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Materials news, October 2016

A light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material could find uses ranging from microscopic grippers to more efficient solar cells.

Researchers have developed a biocompatible and highly stretchable optical fiber made from hydrogel for use as a flexible implant.

Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) has fulfilled the first production orders to customers in the composites, polymers and coatings industries.

Element Materials Technology has expanded its environmental testing capabilities at its Denver, Colorado location.

GKN plc has agreed the sale of its Stromag business to Altra Industrial Motion Corp.

The latest members of the journal family, publishing full length original research articles, short communications and reviews.

Siemens has developed a system integrating design, simulation, digital manufacturing, data and process management software for AM.

Sandvik has reported revenues of SEK 20,439 million and operating profit SEK 1,611 million in its interim Q3 report.

Hexcel's HiMax carbon fiber reinforcements have been selected for the manufacture of safety-critical areas of the Zenos E10 composite chassis.

Teijin Aramid has received the EcoBalance award for best business practices.

Researchers have determined that the surface texture of gallium nitride materials can influence the health of nearby cells.

Using organo-metal halide perovskite films to improve solar cells.

Tecniplas has supplied eight fiber reinforced plastic composite tanks at a plant run by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Goiana (Brazil).

Fibermaq, a Brazilian provider of machinery for composites molding, has supplied three machines to the local Brazil operations of Italian company Polynt.

GE has reached an agreement to acquire a 75% stake in Concept Laser GmbH for $599 million (€549 million).

Scientists have confirmed that static, as opposed to fluctuating, charge stripes coexist with superconductivity in a doped cuprate.

A sensor that uses Raman spectroscopy to detect glucose levels.

William (Bill) Jandeska, recently presented with the MPIF's most prestigious personal award, spoke to Joe Capus about his life and career.

Quala-Die Inc has consolidated into Penn United Technologies Inc, based in Cabot.

Sigmatex, an independent converter of carbon fiber, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Find out more about this years Reaxys PhD Prize winners.

Review of single- or multi-layer transition metal oxides.

The first experiments to determine the ferroelectric properties of hafnium oxide have revealed that it can be deposited as ultra-thin films.

New electronic ‘paper’ is flexible, less than 1µm thick and can display a full range of colors, but requires 10 times less energy than a Kindle tablet.

AM and MIM specialist ARC Group Worldwide has completed its sale of Tekna Seal LLC, a non-core subsidiary, for US$10.5 million.

Umicore has reported revenues up 7% compared to Q3 2015, reflecting solid growth across the business groups.

VELOX GmbH is working with AEC Polymers to develop new solutions for the marine sector.

DuPont Performance Materials plans to increase the prices for its DuPont Zytel PA 66 and PA 6 polymers and unreinforced injection molding grades.

A catalyst comprising copper nanoparticles embedded in carbon spikes can convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol.

Researchers have used the shape of cicada wings as a template to create antireflective structures made from titanium dioxide.

Browse the latest Acta Biomaterialia Special Issue on Zwitterionic Materials.

Thee DREAMS lab at Virginia Tech has won America Makes' award for ‘smart structures’ using additive manufacturing (AM) methods.

The UK’s Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) has announced a final public event on 17 November to celebrate the partners' success.

Net sales increased by 10 % to SEK 440.2 million, up from SEK 400.1 million in the same period of 2015.

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Swedish aerospace developer and manufacturer Blackwing has developed a composite sport aircraft built using Diab’s Divinycell matrix materials.

Applied Graphene Materials, a producer of specialty graphene materials, has announced its full year results for the year ended 31 July 2016.

Seco/Warwick plans to show a range of its technology at the AIRTEC aerospace show, taking place from 25-27 October 2016, in Munich, Germany.

Future Materials Group (FMG) has announced the appointment of Mark Neville as a director.

A novel simulation technique can predict the defects in 2D materials caused by bombardment with noble gas ions.

For the first time, scientists have created a perovskite quantum dot and shown that it can form the basis for an efficient solar cell.

The AFRC has expanded its capabilities following the arrival of four pieces of equipment, including a Carbolite emissivity calibration furnace.

Prodways and CEA-LITEN have developed a new 3D printing process which uses metal powder combined with organic binders.

ELG Carbon Fibre has started production of a range of nonwoven mats on a new line specifically designed to process recycled carbon fibers.

ESI Group has released simulation software for composite structural components across the manufacturing chain.

Using a plasmomechanical metamaterial, scientists have developed a device that can oscillate indefinitely when illuminated with light.

For the first time, researchers have developed a supercapacitor that employs a conductive metal-organic framework rather than carbon.

Materials award for Editor-in-chief of Composites Science and Technology

Gamesa has called on the company's shareholders to approve its merger with Siemens's wind power assets.

America Makes has presented its distinguished collaborator award.

Composites UK has revealed its shortlist for the 2016 Composites Industry Awards.

Engineers have shown that fungi cultivated in brewery wastewater can be converted into electrodes for lithium-ion batteries.

The first ambipolar material that can conduct both electrons and holes in water-based solutions could lead to new biological sensor technologies.

A new report by Research and Markets covers the current oil and gas composites market.

Fiberline Composites, based in Denmark, has set up a joint venture (JV) with leading Japanese carbon fiber manufacturer Mitsubishi Rayon.

ISO and ASTM International have crafted a framework which will help meet the needs for new technical standards in the field of 3D printing.

Quintus Technologies, a specialist in high-pressure technology based in Sweden, has named CNI-Consultamex as the company’s sales agent for Mexico.

A novel transistor made with a new combination of materials is even smaller than the smallest possible silicon-based transistor.

Adding defects to an iron-based superconductor can double the amount of electrical current it can carry and increase its critical temperature.

Xamax Industries has granted an intellectual property license (IPL) for a range of its product to US plastic packaging manufacturer Berry Plastics.

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) has developed a patent pending tube winding process to make composite tubes that can be used to make carbon golf shafts.

Bodycote presented a paper showing the benefits of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) in 3D printing at this year’s Titanium 2016 show.

Materials & Design announce a new content type for the journal.

A new technology known as cold sintering process can combine incompatible materials, such as ceramics and plastics, into useful compound materials.

Scientists have developed a solvent system with reduced toxicity that can be used in the manufacture of perovskite solar cells.

Hexagon Composites ASA is to acquire xperion Energy & Environment, a manufacturer of Type 4 high pressure cylinders.

LPW Technology, a supplier of metal powder additive manufacturing (AM), has appointed Andrew Florentine as technical director.

Carpenter Technology has introduced a new soft-magnetic alloy, Cartech Hypocore alloy.

When grown on silver, the 2D material known as borophene naturally forms corrugations, potentially making it suitable for use in stretchable electronics.

A novel three-in-one instrument can correlate the flowability of soft ‘gooey’ materials with their underlying microstructure and composition.

Scientists have determined how each of five distinct types of belite crystal contribute to concrete's ease of manufacture and ultimate strength.

LPW Technology Ltd plans to invest £20 million to build a new facility dedicated to manufacturing metal powders for additive manufacturing.

Materials testing company Element Materials Technology has been listed on the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table.

BASF has added Ultramid B3U50G6, a flame-retardant and glass-fiber reinforced polyamide (PA 6), to its plastics range.

CRP USA will be exhibiting at the Southeast Region Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental (FEDCON) Summit.

nerve fiber-carbon nanotube mesh hybrid scaffold material helps cells to reconnect separated segments of spinal tissue

Scientists have come up with a way to position gold nanoparticles on a surface with a precision of 1nm.

introducing a wave into GaAs nanoribbons allows manipulation of the band gap

The MPIF reports that Robert A McKotch died 16 September 2016.

Oberg Industries and the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering have partnered to 3D print tools and components.

Purdue University in Indiana, USA, has installed a Wabash MPI composite molding press at its the new collaborative research facility.

UK Olympic canoeist Tim Baillie will provide the keynote address at the Composites in Sport 2016 show.

Scientists have discovered that when a perovskite is exposed to water vapor and streams of electrons, it gives off oxygen and begins oscillating.

Reinforcing graphene nanoadditives increase strength of composites.

Self-assembly process produces three dimension graphene shapes in a reliable manner.

polymer nanoparticles carrying an immune-suppressing agent administered at the same time as biological drugs can attenuate immune response

By allowing peptides to continuously reorganize their sequences, scientists have produced a range of novel peptide-based materials.

GKN Hoeganaes, part of the powder metallurgy division of GKN, announces that Reid Southby has been appointed president, effective immediately.

Daido Steel reports that two of its subsidiaries, Daido Electronics Co Ltd and Intermetallics Japan Corp are to merge.

Composites One has formed a partnership with Davis Applied Technology College (DATC), a public technical training institution in Utah, USA.

R3 Composites Inc and its wholly owned subsidiary, Carver Non-Woven Technologies LLC, are both in the process of expanding.

Chitosan biocompatible and biodegradable 3D scaffolds made by flocking.

Graphene-silicone rubber composites self-repair damage like cracks or fractures.

The Editors now welcome comprehensive articles and short communications reporting breakthrough discoveries and major technical achievements.

Read about Kytai Nguyen- the 2016 Embracing Challenge Award winner.

Japan-based Osaka Titanium Technologies Co Ltd (OTC) says that it plans to focus on the production of titanium powder for additive manufacturing (AM).

Fraunhofer IKTS reports that it has successfully 3D printed a range of hardmetal tools.

Scott Bader North America’s Core Bond system has been awarded Product Design Assessment (PDA) certification for composite core installation

Trinseo has introduced an 85% long glass fiber (LGF) polypropylene (PP) concentrate for automotive semi-structural applications.

A novel program aims to create a new generation of scientists working at the crossroads of big data and materials science.

Nobel Prize for Physics and Chemistry 2016

As 48 ft vacuum furnace has successfully vacuum heat treated nickel alloy components in its inaugural cycle.

Hilti Group reports that first eight months of the current financial year, sales were up +6.6% in local currencies.

Sales in the Brazilian composites industry totaled US$ 335 million in the first half of this year, a 30% drop compared to the same period of 2015.

Diab Americas is investing in new 5-axis CNC equipment to meet the increasing demand for kitted parts in Diab’s structural foam cores Divinycell.

Scientists have placed a layer of graphene on top of a fatty lipid monolayer, as a first step towards surrounding graphene with a shell of lipids.

Researchers have discovered that the vast majority of the pores in zeolite-based desalination membranes are closed, greatly reducing their efficiency.

The International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials (ICDCM) “Young Scholar Award” winners have been announced.

Dilutec has developed a range of gelcoats that can impart special effects such as a metallic or pearlescent finish to composite parts.

Hexagon Composites and Agility Fuel Systems plan to merge.

Widia, a Kennametal brand, has developed a new milling grade, WS40PM, for use with titanium and other superalloys.

The voestalpine Group has opened a research and development center for the 3D printing of metal parts at a site in Düsseldorf.

Engineers have developed a new material made from hydroxyapatite and a biocompatible polymer for 3D printing bone implants.

Observing atomic interactions could improve superconductors

Toray has reported net sales of 2,104,430 million yen in 2016, compared to 2,010,734 yen in 2015.

CRP Technology has introduced Windform FA Black, a polyamide based composite material with a dark black color suitable for 3D printing.

Sinterite has installed a 60,000lb double cone powder blender at a powder blending facility located in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, USA.

ExOne is 3D printing home improvement and consumer product offerings for Lowe's.

Scientists have used a range of modern materials, including carbon nanotubes, to create ultra-strong, powerful, shape-shifting yarns.

A new material made of tiny cellulose nanofibers could replace potentially harmful absorbent materials in diapers and sanitary products.

UK car maker Riversimple has been awarded funding worth £125,000 to develop a bio-carbon fiber made from flax.

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) has been chosen as the composite materials partner for a proposed space telescope project.

The 29th annual Additive Manufacturing Users’ Group (AMUG) Conference will be held from 19-23 March, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Squeezing electrons onto one-dimensional wires shows quantum effects

When compressed, layered materials will form a series of internal buckles, or ripples, as they deform, in a process termed ripplocation.

Scientists have precisely simulated how a thin layer of water can reduce the transfer of heat between graphene and a cell membrane.

Quantum dots embedded in polymer for stress testing materials.

Lamborghini and Mitsubishi plan to work together on a project focusing on carbon fiber manufacturing that is more suitable for larger scale production.

AMG Mineração has acquired the remaining 49.9% interest in the company’s feldspar partnership based in Colorminas, Brazil.

Massimiliano Puddu di Sant'Andrea has been appointed chairman and CEO of Italian PM producer Pometon SpA.

Gurit reports that the first two first two Galaxy 53 m trimarans have been completed by Latitude Yachts.

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