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Materials news, December 2015

A new process that uses vapor, rather than liquid, to grow metal-organic frameworks could lead to a new breed of powerful electronic devices.

A new mixed oxide catalyst made from zinc and zirconium can convert bio-based ethanol to isobutene in one easy step.

Scientist have modeled a new hybrid material that can reconfigure itself into different shapes when exposed to light and heat.

Metal organic framework materials using CVD.

A tenable diode for photons

Understanding creep in semiconductors compared with metals

Counting electrons to boost catalyst efficiency

Top 5 news items of 2015 from Materials Today.

Scientists have developed a freeze-casting technique that allows them to design and create strong, tough and lightweight materials.

For the first time, researchers have investigated how much electrical charge nanoparticles transfer to their support.

In their search for materials that can withstand supercritical ammonia, scientists tested 35 metals, two metalloids and 17 ceramic materials.

A novel hydrocarbon-based nanomaterial could be a ‘green’ replacement for superhydrophobic fluorocarbons.

Quintus Technologies has installed a hot isostatic press (HIP) in Anhui province, China.

Commercial vehicle production in the UK saw a 24.6% uplift in November 2015.

The Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) has reelected Gilmar Lima, general director of MVC Soluções em Plásticos, as president.

TPI Composites Inc has been awarded a US$3 million program by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a lightweight hybrid composite door.

By developing a way to line up three gold nanoparticles of increasing size, scientists have developed a nanolens for focusing light.

A new anti-reflection coating made up of metal nanopillars lets light through without hampering the flow of electricity in optoelectronic devices.

The U.S. Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has nominated three individuals to join its Hall of Fame.

The DLA has awarded a contract to Flightware Inc to develop a real time, automated inspection system for composites.

Scientists have have produced highly durable and active platinum-iron nanoparticles with a carbon shell for use as fuel cell catalysts.

Metal powders could provide a more viable long-term replacement for fossil fuels than hydrogen, biofuels or batteries.

AlphaSTAR Corporation’s Genoa 3D printing simulation software has been selected as a winner of the 2015 R&D 100 Award.

UK air treatment specialist Hi-line Industries Ltd has appointed two regional distribution support managers.

TPI Composites Inc reports that James A. Hughes has joined its board of directors.

Victrex has announced that it will build a new PEEK composite facility for unidirectional (UD) tape at its U.K. headquarters.

Hardide’s Hardide-T coating has shown improved fracture toughness and anti-galling properties.

Gasbarre Furnace Group /J.L. Becker Company recently shipped a furnace to an aerospace company in the U.S. Midwest.

A new germanium nanofilm not only shimmers like an opal but is hard as a crystal, exceptionally thin and highly porous.

US scientists have developed a new phase field model to describe nucleation and growth in a material’s microstructure.

PolyOne Corporation, a provider of specialized polymer materials, has acquired Magenta Master Fibers.

JEC Group has become a consortium member of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) in the U.S.

Kennametal reports that it has reduced its previously announced financial expectations for 2016.

Morgan Advanced Materials has developed a new range of high-temperature kiln furniture.

Adding minuscule silicon pillars to the surface of a solar cell can more than double the amount of energy it produces.

A smart wound dressing made from a stretchy hydrogel can incorporate temperature sensors, LED lights and other electronics.

Tests on the toxicity of several graphene materials revealed that graphene oxide could make super-strong dental fillings that don't corrode.

Scientists have used graphene produced by heating plastic sheets with a laser to create flexible, solid-state micro-supercapacitors.

Additive manufacturing (AM) specialist Optomec reports that GE Ventures and Autodesk Inc have both made strategic investments in the company.

Norsk Titanium says that it has demonstrated its RPD process to aerospace participants of the European Space Agency (ESA) €20 million AMAZE initiative.

WMT&R has received Nadcap accreditation for nonmetallic and composites testing at its new facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company have approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals.

Dr. John Carson has been awarded the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2015 Particle Technology Forum award.

New members welcomed for their outstanding scientific achievements.

Abbott Furnace Company, has made three new appointments to its team, according to the MPIF.

Researchers have developed cancer-killing nanoparticles that swell and burst when exposed to near-infrared laser light.

Could oceans be cleaned using entirely self-powered systems? A group of Chinese researchers believes so...

Airborne Composites and Siemens have opened what they say is the first ‘digital factory’ in Ypenburg, the Netherlands.

Velox GmbH has extended its partnership with Wolfangel in Poland from January 2016.

Marc Saunders from Renishaw has created a video which discusses how AM relies on a chain of processes.

The EPMA has announced that Jonathan Wroe, EPMA executive director, passed away on Friday 4 December after a short illness.

A new material consisting of nanocellulose and a conductive polymer boasts an outstanding ability to store energy.

A newly-developed polymer can minimize energy loss when converting sunlight to electricity in a solar cell.

Kennametal Inc has elected Charles (Chuck) M. Byrnes, Jr. to the position of Kennametal vice president.

Fraunhofer Institute and RWTH Aachen University have launched the International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing (ICTM).

Coperion can now offer complete installations for the production of long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFTs).

Ashland Inc has appointed Gregory W. Elliott as vice president and chief human resources and communications officer.

Cytec Industries Inc has opened a new US$13 million application center in Heanor, UK.

Makin Metals has appointed Phil Wilcock as finance director, replacing Brian Hope.

A new boron nitride nanosheet can absorb up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents.

Scientists have developed a new process for fabricating 'perfect' white graphene, also known as hexagonal boron nitride.

NTN Corporation's consolidated subsidiaries NTN Powder Metal Corporation and Nippon Kagaku Yakin Co Ltd have merged.

Nanoscale octopods made of gold and palladium can do double duty as catalysts and plasmonic sensors.

A new ASTM test method has been launched to provide a way to determine the tensile and compressive stress on metallic coatings.

Diamond-coated micro-sized pillars could sharpen up cochlear implants by acting as a guide for regrowing auditory neurons

DuPont today updated its sustainability goals for 2020.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts has entered into a joint venture with Loxley Public Company Limited.

Scientists have discovered that doping tin selenide with sodium boosts its performance as a thermoelectric material.

Scientists have produced a new kind of gold foam that is lighter than water and almost as light as air.

DuPont Performance Polymers has received the 2015 Overall Performance Award from MAHLE.

LM Wind Power has named Reichhold as the company’s most innovative supplier in 2015.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts and China Automotive Import and Export Co Ltd (CAIEC) have formed a joint venture.

Carpenter Technology Corporation has announced net sales of US$455.6 million in Q1 2016, compared to sales of US$549.8 million in the same period of 2015.

Dr. Michael Krehl has resigned from his position at PMG Holding GmbH due to different opinions on group strategy.

Gamesa has signed an agreement with Enbridge to install 45 G97-2.1 MW and four G90-2.0 MW wind turbines.

Metal chemicals company OM Group Inc plans to change its name to Vectra Co.

A joint study carried out by Freeman Technology and Gerteis Maschinen + Processengineering AG has been carried out on Freeman’s FT4 Powder Rheometer.

ARRK has expanded its operations in the UK by opening a new dedicated building for rapid CNC machining in Gloucester.

Using an organic superacid to fix defects in molybdenum disulphide produced a 100-fold increase in its photoluminescence quantum yield.

Researchers have produced tandem solar cells from polycrystalline thin films, using a method that is suitable for mass production.

Ashland Performance Materials has appointed Kemi-Intressen AB as its new distributor for Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

A two-storey high ladybird designed as a media center for children in a Dubai hospital has been made using DIAB materials.

Tom Houck, vice president of U.S. ARC MIM, has been elected president of the Metal Injection Molding Association (‘MIMA’).

Bodycote reports 7.5% lower revenue from the period from July to October 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.

Scientists have developed novel catalysts made from self-assembled porous silica material containing finely-positioned metal nanoparticles.

Researchers have developed a new process that can produce large sheets of graphene 100 times cheaper than existing processes.

Kennametal Inc today reported its results for the 2016 fiscal Q1 ended 30 September 2015.

ATI has reported Q3 2015 sales of US$833 million and a net loss attributable to ATI of US$145 million.

Gamesa reports that it has doubled its net profit to €126 million on a 30% increase in revenues to €2,533 million.

Cytec Industries Inc has announced the voting results for its special meeting of common stockholders on its proposed merger with Solvay.

Scientists have used scanning transmission electron microscopy to track atomic reconfigurations in individual platinum-cobalt nanoparticle catalysts.

A novel ‘water-in-salt’ aqueous lithium-ion battery is able to produce double the voltage of other aqueous batteries.

M1 Composites Technology Inc has relocated to a larger facility in Laval, Quebec.

A research team at WPI in the U.S. is expanding its understanding of how stress and fatigue cause microscopic damage to form in metal components.

The Micron Foundation has given US$25 million to help fund a new Center for Materials Research at Boise State University.

Zwick USA is hosting a free webcast on achieving accurate measurement results for compression tests on composites.

Solid materials such as nanocrystals, bulk metallic glasses, rocks or granular materials all deform in a similar way when exposed to stress.

A new method for manufacturing 3D nanostructures uses a mask that can define a pattern on two sides of a silicon wafer simultaneously.

Hartzell Propeller is introducing a new five-blade composite swept tip prop for the Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

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