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Materials news, August 2016

Ceratizit will be presenting for the first time its Ceratizit 3x3 concept at the AMB international metalworking exhibition.

The America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) will be held on 26 September 2016 in Youngstown, Ohio.

Tiny balloons made from graphene can withstand pressures higher than those at the bottom of the deepest ocean.

By combining a covalent organic framework with a conducting polymer, scientists have produced an efficient electrode material for batteries.

Winfried J Huppmann, a distinguished member of the international PM community, passed away on 13 August 2016, reports the MPIF.

LeMond Composites, a company offering solutions for high-volume, low-cost carbon fiber, has secured a licensing agreement with ORNL.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have received a US$350,000 grant to develop new, computational methods for AM.

NetComposites has launched a new, one-day conference spotlighting the current and future use of composite materials in sport.

Scientists have developed a solid-state lithium ion battery with a porous lithium garnet electrolyte and a viscous electrode that seeps into the pores.

The Chemical Coaters Association has announced the recipients of the organization’s scholarships for 2016.

Jan Albers has been appointed member and chairman of the executive board of Royal Ten Cate.

The next US Powder Coating (PC) Summit is scheduled for 4-5 October 2016, in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

The SPE has announced the winners of the group's three annual SPE ACCE scholarships.

Kordsa Global and Sabanci University have combined their forces to open a composite technologies center of excellence.

AM specialist EOS plans to introduce its EOSTATE MeltPool processing monitoring system to pilot customers, the company says.

Atomising Systems Ltd has announced the dates of their next short course on atomization for metal powders.

Gurit reports net sales of CHF 182 million for the first half of 2016, a currency-adjusted growth of 3% over the previous year.

Höganäs has won two awards for best paper and best poster at the 11th International Conference on Brazing.

An official call for presentations has been announced for the AMPM2017 show.

3A Composites has won qualification from Airbus for its AIREX R82.80 rigid core.

Windows made of transparent wood could offer more even and consistent natural lighting and better energy efficiency than glass.

An official call for papers and posters has been announced for Powdermet2017.

Hexagon Lincoln has entered into a joint venture agreement with Allegheny Creative Energy Solutions LLC (ACES).

Gas specialist Linde AG has confirmed that it is in preliminary talks about a potential merger with Praxair Inc.

Reinforced Plastics spoke to Dr Tim Young from the UK's National Composites Centre.

UK 3D printing specialist Croft Additive Manufacturing is to distribute a range of industrial optical 3D scanners in the UK and Ireland.

rp+m has acquired a M2 cusing metal additive machine from Concept Laser for research & development purposes.

Michael Vogel has been appointed global group director of TenCate Grass, which makes synthetic turf.

ALMACO has created a wind committee in order to share knowledge and open new opportunities for composite materials in the wind industry.

Harvard University has licensed a new materials discovery platform to a company developing novel OLED display technologies.

Glass fiber reinforced plastic was used to manufacture a break tank for a potable water system.

Hexagon Composites reports Q2 2016 operating income of NOK 315.6 million, compared to NOK 413.9 million in the same period of 2015.

Carbodeon Ltd Oy has closed a €1.5 million funding round from Straightforward Capital, a Finnish venture capital firm.

Zenyatta has appointed Mara Strazdins as VP corporate communications and investor relations.

Novel strategy to control dental plaque relies on a catalytic iron oxide nanoparticles and hydrogen peroxide.

Using atomic force microscopy, scientists have discovered that graphene nanoribbons naturally form folds and loops in solution.

Metaldyne Performance Group Inc reports Q2 2016 net sales of US$728 million, compared to US$800 million in Q2 2015.

The future of the Chinese carbon fiber market looks good, with opportunities in sporting goods, aerospace, and industrial applications.

Morgan Advanced Materials plans to create a Carbon Science Center of Excellence at Pennsylvania State University.

Using a roll-to-roll processing method, researchers have produced polymer-based solar cells with a conversion efficiency of more than 9.5%.

Scientists have managed to elucidate the structure of two metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with neon gas captured inside them.

GKN Aerospace has named SC Aerostar as its premier supplier for 2015/16.

The Plansee Group reports that in the 2015/16 fiscal year it achieved consolidated sales of €1.18 billion.

Artist Alastair Gibson has created carbon fiber sculptures finished with Axalta’s Spies Hecker coating.

Find out about the winners of the VUVX Student Prize.

Find out who won a prize for their poster at EMRS Spring meeting 2016.

Scientists have developed a new, simple method for fabricating transparent electronic circuitry using inexpensive and readily available materials.

New superlenses made from titanium dioxide nanoparticles can reveal surface features not previously visible through a light microscope.

Composites Germany has announced the results of its 7th survey of the market for fiber reinforced plastics.

Dr. Alexander van Driessche is the winner of the 2016 Schieber Award.

Jing-yang Wang is the recipient of the 2017 Acta Materialia Silver Medal.

John J. Jonas receives the 2017 Acta Materialia Gold Medal.

Treating hybrid halide perovskite solar cells with a solution of methyl ammonium bromide can repair defects in the perovskite film.

A new imaging technique can produce 3D chemical maps that track chemical reactions in a battery as it charges and discharges.

Scientists have used metal-organic frameworks to develop a new kind of electrochromic material that can quickly change from clear to opaque.

Glasses based on calcium and phosphate have been synthesized using soft chemistry at low temperatures with water as a solvent.

Daido Steel Co Ltd and Honda Motor Co Ltd have developed a hot deformed neodymium magnet containing no heavy rare earth.

The US National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) has entered into a new partnership with the National Association of Surface Finishing (NASF).

Redelease has expanded its supply of semi-permanent release agents for composites manufacturers.

Metaldyne Performance Group Inc is expanding its Suzhou, China operations with a second manufacturing plant.

The Mahle group’s supervisory board has appointed Bernd Eckl to its management board with effect from 1 January 2017.

Researchers have 3D laser lithography to produce atomic force microscopy probes of any shape and with a radius down to just 25nm.

Microscopic voids and particles of calcium hydroxide play an important role in in giving concrete its strength and toughness.

Solvay plans to focus on its lightweighting materials, additive manufacturing technology and sustainability solutions at plastics show K 2016.

Scientists have found a way to direct the self-assembly of multiple molecular patterns within a single material, producing new nanoscale architectures.

Using the centuries-old concept of bistable beams, researchers have developed a way to send mechanical signals through soft materials.

The global market for 3D printing will grow from nearly US$3.7 billion in 2016 to more than US$10.4 billion by 2021.

Scientists have developed a working lithium-ion battery that dissolves away in 30 minutes when dropped in water.

Scientists have discovered that ferroelectric materials can produce solar cells able to generate power from 'hot electrons'.

Scientists have developed a novel superconducting material by heating a mixture of platinum, lanthanum and arsenic under pressure.

zwitterionic polymers – that contains an equal number of positively and negatively charged groups – can protect therapeutic proteins from immune response

The organizing committee of ACCE have announced the Dr Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Award winners for the show taking place from 7-9 September 2016.

Materials processing specialist Oerlikon has joined America Makes, the US National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

Fives Liné Machines has launched Liné Machines Robotic.

Submit your abstract for the Fifth International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials from the 6 to 10 March 2017.

The 9th Compotec will be taking place in Marina di Carrara, Italy, from 29–31 March 2017, concurrently with the 15th of Seatec and the 7th Yare.

Scientists have discovered the optimum amount of selenium to add to cadmium-telluride solar cells to enhance their efficiency.

Using advanced microscopy techniques, scientists have visualized the charge/discharge reaction in lithium-ion batteries in real-time.

UC RUSAL and SAUER GmbH have signed an MoU to develop industrial 3D printing technology for aluminium and aluminium alloys.

Siemens and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have reportedly developed a faster production process based on selective laser melting (SLM).

Siemens has acquired a majority stake (85%) in Materials Solutions Ltd, a specialist in AM processing and production.

AutoNaut has secured investment from the Seiche Group to advance its research and development.

The medical and orthodontics sector had a market share of almost 25% in the global PIM market in 2015.

conductive and transparent metal-coated nanofiber mats that are both could make flexible electronic devices easier to produce

Temperature could hold the key to growing carbon nanotubes of a particular chirality or 'handedness'

Bonding composite layers with carbon nanotubes produces a material that is substantially stronger than other advanced composites.

A new silicon-tin nanocomposite anode can enhance the charge capacity and extend the lifetime of lithium-ion batteries.

The next Russian composites show COMPOSITE-EXPO, will take place in Moscow, Russia, from 28 February to 2 March 2017.

Automotive component supplier SHW AG has published its preliminary figures for the first six months of the fiscal year 2016.

Metaldyne Performance Group (MPG) plans to consolidate its portfolio of metal-forming brands.

MIM specialist Phillips-Medisize Corporation has acquired Medicom Innovation Partner.

Alloy supplier Franklin Bronze Precision Components has appointed John Nichols as general manager (GM).

Hexcel reports that its HiMax glass fiber fabrics were selected to make its Composite Modular Transportable Hangar (CMTH).

Researchers have developed a novel metal-free metamaterial whose optical properties can be changed at the flick of a switch.

Electrons travelling though graphene do not behave like particles but like a wave

Technical Fibre Products Ltd will be exhibiting its nonwovens for composites at the China Composite Expo at the end of August.

Spirit AeroSystems reports revenue of US$1.8 billion for Q2 2016, an increase of 8% over Q2 2015.

The Sixth Element, a producer of graphene and graphene oxide, has appointed Bernhard Münzing as sales director.

A new three-dimensional lattice structure can absorb a wide range of vibrations and also act as a load-bearing component.

Dr. Warren Poole wins the 2017 Acta Materialia Holloman Award for Materials & Society.

3A Composites has launched an online system for generating quality certificates for its BALTEK structural balsa core materials.

Permali Gloucester will supply composite ballistic armor panels for the Supacat range of armored vehicles.

H.C. Starck reports that its powder divisions will become independent limited liability companies (GmbHs).

thyssenkrupp has acquired its former investee company Thyssen Ros Casares SA, based in southeastern Spain.

A new way to predict which binary alloys will form metallic glasses could lead to the development of strong, conductive materials.

Scientists have engineered biodegradable silicon nanoparticles that when illuminated can make nerve cells fire and heart cells beat.

Dr. Thomas J. Webster receives the first Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal Award.

Hexagon Raufoss has received an order from Indonesia for 1,000 fiber reinforced cylinders.

Long fiber specialist PlastiComp Inc has recently moved its research and development functions into a dedicated laboratory space.

Using a substrate made from boron nitride, scientists have produced monolayer graphene nanoribbons with zigzag edges.

Gold nanowires heat up a bit when illuminated by a laser at room temperature, but heat up far more when illuminated at ultracold conditions.

Register to attend a session with Prof. Kam Leong, Editor-in-chief of Biomaterials.

Dmitry Shashkov, president and CEO of H.C. Starck’s Fabricated Products Division, is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities.

Kennametal has reported 2016 sales of US$2,098 million, compared with US$2,647 million last year.

Arcam reports that its net sales increased by 17 % to SEK 307.6 million from SEK 262.0 million from January – June 2016.

Bodycote says that its facility in Chard, Somerset, has entered the SC21 Supply Chain programme at Silver Award level.

Composites Germany is set to hold its next convention in Düsseldorf from 28 to 29 November 2016.

Toray reports that its consolidated net sales for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2016 increased 4.7% compared with the previous fiscal year.

Treating the biopolymer polylactic acid at various temperatures and pressures can induce a new, more robust polymer phase in the material.

Scientists have developed a novel way to produce 2D nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen.

Owens Corning has reported consolidated net sales of US$1.55 billion in Q2 2016, compared to net sales of US$1.40 billion in the prior-year period.

Hexagon Composites reported that it generated NOK 291.6 million in operating income in Q1, compared to NOK 401.6 million in the same period of 2015.

GKN has reported sales up 17% from £3,853 million to £4,518 million in its latest six months' report.

Bodycote, a leading thermal processing services provider, has opened a new plant in Greenville, South Carolina.

Scientists have discovered that nitrogen-doped graphene can greatly enhance the sensitivity of Raman spectroscopy.

By firing a plastic projectile into silicon at 12,000mph, scientists have been able to watch pressure-induced changes in crystal structure in real time.

Scientists have developed a novel garnet-type, fast ionic conducting oxide as a solid electrolyte in an all-solid-state rechargeable battery.

The discovery that spider silk has a phonon band gap could lead to the development of novel acoustic and insulating materials.

Researchers have produced a new class of materials called sodium polyhydrides, which could possess superconducting properties.

Engineers have discovered that interfacing two insulating oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive.

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