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Carbon dot-supported silver nanoparticles solve problem of low cost polymer LEDs and solar cells
University : 22 July, 2013
Considerable improvement in device performance of polymer-based optoelectronic devices is being reported by researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea. The new plasmonic material, can be applied to both polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) and polymer solar cells (PSCs), with record high performance, through a simple and cheap process.
 
Steel scrap market dominated by Asia-Pacific
Market Research and Forecasting : 22 July, 2013
The steel scrap market has been forecast to reach 761 million tons by 2018, driven by demand from emerging markets, increasing adoption of Electric Arc Furnaces (EAF) and increasing use of recycled steel in the manufacture of steel.
 
Reversible shape-adaptive multi-layered polymer composite offered for licensing
Contract Research Organisation : 22 July, 2013
NASA Langley Research Center has developed a novel shape memory polymer (SMP) made from composite materials for use in morphing structures. NASA has developed prototypes and now seeks a partner to license the technology for commercial applications. License rights may be issued on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis and may include specific fields of use.
 
Study: Life cycle assessment approach to vehicle emissions regulation recommended
Association : 13 July, 2013
A new study commissioned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) says that with increasing efficiencies of powertrains and fuels that contribute to lower emissions during the driving phase of the car, the use of tailpipe CO2e emissions will become "almost irrelevant in terms of focusing on true carbon profiles’ of future vehicles. This study further underscores the need for a life cycle approach in future automotive emissions regulations as vehicle production phase emission impacts become more significant.
 
R&D collaborations on corrosion prevention and metal machining in Singapore
Association : 13 July, 2013
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8m with the support of SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to help local companies strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity, and venture into growing markets. The roll-out of the collaborative industry projects was announced by Mr S Iswaran, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister, Home Affairs and Trade & Industry at SIMTech’s 20th anniversary gala dinner.
 
Concrete development tackled by mature post-grad student
Association : 13 July, 2013
Ground-breaking research into the structure of concrete is being conducted by an 82 year old PhD student from the University of Wolverhampton.
 
Nickel nanoparticles in sea urchins could provide key to climate control
Association : 24 June, 2013
A chance discovery by chemical engineers at Newcastle University has revealed that the humble sea urchin may hold the key to cost effective carbon capture and storage in the future.
 
Steel industry calls on member states to support life cycle approach to vehicle emissions
Association : 28 May, 2013
As negotiations on the EU review of the CO2 emissions from cars Regulation kick off today, the steel industry calls upon the Council to uphold Parliament’s amendment acknowledging the importance of a Life Cycle Assessment in emissions legislation after 2020.
 
Video file: Microwave refracting composites allow invisibility cloaks to be built on 3D printer
University : 28 May, 2013
A team led by scientists at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering has demonstrated the first working "invisibility cloak." The cloak deflects microwave beams so they flow around a "hidden" object inside with little distortion, making it appear almost as if nothing were there at all.
 
Catalysis and Chemical Engineering: from nanometre to kilometre
Association : 18 May, 2013
Some of the smallest engines in the chemical engineering world come under the spotlight at a new conference from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Catalysis and Chemical Engineering is a new conference from IChemE and will look at the role of catalysis for a range of issues from securing plentiful energy supplies to protecting the environment. The Conference is being held in London, UK, on 4 June 2013.
 
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
: 18 May, 2013
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst on a sheet of paper and then heated it. The printed areas on the paper were thereby converted into conductive graphite. Being an inexpensive, light and flexible raw material, paper is therefore highly suitable for electronic components in everyday objects.
 
Index steel pricing in the US will continue in another form
Market Research and Forecasting : 06 May, 2013
The practice of steel purchasing from major steel mills in the US, using discounts from CRU’s published steel price index has been abandoned. This, however, is not likely to halt the use of consultants’ pricing information in the future. The methodology for making the agreements in the past was fatally flawed, according to MEPS.
 
Record PVC recycling in Europe in 2012
Association : 06 May, 2013
VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ’recycled PVC’ has been adopted to include post-consumer and limited types of post-industrial PVC, as well as some of the regulated waste streams in the EU.
 
Finnish hydrogen roadmap: Hydrogen to play major part in ending traffic pollution
Research Institute : 06 May, 2013
The Finnish hydrogen roadmap, compiled by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and partly funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), assesses the export opportunities that can be available to Finnish businesses through international development. The report envisages the kind of energy-, climate- and industrial-political opportunities offered to Finland through widespread adoption of hydrogen energy, and presents realistic recommendations for gaining access to them.
 
Electrostrictive polymer twitches and wrinkles to combat marine biofouling
University : 22 April, 2013
By twitching their skin, ships may soon be able to shed the unwanted accumulation of bacteria and other marine growth with the flick of a switch. Duke University engineers have developed a material that can be applied like paint to the hull of a ship and will literally be able to dislodge bacteria, keeping it from accumulating on the ship’s surface. This buildup on ships increases drag and reduces the energy efficiency of the vessel, as well as blocking or clogging undersea sensors.
 
Rigid growth matrix key to success of cardiac tissue engineering
University : 14 April, 2013
Adult heart muscle is the least regenerative of human tissues. But embryonic cardiomyocytes (cardiac muscle cells) can multiply, with embryonic stem cells providing an endless reservoir for new cardiac tissue. A new study by Nakano, Gimzewski and their co-workers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) suggests that the elasticity of the physical matrix used for growing cardiomyocytes outside of the body may be critical to the success of cardiac tissue engineering efforts.
 
Biomaterials industry forecast to increase at 15% CAGR
Market Research and Forecasting : 14 April, 2013
The biomaterials market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 15% over the next five years, rising from a total of $44 billion by the end of 2012, to hit a market value of $88.4 billion by 2017.
 
PCBs can increase risk of lowered heart function
University : 09 April, 2013
There is a connection between high levels of PCBs and the heart’s ability to pump. The study is the latest of several from the Uppsala University research group showing health issues caused by PCBs, even though their use has been banned for some time.
 
Light harvesting from random nanowire mats important for next generation optoelectronics
University : 09 April, 2013
Physicists from the University of Southampton have demonstrated that transport of light in random nanowire mats is strongly correlated and governed by mesoscopic interference contributions. The very strong, collective multiple scattering and mesoscopic (between macroscopic objects and the microscopic, atomic world) light transport in three-dimensional nanowire mats is of considerable importance for applications in next-generation light-harvesting and optoelectronics devices.
 
UK Minister for Universities and Science announces £85 million research capital fund
National Laboratory : 03 April, 2013
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is to invite capital bids against an £85 million fund to increase the strength and productivity of the research base within three technologies: * Advanced Materials (£30 million) * Grid-scale Energy Storage (£30 million) * Robotics & Autonomous Systems (£25 million)
 
Innovation Network for Substitution of Critical Raw Materials launches in Brussels
Research Funding : 03 April, 2013
The FP7-funded project CRM_InnoNet is hosting a workshop to launch the Innovation Network for Substitution of Critical Raw Materials on 15 April in Brussels. The CRM_InnoNet Innovation Network will be a proactive and dynamic network of key stakeholders from industry, academia and other organisations interested in the substitution of critical raw materials
 
Published ISO standard defines calculation method of carbon dioxide emissions from iron and steel production
Association : 22 March, 2013
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) is welcoming the publication of an ISO standard that defines a calculation method of carbon dioxide emission intensity from iron and steel production. The standard is based on the CO2 data collection methodology that has been used for the past five years in the steel industry.
 
Hexagonal alloys feature in key UK Government-sponsored Frontier Engineering funding
Research Funding : 18 March, 2013
New innovative engineering projects and an international partnership between the UK and US will bring leading engineers and scientists together to address some of the major engineering challenges facing the world.
 
Government and Industry Joint Strategy secures £2 billion investment for aerospace R&D
Research Funding : 18 March, 2013
This long term investment will be overseen by a new Aerospace Technology Institute - an industry-led body that will bring a national, single focus to research and facilities in the sector.
 
Materials Substitution for Safety, Security and Sustainability: expression of interest for UK research proposals
Research Funding : 15 March, 2013
EPSRC is inviting Expressions of Interest to bid into the call for research proposals in Materials Substitution for Safety, Security and Sustainability. The aim of the call is to support research that addresses the manufacturing challenges associated with novel replacements for materials that are scarce, difficult to source, expensive or deleterious to health and the environment.
 
Fluorescent-coated plastic film may lead to gesture-controlled PCs
Association : 25 February, 2013
Digital cameras, medical scanners, and other imaging technologies have advanced considerably during the past decade. Continuing this pace of innovation, an Austrian research team has developed an entirely new way of capturing images based on a flat, flexible, transparent, and potentially disposable polymer sheet.
 
Paint for metals has higher anti-corrosive protection
University : 25 February, 2013
Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón (Spain) are working on a new type of coating that provides higher protection against metal corrosion due to its improved adherence to the metal surface and its anti-corrosion properties.
 
Industry Affiliate Scheme aims to help organisations with materials selection
Association : 24 February, 2013
IOM3 has launched an all-new industry affiliate scheme (IAS) to assist small and large enterprises with their materials queries. The IAS understands that companies may not have in house expertise to select materials for their upcoming product ranges and offers an array of benefits.
 
Testing ultra-high temperature ceramic composites at 2700C
University : 24 February, 2013
Loughborough University is leading a new £4.2 million research project to develop next-generation materials able to operate in the most extreme environments.
 
Single molecule sieves separate complex molecular mixtures
Space Technology : 20 February, 2013
Chemists at the University of Liverpool have created a new technique that could be used in industry to separate complex organic chemical mixtures. The findings are part of a five-year research programme in new materials discovery, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and are published in Nature Chemistry.
 
Space provides new frontier for advanced sputter coating
University : 20 February, 2013
Space satellites will be launched on a mission to observe worlds beyond the known solar system thanks to a revolutionary new plasma coating - High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) - developed in the labs at Sheffield Hallam University.for space satellite cryocoolers - the specialist device that regulates their temperature so that they can function in space.
 
Webinar briefing launches HITEA 2 Competition, seeking highly innovative technology enablers In aerospace
Research Funding : 13 February, 2013
The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £5 million in collaborative research and development that encourages innovative solutions to some of the higher-risk challenges facing the UK aerospace industry. This competition will continue to focus on the development of innovative or disruptive solutions in high-risk technology areas with high potential identified in the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy roadmaps.
 
Energy Innovation Hub to tackle US rare earth materials shortages
National Laboratory : 13 February, 2013
The US Department of Energy has announced that a team led by Ames Laboratory has been awarded up to $120 million over five years to establish an Energy Innovation Hub that will develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for US energy security. The new research centre, to be named the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), will bring together leading researchers from academia, four Department of Energy national laboratories, and the private sector.
 
Fast 3D Printing on the Micrometer Scale
University : 13 February, 2013
At the Photonics West, the international fair for photonics in San Francisco, Nanoscribe GmbH, a spin-off of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), presented the world’s fastest 3D printer of micro- and nanostructures. With this printer, smallest three-dimensional objects, often smaller than the diameter of a human hair, can be manufactured with minimum time consumption and maximum resolution. The printer is based on a novel laser lithography method.
 
Thin film polymer patches enable safer, more effective DNA vaccines
University : 01 February, 2013
Polymer film derveloped at MIT gradually releases DNA coding for viral proteins could offer a better alternative to traditional vaccines.
 
GBI Research: Caprolactam market driven by emerging Asian economies
Market Research and Forecasting : 18 January, 2013
Caprolactam is a chemical primarily used in the production of nylon fibers and resins, and production levels are rising in Asia as industrial demand builds, states a new report by industry experts GBI Research.
 
Separating gases using rigid polymer sieve
University : 18 January, 2013
More efficient gas separations can be achieved using a new polymer that selectively sieves gas molecules.
 
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Association : 14 January, 2013
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
 
Brief guide to polymer nomenclature published
Professional Society : 03 January, 2013
This short, two-page document gives a summary of all the polymer-relevant recommendations. Furthermore, it provides direct hyperlinks to freely available references. It calls on IUPAC and CAS resources, making it a proper portal to polymer nomenclature.
 
Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
Research Institute : 03 January, 2013
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January, 2013, in Munich, Germany.
 
Visiongain: Global ceramic coatings market to be worth $5.98 billion in 2013
Market Research and Forecasting : 15 December, 2012
The ceramic coatings market is forecast by Visiongain to record solid growth over the next decade, as ceramic coatings become more popular. The Global High Performance Ceramic Coatings Market 2013-2023 report will be of value to current and future potential investors into the ceramic coatings industry, as well as companies and research centres who wish to broaden their knowledge of the market.
 
Reconfigurable milli-motein robot - the robotic equivalent of a Swiss army knife?
University : 04 December, 2012
The device doesn’t look like much: a caterpillar-sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home-workshop drawer. But the technology behind it, and the long-range possibilities it represents, are quite remarkable.
 
Elastic strain in thin solar funnel can better harness solar energy
University : 04 December, 2012
Taking advantage of materials under elastic strain, MIT engineers are proposing a new way of harnessing photons for electricity, with the potential for capturing a wider spectrum of solar energy.
 
Development of Missile Technologies: call for proposals open for EUR14 million competition
Research Funding : 04 December, 2012
MCM ITP, the Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation & Technology Partnership, has launched a call for research proposals that will make use of the MCM ITP's EUR14 million research budget
 
Emerging technologies to drive growth identified in UK Government Foresight report
Research Funding : 04 December, 2012
New technologies including ′smart’ fabrics, 3D printing and energy solutions have been highlighted as some of the innovations that could drive growth over the next 20 years, according to the latest Foresight report, launched by David Willetts.
 
Lightweight polymer lens technology could give troops battlefield vision advantage
Research Funding : 04 December, 2012
Engineers have made a string of breakthroughs with their thin polymer lenses that would result in a significantly lighter set of combat specs for troops in the field.
 
Powder metallurgy market to be dominated by emerging Asian countries
Market Research and Forecasting : 26 November, 2012
The global powder metallurgy market has been forecast to hit a value of nearly $26.5 billion by 2017, increasing from a valuation of $20.5 billion, recorded in 2012. This report, an update of an earlier report, has the goal of providing the most up-to-date information on the current status of the global powder metallurgy market and to assess its growth potential during the period from 2012 to 2017. The different types of metal powders and their consumption in different applications are of particular interest.
 
Atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) makes producing biocompatible and super-absorbent materials easier
Research Institute : 26 November, 2012
Acrylic acid-based polymers and co-polymers can now be synthesised using free radical chemistry, thanks to new ligand–initiator type molecules.
 
Nanoscale block copolymers designed to be impervious to deformation
University : 21 November, 2012
A Rice University lab, in collaboration with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, have created nanoscale target materials, microscale ammunition and even the method for firing them.
 
Generative manufacturing used to make a wireless sensor network and the means of powering it
: 21 November, 2012
Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars and power stations. They can "harvest’ the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient. At the Electronica 2012 trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers presented a printed thermogenerator, which in the future will be able to generate energy supply for sensors through temperature differences.
 
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