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Materials news, March 2016

Ceramics specialist focuses on Internet of Things

Ceramics manufacturer Kyocera Corporation plans to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) business.

Applied Graphene Materials has announced its interim results for the period ended 31 January 2016.

Scott Bader has marked its 50th anniversary with the official opening of its expanded and modernized facility in Amiens, France.

SGL reports that construction of its new lightweight and application center is underway.

Polymer fibers with ‘gills’ that resemble the underside of a mushroom could improve tissue engineering approaches to bone repair.

VELOX will distribute OKA-Tec GmbH’s heat stabilizer range in Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Israel.

The organizers of the Composites Innovation conference have released information about the event program.

Umicore says that it reached 7% revenue growth in 2015, and generated an average return on capital of 15%.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders reports that 230,868 engines were manufactured in the UK in February, up 11.1% on the same month last year.

Sunlight stimulates titania nanoparticles on carbonized cotton fabric to break down organic dye.

Making a viable liquid metal battery with calcium and magnesium.

Graphene metal oxide battery boost.

Cambridge researchers have shown that particle size isn’t the only concern when it comes to the risks posed by volcanic ashes.

The MPIF will announce Hideshi Miura and Cesar Molins as APMI Fellows during POWDERMET2016.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has launched a new website design.

The Johns Hopkins University APL has established a center of excellence to guide major advances in additive manufacturing (AM).

The HORIZON 3D printing £13.4 million research and development program has had its fourth project meeting.

The largest commercial fleet in the United States will deploy new heavy-duty trucks using materials supplied by joint venture Agility Hexagon, LLC.

Magma Structures said that it is providing ‘composite expertise’ to a refit of a superyacht owned by British businessman Lord Sugar.

AOC Resins has set a price increase in the amount of €80 per metric ton for products sold in Europe.

R3 Composites, Inc has announced the formation of a new, wholly owned subsidiary, Carver Non-Woven Technologies LLC.

Scientists have developed a new method for making single crystals from glasses and other solid materials with disordered atomic structures.

Taiwanese researchers suggest that graphene’s high thermal conductivity could further improve the lifetime of LEDs.

Scientists have developed a renewable thermoplastic by replacing the styrene in acrylonitrile butadiene styrene with lignin from wood.

Members of the LIGHT additive manufacturing (AM) project consortium in the UK plan to share their findings from the two-year project at an event in April.

Siemens has reported a strong Q1 2016 following major contract wins in Europe and Africa.

A new hybrid material featuring a combination of rigid metal and soft, porous rubber foam can be either stiff or elastic as required.

New spintronic device with sandwich-like insulation.

Repeatedly crumpling and wrinkling a sheet of graphene can make it water-repellent and enhance its electrochemical properties.

A new NMR spectroscopy technique allows hyperpolarized xenon gas to be dissolved into samples without disrupting their molecular order.

Metalysis has received an investment of £20 million to develop its metal powder production technology for commercial production.

Penn State researchers have released a roadmap to accelerate the design and application of AM materials over the next 10 years.

Researchers at ORNL have demonstrated a carbon fiber production method that could reduce the cost of carbon fiber by as much as 50%,

European Commission EUR 3 million challenge for materials solutions to reduce concentration of particulates in urban areas

New process for using atmospheric CO2 in environmentally friendly battery electrodes.

A composite research project has won a share of a £38.2 million government prize to develop light weighting technology for automotive.

Haydale Composite Solutions has launched three new graphene enhanced carbon fiber prepregs.

HiETA Technologies has received £1.7 million to lead a project developing new lighter vehicle components made from advanced aluminum alloys.

GKN Sinter Metals has updated its company website. The site now has a simplified, functional navigation as well as new content, the company says.

Property of organic semiconductor molecule could improve device efficiency.

3D printing specialist Fabrisonic has published a new whitepaper.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested a rocket engine featuring a core main injector built using additive manufacturing (AM) technology.

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi to develop carbon fiber.

Airbus Americas has joined the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) as a premium industrial member.

Novel devices that produce electricity from pulses of heat traveling along carbon nanotubes can generate as much power as today's batteries.

Federal-Mogul has published net sales of US$7,419 million, compared to US$7,317 million in 2014.

Global medical technology business Smith & Nephew has developed a 3D printed titanium implant which could replace other porous implants.

Coperion GmbH, a subsidiary of Hillenbrand, Inc, has relocated its North American operations from Ramsey, New Jersey, to its other facilities.

A new electron microscopy technique can follow atomic-scale physical processes occurring at the surfaces of materials in situ and in real time.

By coating transparent elastomers with silver nanowires, scientists have developed a novel technique for quickly changing the opacity of a window.

Scientists have discovered that electrons in novel crystalline materials called Weyl semi-metals sink into the crystal through special conductive channels.

The performance of metal hydride fuel cells can be improved using magnesium oxide nanocrystals coated with graphene oxide.

Scientists have been able to create the world's thinnest lens from molybdenum disulphide, due to its remarkable optical properties.

A novel ice-repellent coating made from a blend of common synthetic rubbers can cause ice to slide off surfaces.

Read more about the study here.

The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest-growing metal powder market, with the highest CAGR of 5.01%, says a new report.

Speciality chemicals company Lanxess has reported a ‘successful fiscal 2015, despite a challenging market environment’.

Gurit says that its net sales for 2015 increased by 10.4% (currency-adjusted) to CHF 359.4 million with its operating profit rising to CHF 33.0 million.

Details of the five finalists for Elsevier's Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge.

Testing specialist JR Technology (JRTL) has supplied Novatech HBC-4301A hot bonding controllers to Canada-based IMP Aerospace.

Cooksongold has introduced platinum metal powder at the Baselworld Jewellery Fair, taking place from the 17–24 March 2016 in Basel, Switzerland.

SKF has signed an agreement to divest its fly-by-wire business to Lord Corporation.

Read more about the study here.

The vibrations of the outermost atomic layers at the surface of a nanomaterial are comparatively large and play an important role in how it behaves.

Wrapping graphene in a specially prepared polymer produces an effective support for gold nanoparticle catalysts for fuel cells.

A composite of a MOF and the iron-containing molecule ferrocene can separate oxygen from other gases.

Scientists have used a helium ion microscope to control the conductivity and distribution of ferroelectric domains on a 2D material.

New excitonic devices made from the 2D materials molybdenum disulfide and hexagonal boron nitride can control excitons at room temperature.

A new flexible, stretchable and tunable ‘meta-skin’ uses rows of small, liquid-metal devices to cloak an object from radar.

Graphene can transmit high frequency electrical signals without energy loss, outperforming any other known material, including superconductors.

A new machine learning tool can predict a theoretical polymer's electronic properties from its atomic configuration.

Using a 3D printer, scientists have fabricated complex 3D structures made from graphene oxide and ice.

Low-frequency Raman spectroscopy can characterize the patterns produced when 2D materials are stacked on top of each other and twisted.

According to a new market report, the global pultrusion market could grow at a CAGR of 4.6% from 2016 to 2021.

GKN reports that its sales in 2015 increased by 2% organically from £7,456 million in 2014 to £7,689 million.

Dow Automotive reports that it is supplying its customized structural bonding solutions for weight reduction in motorsports vehicles.

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is now calling for additive manufacturing (AM) project bids.

Textechno has won the JEC World Innovation Award 2016 for its new testing system which can access the properties of a fiber to matrix interface.

Composites Germany has opened a call for presentations for the second International Composites Congress (ICC).

Abbott Furnace Company reports that that Jose M. Medina has tendered his resignation as president of the company.

Quintus Technologies reports that it will supply two additional hot isostatic presses (HIPs) to China’s Anhui Yingliu Group.

Scientists have shown that the fungus Neurospora crassa can transform manganese into a composite for use in lithium-ion batteries.

By combining microscopy and theoretical calculations, scientists have studied the properties of a promising next-generation energy storage material.

Giro Sport Design has introduced a ski racing helmet that uses carbon fiber material to create a lighter, stiffer, and stronger shell.

Hexion reports its net sales for the year ended 31 December 2015 were US$4.1 billion, a decrease of 19% compared with US$5.1 billion in 2014.

UK automotive engine production rose 1.5% in January 2016 compared with the same month last year, according to the SMMT.

End user demand for molybdenum could increase by an average of 3.6% in the period to 2024, reports the IMOA.

A novel electroluminescent ‘skin’ can stretch to more than six times its original size while still emitting light.

A new metamaterial made from specially-patterned polymeric materials can separate and concentrate chemical compounds.

Adding a tiny quantity of carbon nanotubes to metals such as aluminum can dramatically reduce the embrittlement caused by radiation.

William F Jandeska Jr has been selected to receive the Kempton H Roll PM Lifetime Achievement Award.

Atomising Systems Limited (ASL), based in the UK, has undertaken R&D work on its gas atomizer to meet growing demand for ultrafine gas atomized powders.

The organizers of the International Glass Fiber Symposium, taking place from 17–19 October 2016 in Aachen, Germany, have released details of the event.

By synthesizing highly pure crystals, scientists have overcome a practical limit on the efficiency of cadmium telluride solar cells.

Scientists have shown that carbon nanotubes produced from atmospheric carbon dioxide can form the basis for battery electrodes.

Scientists have discovered a new one atom-thick material made from silicon, boron and nitrogen that is stable and semiconducting.

New flexible conductive tracks made from a liquid metal alloy can be stretched up to four times their original length in all directions.

The organizers of the 13th World Pultrusion Conference have reported a successful event.

Tiny tunable laser made from nano wire.

Infrared boost for the digital world thanks to plasmonics.

Fibrelite will be exhibiting its composite trench panels and access covers at Utility Week Live.

LPW Technology will be showing its Total Powder Manufacturing (TPM) additive manufacturing (AM) system at TCT Asia.

SKF has announced the following changes to its group management.

Vision Systems will be exhibiting customized helicopter window frames at the JEC World show.

Phillips-Medisize Corporation announced the completion of its metal injection molding (MIM) facility expansion.

Carpenter has announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from Wyomissing, PA, to the city of Philadelphia.

A new surface for controlling infrared plasmons could form the basis for faster, more efficient ways of transmitting massive amounts of data.

Electronic vortices forming on the surface of graphene lead to negative resistance

Using everyday materials like paper and foil, engineers have developed a low-cost sensor that can detect external stimuli.

Scientists have found a way to fabricate a novel 2D heterojunction by bringing together graphene and gallium selenide.

The Chinese government will be able to complete a major consolidation of the country's rare earth industry by the middle of this year.

Nano Dimension Technologies is developing 3D printing methods for a nanoparticle nickel material.

Poly(ε-caprolactone) used as a scaffold to mimic the pre-metastatic niche

Dow and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii have formed DowAksa Advanced Composites Holdings, a JV to manufacture and commercialize carbon fiber.

Scientists have zoomed in on the quantum phase transition that could explain why copper oxides are high-temperature superconductors.

By depositing tiny titanium oxide crystals on a rubber-like material, scientists have developed a novel device for manipulating light.

Scientists have discovered that the rearrangement of particles during deformation resembles avalanches that span the entire material.

The fifth biennial Composites Innovation Conference will focus on latest advancements in automation, according to its organizers.

The CPI is building a high energy ball-mill (HEBM) pilot plant for the production and validation of nanostructured powders.

Solvay has extended its contract to 2020 to supply composite materials to Boeing.

Kennametal Inc has been recognized as one of 2016's World's Most Ethical Companies.

Through the EU research project HealCON, scientists are examining three different approaches to creating concrete that can repair itself.

Scientists have come up with a way to increase the conductivity of two novel electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

Scientists have developed two new sustainable electrode materials for sodium-ion batteries.

Realistic facial expressions may be coming to a robot near you, thanks to work from engineers in Singapore.

See your image on the cover of Nano Today in 2016.

The structure of a pine branch provided researchers with inspiration for next-gen fuel cell electrodes.

Scott and Fyfe has appointed RSM Lining Supplies Global Ltd as its distributor for the range of Alphashield products.

French materials testing organization The Institut De Soudure Group is strengthens its position in the composite market.

Renishaw has announced plans to take on 45 new apprentices this year, according to the Western Daily Press website.

biomaterials based on seaweed-derived alginate could improve polyurethanes used to repair cardiac and vascular tissue

Sandvik has joined the Coalition for Energy-Efficient Comminution (CEEC).

Höganäs AB has appointed Polypaz, based in Turkey, to cover iron powder and high alloy metal powder.

Using a technique known as nanotexturing, graphene can be manipulated to create the most light-absorbent material for its weight developed to date.

A novel anti-fouling coating comprises a hydrophilic polymer that forms strong covalent bonds with various materials.

Carbon-based scaffold with hierarchical architecture could help muscle tissue regenerate after injury or disease.

Renishaw plans to introduce its new RenAM 500M additive manufacturing system at the MACH trade show.

Understanding the complex physics behind AM is a vital step in developing the technology, according to LLNL researchers.

The UK’s Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) is hosting an open forum day to allow the wider composites community to learn more about its activities.

SABIC, a leading petrochemical company, has recently invested in Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics, BV, which operates in Lelystad, the Netherlands.

A material made of carbon nanotubes and copper oxide nanocrystals can use sunlight to split carbon dioxide and water into green fuels.

A one-atom-thick layer of tin monoxide is the first stable P-type 2D semiconducting material ever discovered.

For the first time, scientists have observed electrons in graphene behaving like a fluid.

Sigma Labs has entered into a technology development agreement with 3DSIM.

Italeaf has created a new company for the production of metal powder and new alloys.

DIAB reports that its production facility in Kunshan, China, has been granted recognition by the city’s mayor.

SGL Group will be presenting new material developments and carbon fiber based products at JEC World.

Jude Pfingstler has been named one of the Top 100 Business Leaders in Central Pennsylvania, USA for 2015.

Scientists have developed a way to fabricate atomically-precise two-dimensional superstructures out of the nanocrystals known as quantum dots.

Researchers have developed a new polymer suited for photostructuring, a technique for creating micro-scale shapes.

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