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Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
University : 04 January, 2016
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents–a trait that could make it an important technology for quickly mitigating these costly accidents.
 
Imaging technology to design and build greener and safer aircraft
University : 04 February, 2015
The University of Southampton is helping to develop new imaging technology to be used in the design, manufacture and maintenance for current and future generations of carbon composite aircraft. Led by QinetiQ, the UK consortium of the University of Southampton and University College London (UCL) and four companies in ProjectCAN brings together world leaders from academia, the aerospace industry and X-ray inspection equipment manufacture.
 
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
University : 28 December, 2014
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and transport.
 
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
University : 20 September, 2014
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development of new materials which are light, flexible and very strong: just as chainmail was a breakthrough over heavy suits of armour in medieval times, this could be a big step towards materials created using nanotechnology.
 
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
University : 15 April, 2014
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
 
Gas turbine laboratory boosts research into more efficient and cleaner gas turbines
University : 24 November, 2013
The highly adaptable gas turbine engine is one of the most frequently utilised sources of power in the modern age. Derivatives exist in applications ranging from the generation of electric power and jet propulsion to the supply of compressed air and heat. A new research facility at the University of Bath has helped researchers secure funding to develop more efficient and cleaner gas turbines.
 
University Research Chair underpins composite aircraft developments
University : 10 November, 2013
A leading aerospace composites researcher from the University of Bath has been awarded a Research Chair by the Royal Academy of Engineering and GKN Aerospace to carry out work that will have a significant impact on the design and manufacture of composite structures for future aircraft.
 
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
University : 29 August, 2013
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as a combination of analytic tools offered by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin research centre. The crystalline nanostructure gives the polymer new properties which could be of interest for producing new types of coatings.
 
Polymer shrinks when it gets too hot
University : 27 August, 2013
Researchers in China have designed a smart polymer supercapacitor that reversibly shuts down when it gets too hot. Below its lower critical solution temperature of 32C, the polymer exists in a hydrophilic configuration and takes on water, which allows charge transport. Above 32C, however, the polymer shrinks and becomes hydrophobic, inhibiting charge transfer.
 
Super-slippery "structured liquid" coating gets ALL the ketchup out of the bottle
University : 15 August, 2013
LiquiGlide is a revolutionary super-slippery coating platform that allows cosmetic products like shampoo, conditioner, and lotion and thick sauces and condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, jelly, and even honey to slide easily out of their bottles. What may seem like a trivial application is actually a $100+ billion industry worldwide. Other applications are foreseen in energy, desalination, transportation and manufacturing.
 
Micro-machines for the human body
University : 12 August, 2013
A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University has found a way to print biocompatible components for micro-machines, making them ideal for use in medical devices, like bionic arms.
 
Soft robotic devices using water-based gels
University : 12 August, 2013
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating devices out of a water-based hydrogel material that can be patterned, folded and used to manipulate objects. The technique holds promise for use in "soft robotics’ and biomedical applications.
 
Hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis controls pore sizes
University : 12 August, 2013
Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis method that may help make these materials useful for applications ranging from catalysis to bioengineering.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Heat-powered cascade laser needs no electric current
University : 21 November, 2012
In micro electronics heat often causes problems and engineers have to put a lot of technical effort into cooling, for example micro chips, to dissipate heat that is generated during operation. Innsbruck physicists have now suggested a concept for a laser that could be powered by heat. This idea may open a completely new way for cooling microchips.
 
Laser-printed polymer circuits point to less expensive electronics
University : 18 November, 2012
The National Technical University of Athens in Greece has developed a method for potentially ushering in an age of cheaper electronics. The researchers successfully created polymer circuits using laser printing, which eliminates the needs for solvents that can cause more harm than good. So far, the team responsible has printed photovoltaic and biological sensing circuits.
 
Directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers could bring fivefold disk drive storage boost
University : 16 November, 2012
The storage capacity of hard disk drives could increase by a factor of five thanks to processes developed by chemists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin.
 
GRIN (Gradient Refractory INdex) polymer lens nearly identical to human eye lens
University : 16 November, 2012
A multi-layered polymer gradient refractive index (GRIN) lens inspired by the human eye could one day provide a more natural alternative to implantable eye lenses and consumer vision products.
 
Electrical and mechanical self-healing composite targets electronic skin applications
University : 16 November, 2012
Researchers at Stanford University have created a new flexible skin-like material that has the ability to heal itself, which could pave the way for a new generation of prosthetics. Further development could also lead to regeneration of organs and limitless other possibilities.
 
Looking through an opaque material
University : 12 November, 2012
A team of researchers from the Netherlands and Italy has succeeded in making sharp pictures of objects hidden behind an opaque screen.
 
Assessing damage to steel-reinforced concrete from salting winter roads
University : 11 November, 2012
Swedish scientists have studied models to help road and bridge maintenance engineers work out how much damage salting the roads in winter might cause to steel-reinforced concrete structures.
 
Rotating vortex beams based on silicon nitride thin film - a fresh approach to electron microscopy
University : 11 November, 2012
A method of producing extremely intense vortex beams, rotating like a tornado, has been discovered at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) and offer new possibilities for electron microscopy.
 
Nottingham University opens Aerospace Technology Centre
University : 08 November, 2012
Nottingham University's new, £5m Aerospace Technology Centre has been opened by John Rishton, chief executive of Rolls-Royce.
 
Preventing wear in electronics production
University : 05 November, 2012
In a solution to clamp damage in PCB production, the damaged clamps migrate in a circular path within the production facility as if on a carousel. And, like the PCBs that they hold, a new thin layer of copper is plated onto them.
 
Electrochromic glazing for glass windows could save 23% on daily lighting usage
University : 20 September, 2012
An advanced electronic glazing system that darkens windows at the touch of a button and has the potential to revolutionise building façade design is being tested in offices at De Montfort University (DMU).
 
AMRC Sheffield develops industrial research links with Mexico
University : 01 April, 2011
The University of Sheffield has signed an agreement with Mexico
 
Metallurgy undergraduates on the rise again
University : 27 March, 2011
From the mid-1980s, the number of undergraduates taking courses in the Department fell away, as it did in Materials Departments around the UK and North America. Happily in the last few years our numbers have been recovering steadily with increases in the firstyear course feeding through into later years.
 
Splat process - interaction of free falling copper droplets with heated substrates
University : 23 March, 2011
Researchers have been investigating the processes involved when coatings are applied to materials since the physical mechanisms underlying interactions between surfaces and the coatings sprayed onto them are poorly understood.
 
Titan transmission electron microscopes unveiled in Cambridge is most powerful in UK
University : 20 March, 2011
On Friday 10 September David Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, devoted part of a visit to this University to unveil the latest addition to the Department
 
Sereno, team discover prehistoric giant Sarcosuchus imperator in African desert
University : 13 August, 2007
Paleontologist Paul Sereno has uncovered the remains of a giant prehistoric crocodile from the African Sahara that dwarfs its modern counterparts. The animal, called Sarcosuchus imperator (
 
Gesturing aids thinking, memory
University : 13 August, 2007
Susan Goldin-Meadow and her colleagues have discovered that gesturing while speaking aids a speaker
 
Study conducted in Chicago neighborhoods calls
University : 13 August, 2007
A major study by University researchers who videotaped street activity on thousands of blocks throughout Chicago shows there is a much smaller connection than commonly believed between a neighborhood
 
Brain activity is influenced by chemosignals, University researchers find
University : 12 August, 2007
University researchers have found for the first time that airborne
 
Prenatal exposure to methamphetamine increases risk to males who use drug in teen or adult years
University : 12 August, 2007
Exposure before birth to methamphetamine, the world
 
Herbal supplements may cause risks for patients anticipating surgeries
University : 12 August, 2007
A new study by researchers in the University Medical Center gives patients and physicians specific recommendations for discontinuing the use of herbal medications prior to surgery. In the Journal of the American Medical Association, the three physicians assess the interactions between herbs, anesthesia and surgery and suggest ways to reduce the associated risks.
 
University astronomers learn more about possible dangers of solar flares during solar maximum
University : 12 August, 2007
Once every 11 years, the sun
 
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