Los Alamos instruments to capture the sun
Three instruments designed and built by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory will help scientists understand the origin of the solar system.
Superdiamonds? Scientists discover superconductivity in diamond
Scientists working at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced today the discovery of superconductivity at ultracold temperatures in cubic diamond. The discovery offers the pot
Los Alamos pressure process makes pure zirconium glass
Zirconium may not be a girl's best friend, but by squeezing the metal with roughly the same pressure needed to make diamonds, scientists at the University of California's Los Alamos National Laboratory made a pure glass that may prove nearly as valuable as real diamonds.
Scientists discover new material that expands under pressure
Most materials get compacted or fall apart under pressure, but scientists working in an international collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven Lab scientist helps create a new form of the element carbon
A new phase of the element carbon, a superhard compressed graphite, has been identified by a research team that includes a scientist from the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Diamonds from outer space: Geologists discover origin of Earth
If indeed
Carbon coatings to prevent bacteria collecting on indwelling catheters
Wafer-thin coatings from diamond-like carbon can prevent dangerous biofilms of bacteria from forming on indwelling catheters in the urinary tract. What is more, the coated catheters glide into the ureter with con
New era for high-pressure materials research at Advanced Photon Source
A great boost in high-pressure research, a fast moving field in modern science, took place today with the dedication of the newest research facility at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.
Researchers at APS make graphite hard as diamond
Science has yet to achieve the alchemist's dream of turning lead into gold. But a group of researchers using the Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) may have found a way to turn ordinary soft lead into a new, super-hard material that 'looks' just like
Flying nanotubes are strong and hard
Diamonds are the hardest known substance. Carbon nanotubes are the strongest. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory tried to combine the best of both worlds by creating a composite nanostructure. They wanted to grow tiny carbon tubes with tiny diamonds.
Proteins can be attached to diamond layer to create bio-sensors
In research that may lead to revolutions in bio-sensing and biomedical implants, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have pioneered a process to affix organic molecules to the surface of a thin layer of
Energy Technology researchers solve energy and medical problems
Argonne's Energy Technology Division provides innovative materials and engineering solutions to national energy challenges that range from energy production and conservation to transportation. Researchers also find creative ways to re-use and extend the value of their discoveries.
Nanomaterials break out of laboratory into marketplace
Miniature medical machines that can bring sight to the blind and computers that work at the speed of light are no longer the stuff of futuristic novels. Argonne National Laboratory researchers are creating nanomaterials and nanotechnology to make these and other innovations possible, and collaborati
Argonne plays important role in development of artificial retina
A collaborative research and development agreement signed today between the U.S. Department of Energy and Second Sight LLC will help bring hope to hundreds of thousands of Americans who are losing their sight to degenerative retinal diseases.
Argonne researchers create new diamond-nanotube composite material
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have combined the world's hardest known material, diamond, with the world's strongest structural form, carbon nanotubes. This new process
Diamond nanotube technology promises new electronics products
The newest promising material for advanced technology applications is diamond nanotubes, and research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is giving new insight into the nature of nanodi
Carbon nanotube building blocks open up possibilities for advanced electronics
A new method to systematically modify the structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes could expand their electronic properties and open the path to nano-electronics.
Diamond technology to revolutionize mobile communications
The U. S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has teamed with industrial and academic partners under a DARPA Phase II research and development program to develop a new technology based on Ultrananocrystalline
Award-winning grids and collimators produce better X-ray and nuclear images
A grid as little as three millimeters tall could save lives by helping X-rays and radiotracers provide clearer diagnostic images of the human body. These X-ray anti-scatter grids and nuclear collimators, developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Creat
Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine develops protein tests to accurately detect pet food-poisoned dogs
While dogs keep dying from eating pet food tainted with aflatoxin, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine is announcing it has developed protein tests that accurately indicate a dog's liver failure caused by the toxin.
Diamonds off the conveyor belt
Precious stones are hard to see when they are extracted from the mine: They are hidden among masses of bedrock. A new sorting plant retrieves the precious diamonds and even detects the particularly valuable pure white and green gems.
Discovery of superconductivity in lithium / Critical temperature much lower than theoretically expected
Superconductivity in lithium was discovered by scientists in a collaboration of the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC, USA with the High Pressure Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, as reported in Sciencexpress. Superconductivity at a critical
The new single-bonded nitrogen phase could serve as a high-energy storage material
Nitrogen, the major constituent of air, usually consists of inert molecules where two atoms are strongly triple-bonded. Now, researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry have synthesised a polymeric cubic form of nitrogen where all atoms are connected with single covalent bonds, similar to
Australia and Southern Africa short-listed for Giant Radio Telescope
The Square Kilometer Array is a giant next-generation radio telescope being developed by scientists and research institutes in 17 countries. At a recent meeting of the International SKA Scientific Steering Committee in Dresden (Germany), hosted by the Chairman of the European SKA Consortium, Prof. A
Map sheds light on ocean floor
The result of a major research initiative between the CSIRO
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
EU promises 2 billion Euro for graphene and neuroscience ICT projects
A centre for research on graphene, a material which has the potential to revolutionise numerous industries, ranging from healthcare to electronics, is to be created at the University of Cambridge. The University has been a hub for graphene engineering from the very start and now aims to make this "w
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based
Amorphous chalcogenide glass used for cost-effective production of infrared lenses
If visibility is poor, thermal cameras can warn drivers of people or animals on the road. Yet such devices have been very expensive – until now. An important step has been taken to manufacture them more cheaply. A new process will make the infrared lenses – a component of such cameras – up to 70 per
Cold Detonation physics - a process for the explosive conversion of CO2 into nanodiamond
Fine diamond material is used industry wide for applications ranging from coating tools and drill-bits to polishing and delivering chemotherapy drugs into the body.
International experts discuss hydrogen as a future fuel at Faraday Discussion
International experts on storing hydrogen - widely billed as one of the greenest and most promising fuels of the future - were at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory during April 2011 for the 151st prestigious Faraday Discussion of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
NanoKTN to explore potential of thermoelec​trics for energy harvesting and cooling
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK
Diamond Like Coating Technology Lowers Friction dramatically
DIARC-Technology has developed its next generation coating system which enables ta-C (tetrahedral amorphous carbon) structured diamond-like coatings to be produced in volume quantities for industrial applications
Diamonds sent in space for corrosion check
Two diamonds grown at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, have been sent into space by the Atlantis space shuttle, and will remain in space for one year to be checked for suitability in future applications in satellites. Future use of diamonds in space could be for clear optical coatings t
Tooling costs and quality of high volume packaging improved by Keronite process
Applied to tooling for plastic packaging, the Keronite Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) advanced surface treatment process is enabling manufacturers of consumer products and their plastic packaging to get a rapid return on their investment in tooling. At the same time, productivity is increased a
Compression testing machine helps optimise diamond mining processes
Even though diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material, it is still very brittle. This is a problem during mining, as the comminution, separation and transport processes can all cause damage to the valua
Ted Brewer's Vivo2 Violins hit a high note with stunning color effects
Crafted by Ted Brewer Violins, an established U.K. designer of transparent violins, the ultramodern Vivo2 line features GE Plastics' Lexan Visualfx special effects resin for stunning visual impact combined with high performance. Ted, who originally hand-carved his instruments from acrylic block, tur
Glass concept car to mark Rinspeed
'There's never been anything like it' were the words used in the online edition of an acclaimed international news magazine to describe its editor's reaction when the first sketches of the new Rinspeed concept car, 'eXasis', appeared on the Internet, 'and it looks like no other vehicle before it'.
Affluence bringing increase in diabetes, researcher says
Soaring global rates of adult-onset diabetes will shorten the lives of hundreds of millions of people unless humanity starts to grapple with a deadly genetic legacy from its stone-age past, a prominent evolutionary biologist suggested Wednesday in the British journal Nature.
Experiments suggest silicon is an element in Earth
Researchers in Geophysical Sciences used a diamond anvil cell to simulate high pressures found at Earth
Compound could make hydrogen fuel storage more efficient, practical
David Mao, Visiting Scientist in Geophysical Sciences, and his daughter Wendy, a graduate student in Geophysical Sciences, have synthesized a hydrogen clathrate hydrate, a promising new compound that could lead to useful storage methods for hydrogen. The lack of practical storage methods has hindere
New method of storing hydrogen found by scientists
Scientists at the University of Chicago have proposed a new way of storing hydrogen fuel in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Los Alamos instruments to capture the sun
Three instruments designed and built by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory will help scientists understand the origin of the solar system.
Superdiamonds? Scientists discover superconductivity in diamond
Scientists working at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced today the discovery of superconductivity at ultracold temperatures in cubic diamond. The discovery offers the pot
Los Alamos pressure process makes pure zirconium glass
Zirconium may not be a girl's best friend, but by squeezing the metal with roughly the same pressure needed to make diamonds, scientists at the University of California's Los Alamos National Laboratory made a pure glass that may prove nearly as valuable as real diamonds.
Scientists discover new material that expands under pressure
Most materials get compacted or fall apart under pressure, but scientists working in an international collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven Lab scientist helps create a new form of the element carbon
A new phase of the element carbon, a superhard compressed graphite, has been identified by a research team that includes a scientist from the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
Diamonds from outer space: Geologists discover origin of Earth
If indeed
Carbon coatings to prevent bacteria collecting on indwelling catheters
Wafer-thin coatings from diamond-like carbon can prevent dangerous biofilms of bacteria from forming on indwelling catheters in the urinary tract. What is more, the coated catheters glide into the ureter with con
New era for high-pressure materials research at Advanced Photon Source
A great boost in high-pressure research, a fast moving field in modern science, took place today with the dedication of the newest research facility at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.
Researchers at APS make graphite hard as diamond
Science has yet to achieve the alchemist's dream of turning lead into gold. But a group of researchers using the Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) may have found a way to turn ordinary soft lead into a new, super-hard material that 'looks' just like
Flying nanotubes are strong and hard
Diamonds are the hardest known substance. Carbon nanotubes are the strongest. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory tried to combine the best of both worlds by creating a composite nanostructure. They wanted to grow tiny carbon tubes with tiny diamonds.
Proteins can be attached to diamond layer to create bio-sensors
In research that may lead to revolutions in bio-sensing and biomedical implants, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have pioneered a process to affix organic molecules to the surface of a thin layer of
Energy Technology researchers solve energy and medical problems
Argonne's Energy Technology Division provides innovative materials and engineering solutions to national energy challenges that range from energy production and conservation to transportation. Researchers also find creative ways to re-use and extend the value of their discoveries.
Nanomaterials break out of laboratory into marketplace
Miniature medical machines that can bring sight to the blind and computers that work at the speed of light are no longer the stuff of futuristic novels. Argonne National Laboratory researchers are creating nanomaterials and nanotechnology to make these and other innovations possible, and collaborati
Argonne plays important role in development of artificial retina
A collaborative research and development agreement signed today between the U.S. Department of Energy and Second Sight LLC will help bring hope to hundreds of thousands of Americans who are losing their sight to degenerative retinal diseases.
Argonne researchers create new diamond-nanotube composite material
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have combined the world's hardest known material, diamond, with the world's strongest structural form, carbon nanotubes. This new process
Diamond nanotube technology promises new electronics products
The newest promising material for advanced technology applications is diamond nanotubes, and research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is giving new insight into the nature of nanodi
Carbon nanotube building blocks open up possibilities for advanced electronics
A new method to systematically modify the structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes could expand their electronic properties and open the path to nano-electronics.
Diamond technology to revolutionize mobile communications
The U. S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has teamed with industrial and academic partners under a DARPA Phase II research and development program to develop a new technology based on Ultrananocrystalline
Award-winning grids and collimators produce better X-ray and nuclear images
A grid as little as three millimeters tall could save lives by helping X-rays and radiotracers provide clearer diagnostic images of the human body. These X-ray anti-scatter grids and nuclear collimators, developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Creat
Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine develops protein tests to accurately detect pet food-poisoned dogs
While dogs keep dying from eating pet food tainted with aflatoxin, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine is announcing it has developed protein tests that accurately indicate a dog's liver failure caused by the toxin.
Diamonds off the conveyor belt
Precious stones are hard to see when they are extracted from the mine: They are hidden among masses of bedrock. A new sorting plant retrieves the precious diamonds and even detects the particularly valuable pure white and green gems.
Discovery of superconductivity in lithium / Critical temperature much lower than theoretically expected
Superconductivity in lithium was discovered by scientists in a collaboration of the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC, USA with the High Pressure Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, as reported in Sciencexpress. Superconductivity at a critical
The new single-bonded nitrogen phase could serve as a high-energy storage material
Nitrogen, the major constituent of air, usually consists of inert molecules where two atoms are strongly triple-bonded. Now, researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry have synthesised a polymeric cubic form of nitrogen where all atoms are connected with single covalent bonds, similar to
Australia and Southern Africa short-listed for Giant Radio Telescope
The Square Kilometer Array is a giant next-generation radio telescope being developed by scientists and research institutes in 17 countries. At a recent meeting of the International SKA Scientific Steering Committee in Dresden (Germany), hosted by the Chairman of the European SKA Consortium, Prof. A
Map sheds light on ocean floor
The result of a major research initiative between the CSIRO
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