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Materials news, September 2015

CST Composites secures AUS$1.4 million funding

CST Composites has received a AUS$1.4 million (US$1 milion) grant from the Australian government.

Hexagon Lincoln introduces lightweight tank for automotives

Hexagon Lincoln has introduced a carbon fiber, 16 inch, Type 4 pressure vessel for the transit bus and refuse market.

H.C. Starck has made changes to its Executive Board.

Umicore plans to make significant investments at its cobalt refining and recycling plant in Olen, Belgium.

Scientists have used imperfections running through liquid crystals as a template for the synthesis of novel materials.

Environmental impact of green composites based on nanocellulose-reinforced epoxy composites.

A novel method for combining proteins and synthetic polymers could produce biomaterials with unprecedented properties.

A non-toxic, inexpensive cathode material for sodium-ion batteries is more stable than previous versions.

NanoSteel has introduced the company’s first powders that can be used in components for highly abrasive environments.

National Gas and Industrial Company (Gasco) and Hexagon Composites' subsidiary Hexagon Ragasco have entered into a long-term distribution agreement.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has completed the first fuselage made of composite materials for Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor.

Haydale, a developer of graphene and nanoparticulate materials, has recently been awarded a number of research grants totalling over £450,000.

A nanosheet-based photonic crystal that changes color in response to moisture could be used for 'contactless control'.

A novel microscopy technique for determining the 3D position of individual atoms can identify point defects in a material.

By studying metallic glasses, scientists have revealed that the atoms in glass form a fractal pattern at small scales.

The TPRC, based in Enschede, The Netherlands, is leading a research consortium focusing on the overmolding process of thermoplastic composites.

Arburg reports that its PIM team will attend two trade fairs dealing with the processing of metal and ceramic powders.

The EPMA has released the Attendee List for Euro PM2015.

JRTL has helped develop a more efficient way to repair composite tools.

Understanding the behavior of silicon nitride could lead to better performance devices for orthopedics.

A new stretchable, transparent conductor can be stretched and released at least 10,000 times without showing signs of fatigue.

Scientists have developed complex self-folding structures using components made from smart shape-memory polymers.

A novel transparent material improves the performance of solar cells by shunting away heat while still letting through visible light.

A new synthetic material made from 1 billion tiny magnets undergoes phase transitions as the temperature changes.

Hexagon Composites' wholly-owned subsidiary Hexagon Raufoss reports that it is downsizing its operating model to improve profit.

A call for presentations is being issued for the technical program for AMPM2016.

Royal DSM has been named among worldwide leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

Arcam AB has received an order for five Arcam Q10 systems from China-based Beijing AK Medical.

origami technique produces stiff but flexible engineering structures

A new ultra-thin invisibility ‘skin’ cloak can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light.

new light-sensitive, plant–human hybrid protein molecule could help memory

Marc Christian Koppe, current head of the refinish coatings business of BASF Coatings Services GmbH, will becoming MD of PCI Europe.

Concept Laser plans to show the additive manufacturing process chain at the TCT Show.

Textile Media Services has published a new book covering the use of carbon and natural fibers in automotive composites.

Spain-based MyMat Solutions has launched a new range of nylon filaments for the 3d printing of nylon.

VELOX, has extended its partnership with AVINTIV, the new name for PGI.

Norsk Titanium AS (NTi) has appointed Chet Fuller as chief commercial officer.

Arcam’s metal powder subsidiary, AP&C, is adding capacity to its titanium and nickel super-alloy powder manufacturing operation.

Kennametal has announced plans to relocate its world headquarters to an urban location as part of a new global strategy.

A team of physicists has induced stable ferroelectricity in a sheet of strontium titanate only a few nanometers thick.

Hydrogen-making catalyst using cheaper and more abundant materials.

Scientists have developed coated silica nanoparticles for treating sensitive teeth.

A new study of the catalytic behavior of platinum nanoparticles has revealed the importance of the iron oxide they sit on.

Learning about photosynthesis with 2D HYSCORE spectroscopy

For the first time, researchers have imaged how light moves inside an exotic class of matter known as hyperbolic materials.

The MPIF has launched a website covering powder metallurgy microstructures.

Kennametal Inc has made two changes to the executive management team.

UK textile supplier Scott & Fyfe has been named a member of the Composites UK trade association.

Scientists have developed a unique model for the fast and accurate prediction of novel metal alloy materials for catalysis.

A new model can predict for the first time which combinations of metals will best form metallic glass.

A new catalyst could help fuel-efficient automobile engines to run more cleanly and efficiently.

Simple, new technique creates tiny hollow cages of Pt with walls just a few atoms thick that could be used in catalysis.

Individual nanoparticles in solution can be resolved in 3D by combining developments in electron microscopy, biology, and computation.

EDANA has launched the full program of speakers ahead of the Turkish Nonwovens Symposium, to be held in Istanbul from 10–11 November 2015.

Windform XT 2.0 plastic additive manufacturing (AM) material has passed European Space Agency (ESA) screening outgassing tests.

Atomising Systems Ltd (Sheffield) and Perdac plan to run an intensive two-day advanced course on manufacturing metal powders by atomization.

Frank Herzog, founder and CEO of 3D printer Concept Laser has been nominated for the German Future Prize 2015.

The organisers of Composites Europe 2015 have set out the themes for this year’s show, which takes place from 22–24 September in Stuttgart, Germany.

Composites UK has released the names of the shortlisted nominees for its 2015 composites industry awards.

AM and MIM specialist Proto Labs Inc has been named in Fortune Magazine’s 2015 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List.

Alcoa has curtailed the 887,000 metric tons per year of alumina refining capacity of Suralco, the aluminum producing company it owns with Alumina Ltd.

Ultra strong coupling for improved performance in microcavity OLEDs.

High-temperature 3D printing of transparent glass objects now possible.

Growing graphene on a liquid layers enables the production of high quality, large single crystals.

Japanese arts of origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting) inspire scientists and engineers to make graphene into three-dimensional structures.

Materials and Design is feeling refreshed with a new ISSN.

Scientists have announced the first observation of a dynamic Mott transition in a superconductor.

A novel catalyst made from cheap, abundant materials is almost as effective as platinum at splitting water to produce hydrogen.

Combining super-resolution microscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy produces a new technique for studying pores.

Höganäs AB has appointed Ann-Sofie Räftegård as vice president, human resources at the company.

Understanding exciton behavior in photovoltaic materials

Growing magnetic layers on a 2D crystal can provide highly local control over the preferred direction of the magnetism.

A new 'electron camera' shows how individual atoms move to form wrinkles in a single layer of molecules.

RTP Company has introduced RTP 100 eXtra Performance (XP) Compounds .

Sandvik Coromant has introduced the CB7015 indexable insert tool for the production of transmission components.

Sandvik AB has been selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

The new car market in the UK recorded its 42nd consecutive month of growth in August, according to figures published today.

Filtration specialist Porvair has supplied its sintered metal powder Triple Element Filters (TEFs) to PetroSA, South Africa’s national oil company.

Sandvik Mining plans to maintain operations at its subsidiary plant in Turku, Finland.

TenCate Advanced Armor has been selected by the DME to integrate ab active blast countermeasure system on to the US Army combat vehicle prototype (CVP).

Scientists have discovered that plastics don't need to possess ordered polymer chains in order to conduct electricity.

Elsevier celebrate Kris Matyjaszewski’s 65th Birthday with a Special Issue of polymer on Macromolecular Engineering dedicated to him.

Canadian physicists have produced superconducting graphene for the first time, by coating it with lithium atoms.

A novel material is able to split water by using gold nanoparticles to produce hot electrons.

Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd (HCS) has entered into a collaborative 18 month research project to develop graphene reinforced composites.

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A new hip system made using Arcam’s electron beam melting (EBM) technology has been formally approved by the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration.

Dr Randal M German will give a one tutorial during PM China, taking place from 27–29 April 2016 in Shanghai.

Michael Kroeker has been appointed CFO of sintering specialist PMG Holding GmbH.

French testing company Institut de Soudure and Composite Integrity have just carried out non-destructive testing on the IMOCA monohull.

3D Printing Engineering has developed new 3D printing services which it will be showcasing at the TCT Show.

A new one-step process can make carbon-based nanomaterials that possess superior physical properties in three dimensions.

A new way to study nanoparticles one at a time has revealed that seemingly identical particles can have very different properties.

Hoeganaes Corporation will present three technical papers at Euro PM2015, which takes place in Reims, France, from 4–7 October.

epm: technology group has won a £22 million plus order to produce and supply composite aircraft interior components and sub structures.

A newly developed polymer material can emit light of different colors in response to a wide variety of external conditions.

Scientists have created the first synthetic structure made of both protein and DNA.

Orbital ATK Inc has been awarded the Rolls-Royce chief operating officer (COO) award.

Schunk Sintermetalltechnik has installed a Sacmi MPH press line for the processing of metal powders.

Hoeganaes Corporation has launched AncorAM, a new product line of metal powders engineered for additive manufacturing (AM).

A team of chemical engineers have developed bioactive titania scaffolds that encourage bone tissue to regenerate, speeding up the healing process.

Working with Nissan, a team of researchers have successfully developed a platinum-free catalyst, for use in fuel cells for the car's of tomorrow.

Scientists at the GE Global Research labs (GRC) have developed a method of cold spraying metal powder onto repair parts.

Materials Solutions Limited, based in Worcester, UK, has received a strategic investment from the Siemens’ venture capital unit (SVC).

Formax has supplied more information about its new Innovation Centre.

A report from MarketsandMarkets suggests that the pultrusion end market could reach around US$2,045.2 million by 2020.

Theoretical calculations suggest that the properties of atom-thick sheets of boron depend on where those atoms are deposited.

An innovative method for getting nanoparticles to self-assemble utilizes the medium in which the particles are suspended.

A single drop of water can repair tears in a novel biopolymer derived from the suckers on squid tentacles.

The inner space of carbon nanotubes can act as a template for the synthesis of nanodiamond-like carbon chains.

Arcam AB is expanding its presence in the US through a new facility for sales and service in Woburn, Massachusetts.

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) is offering free of charge pre-forming services for customers buying the company’s UD prepregs.

VELOX will be exhibiting its range of composites and additives specialities at Composites Europe.

Additive Industries has appointed the previously leader of a 3D tungsten printing team at Philips Healthcare as manager.

Scientists have successfully wrapped up droplets in thin polymer sheets.

Kennametal Inc has elected Jan Kees van Gaalen to the position of vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).

Concept Laser has reported a 35% revenue increase in the first six months of 2015.

By finding a way to get metal-organic frameworks to melt, scientists have developed a novel type of glass.

The UK EPSRC has awarded a £5.4 million grant for research into new advanced biomaterials in healthcare.

Engineers have created a biocompatible scaffold that allows sheets of beating heart cells to snap together just like velcro.

A novel molecular system can both absorb carbon dioxide and selectively reduce it to carbon monoxide.

Read our latest special issue on Self-Healing Polymers.

Fabrisonic LLC, a manufacturer of ultrasonic additive manufacturing (AM) machines, has received a Boeing 2014 Performance Excellence Award.

RTI International Metals has become a strategic investor and minority partner with Norsk Titanium AS (NTi).

TRB Lightweight Structures has launched its range of Cellite 840 composite panels for aerospace applications.

The structures technology department of the NLR is running a course on resin transfer molding (RTM) manufacturing technology from 6-8 October 2015.

Key Safety Systems (KSS) has commenced production in a new carbon fiber trim factory at Valle Hermoso, Mexico.

Ventec USA will exhibit its range of projects at PCB West taking place from 15–17 September 2015 in Santa Clara, California.

Polymer scaffolding has allowed scientists to see how plant cells behave and interact with each other in a 3D environment.

Scientists in the US have taken advantage of a sponge-like gel called a ‘cryogel’ to produce a novel type of cancer vaccine.

General Moly Inc has reported net loss for the three months ended 30 June, 2015 of US$6.8 million.

GKN Powder Metallurgy has agreed to form a joint venture with Bazhou Hongsheng Industrial Company Ltd.

Software developed at Purdue University for modeling composite materials has been commercialized by a US company.

Teijin Limited has opened a Technology Development Center for the research and development of its high performance fibers and composite materials business.

Cannon plans to showcase its complete range of solutions for automotive and transportation composites at Composites Europe.

The Board of Sandvik has appointed Björn Rosengren to succeed current CEO Olof Faxander from November 2015.

Slovak PM supplier Kovohuty Metal Powders has appointed Thorsten Kiehnbast as sales director.

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