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Materials news, June 2016

The Australian Composites Structures Society (ACSS) has issued a call for papers for its 2017 Advanced Composites Innovation Conference.

Scientists have enhanced the light-harvesting abilities of solar cells by giving them a surface that replicates the structure of rose petals.

Bristol, UK-based Matrix Composites has been appointed by Armacell Benelux SA as its UK distributor of ArmaFORM PET core.

DCNS and Quickstep have signed a MoU to develop composite components and assemblies for Australian submarines.

Aliancys has formed part of a team developing new type of composite tank container that could reduce freight cost per trip by 5 to 10%.

PM China 2016, which took place in Shanghai in April, brought together over 360 exhibitors from all around the world.

The Howard I. Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper Award has been to Stephanie M Choquette and Iver E Anderson.

A lightweight sunshield has been developed to protect the mirrors and instruments aboard the James Webb Space Telescope from solar radiation.

First field-effect transistor made from solution processed colloidal nanoparticles.

HardwareX: New Open Access Journal for Open Source Hardware from Elsevier

PM processing giant Wall Colmonoy has appointed Nicholas W Clark as president.

PowderMet2016, co-located with AMPM2016, gathered in Boston last week for another successful event, its organizers report.

Arevo, a specialist in 3D printing of composite materials for production applications, is to receive US$7 million funding

Henkel has opened a new composite lab in Heidelberg, Germany for automotive end users.

McLaren Special Operations, the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive, has announced the creation of the MSO Carbon Series LT.

The EPMA says that its additive manufacturing (AM) seminar, which took place this April in Bremen, Germany, was a success.

SKF has signed contracts worth over SEK 1 billion with Rolls-Royce.

Over 150 students, academics, technicians, and business owners from 27 states attended the two-day Composites in Wind workshop.

New copper nanoparticle/graphene catalyst can transform carbon dioxide into useful hydrocarbons with high temperatures and pressures.

Two-dimensional sheets of boron one atom thick have unique electronic properties.

TFP's Nigel Walker has been awarded the status of Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) has officially opened its new production facility in Zory, Poland.

GE Aviation has invested more than US$200 million in two factories to mass-produce silicon carbide (SiC) materials.

Anglia Ruskin University in the UK has created the UK’s only dedicated master’s degree in additive manufacturing (AM).

Scientists have made ultra-thin solar cells from gallium arsenide that are flexible enough to wrap around the average pencil.

Novel combinatorial libraries of nanoparticles can allow the rapid screening of millions of different nanoparticles for specific properties.

Charge density waves induced at the interfaces between layers of ferromagnetic and superconducting materials extend deeply into superconducting regions.

Hexcel Corp and Oxford Performance Materials have formed a partnership.

US-based M2S Bikes has set up a Kickstarter to fund the development of the All-Go lightweight electric bike made with carbon fiber.

Alpha Sintered Metals has acquired metal injection molding specialist Precision Made Products, headquartered in Ohio, USA.

Researchers have discovered previously unknown features of titanium dioxide that could reveal why it is such an effective photocatalyst.

Sicomin has appointed two new distributors in the UAE and Turkey.

Using a supercomputer, scientists have managed to produce an accurate model showing how superconductivity develops in cuprates.

By using novel branched ligands, scientists have produced perovskite nanocrystals with greatly improved stability and uniform particle size.

Scientists have uncovered a unifying connection between seemingly unrelated materials that exhibit extreme magnetoresistance.

Renishaw, the global engineering technologies company, is opening a new additive manufacturing (AM) center in Pune, India.

Powder metallurgy (PM) industry leader P Ulf Gummeson has written a book the history of American PM.

A violin with acoustics that can be customized is made from a novel composite material that incorporates spider's silk.

Composites UK has announced the program for its next recycling event.

The UK’s Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) has funded two additional composites projects in its third year.

Evonik has developed the SpeedFoiler, an ultra-lightweight, foiling catamaran made using carbon fiber.

Isamu Kikuchi has been appointed the new president of the Japanese Powder Metallurgy Association (JPMA).

Researchers have discovered that a gold nanocluster can exist in two different atomic arrangements, or polymorphs.

When layered perovskites are stretched or compressed, their electrical polarization does not increase as expected but instead goes away completely.

Gurit plans to open a wind blade mold production facility in Szczecin, Poland.

HIP supplier Quintus Technologies has supplied a press to AM specialist Sintavia, LLC.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says that staying in the EU is best for its business.

EHA Composite Machinery has developed filament winding plants to make FRP rotor blade components for wind turbines.

Scientists have developed a novel tri-layer metasurface solar absorber comprising a layer of amorphous carbon sandwiched between thin gold films.

Scientists have created complex 2D and 3D structures, including a cube and a prism, made from DNA and nanoparticles.

Scientists have discovered a unique copper-silver nanoparticle with a structure that resembles a traditional Japanese glass fishing float.

Read about the event at IMDEA Materials Institute, Madrid, Spain, which will honor Professor Subra Suresh.

Researchers have discovered a metal-organic framework that can capture xenon and krypton as part of nuclear fuel recycling.

By electroplating a nanofiber polymer mat, scientists have produced an ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive.

Metal coating specialist PPG has reached a definitive agreement to acquire MetoKote Corporation.

Saint-Gobain has acquired the assets of JTT Composites.

Additive Industries has sold its fifth MetalFAB1 system to GKN Powder Metallurgy.

The TPRC and TenCate have won a JEC 2016 Innovation award with a door panel, made using recycled thermoplastic composites.

America Makes and Michigan Technological University have developed a new open-source, web-based 3D controller.

Dark Matter Composites is running a health and safety seminar to address the problems of carbon fiber dust in the workplace.

BASF is accelerating and focusing its R&D activities.

Additive Orthopaedics LLC says that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its 3D printed titanium digital fusion implant.

Graphene 3D Labs Inc has appointed A Paul Gill to join the board of directors.

Neutron and X-ray studies have revealed that an elusive massless particle known as a Weyl fermion could exist in an osmium-based material.

A method for embedding light-emitting nanoparticles into glass without losing any of their unique properties could lead to the development of smart glass.

Kegelmann and Concept Laser have formed a partnership to improve series-production quality in 3D printing.

Chemtrix BV and DSM Chemical Technology have signed an agreement to develop 3D printed metal continuous flow reactors.

SAMPE has given the George Lubin Memorial Award to Dr John J Tracy, CTO of Boeing.

The JEC Asia International Composites event will have end user markets as a key topic.

Nanoparticles deliver anticancer drugs to tumors in the body more effectively than current medicines.

Graphene-based wearable patch provides noninvasive blood glucose monitoring for diabetic patients.

Windows that change transparency could be powered by photovoltaic solar cells, say Irish researchers.

Scientists have unexpectedly found that pulling a multi-layered fiber causes the core material to break into many equal-sized pieces.

By incorporating tiny clusters of silver atoms into zeolite pores, scientists have produced a novel and efficient phosphorescent material.

A collaboration between US and Chinese researchers has investigated the use of titanate nanotubes in removing CO2 from flue gas.

SKF has announced the consolidation of its manufacturing facilities in North America.

America Makes has appointed Roger Narayan PhD as its new Fellow.

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) has appointed Technology Marketing Inc (TMI) as its distributor for the USA.

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RMX Technologies and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have joined forces to help reduce carbon fiber production time and energy.

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Italian yacht builder Benetti to deliver a lightweight steerable thruster using carbon fiber material.

Global production of molybdenum slowed in 2015, according to figures from the International Molybdenum Association (IMOA).

GKN Aerospace has won contracts from Airbus Safran Launchers to develop and manufacture rocket engine sub-systems.

A highly flexible OLED with excellent efficiency uses graphene as a transparent electrode between layers of titanium dioxide and a conducting polymer.

New aluminum-cerium alloys are not just easy to work with and heat tolerant, but could also boost US production of rare earth elements.

Scientists have used a terahertz laser to induce permanent changes in the conformation of a polymer, giving it an increased pattern of crystallization.

The SME has announced the winners of awards presented at the RAPID additive manufacturing (AM) Conference & Exposition.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cincinnati Inc have signed a nonexclusive licensing agreement on ORNL patents related to large-scale AM.

A professor at Clemson University has received US$2 million to develop lower cost composite materials for aircraft and luxury cars.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a new laser method of joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum.

Innovate UK has funded a three year ATI project aimed at advancing 3D textiles in the UK for the aerospace industry.

Teijin Limited has developed a new masterbatch flame retardant.

The iron powder market in North America is expected to reach 563,000 metric tons in volume by 2020, boosted by automakers.

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have discovered the reason for the porosity found in parts produced by AM.

The orbital movement of electrons, rather than electron spin, is the driving force behind the strong magnetism of a metallic material.

Engineers from North Carolina State University, have developed a simple route to fabricating metallic wires at room temperature

NetComposites has announced that Andrew Mafeld of Connectra Global will be the keynote speaker at Composites Innovation 2016.

Smithers Rapra, specialists in composites testing, has added new rubber and polymer material flammability testing capabilities.

The US IHEA will run the 47th Combustion Seminar, its Safety Standards Seminar, and the revised Induction Seminar, in Covington, KY, this autumn.

Scientists have developed two different types of nanofibers that can sort themselves into organized structures under artificial conditions.

The Powder Coating Institute in the US reports that its next summit takes place from 4-5 October 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

Composites company Hexcel Corporation has invested in Oxford Performance Materials (OPM).

By investigating the structure of the dactyl club used by mantis shrimp to bash prey, scientists have been able to develop new super-strong composites.

Boeing has opened a new center at its campus in Everett, WA, USA to build composite wings for the 777X aircraft.

A novel ionic liquid can transform into a solid polymer when exposed to light and then return to liquid form when heated.

Investigating connections between the structure and mechanical properties of bones and shells can improve the performance and longevity of concrete.

A new material comprising alternating layers of molybdenum boride and aluminum can form its own corrosion-resistant coating.

CarbonOne Technologies Inc has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the TekModo group of companies.

SKF has signed an agreement to divest its Kaydon velocity control business to Stabilus, a global supplier to the automotive and industrial markets.

Haydale and Flowtite have formed a new joint development agreement (JDA) to develop GRP pipeline products.

Umicore reports that its revenues increased by 1% in the first quarter of 2016.

Concept Laser says that its Mlab Cusing R 3D printer was used to 3D print a titanium replacement beak for a wild macaw.

Discover the first issue of Materials Discovery.

Hexagon Composites has formed a joint venture with India-based Siddha Gas Technik Pvt Ltd to pursue opportunities in the country’s natural gas market.

An EN fire rated, modern new building exterior has been put in plase using Scott Bader’s Crestapol 1212 resin.

Dr Hans J Langer, founder and CEO of EOS GmbH, has received the SME Additive Manufacturing Industry Achievement Award.

Umicore plans to increase its capacity for NMC (nickel manganese cobalt) cathode materials.

A high-entropy steel alloy that can switch between two crystal structures is both strong and ductile.

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