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Materials news, December 2016

Canada invests in advanced engineering

The government of Canada via investment office FedDev Ontario plans to contribute up to US$7.3 million to technology institution Niagara College.

The European Defence Agency (EDA) has launched a project covering additive manufacturing (AM) and defense.

Georgia Tech is working with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines on procedures for repairing composite parts used in aircraft.

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) recently demonstrated the center’s carbon fiber precursor spinning capabilities.

Using a computational model, scientists have identified 21 solid electrolytes that could replace the volatile liquids used in rechargeable batteries.

A new magnetoelectric multiferroic material still possesses coupled magnetic and electrical properties at room temperature.

Using plasmonic silver nanocubes, researchers have developed a novel technique for printing and imaging across a range of colors.

A new perspective article reviews the state-of-the-art of autonomous polymers and lays out future directions for the field.

Lehmann & Voss has opened Lehvoss New Material (Kunshan) Co Ltd, a 2,500 m² production facility and application technology center in Kunshan, China.

The global aerospace composites market is projected to reach US$32.35 billion by 2021.

The global market for carbon fibers is growing by more than 8% per year through 2020, according to new research from IHS Markit.

Arcam AB has announced that the members of the company’s nomination committee have resigned.

Cristex Composite Materials has introduced a new slitting and rewinding service.

Höganäs AB has reorganised its business into three global business areas: automotive, industrial and environmental.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) is seeking nominations for the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award.

The redistribution of energy in quasicrystals takes place as a chain reaction that resembles the forked branches of a lightning strike.

Researchers have shown how a molecular cap can trap potentially harmful emissions within MOFs.

Scientists have developed a novel way to synthesize nano-sized Lonsdaleite, hexagonal diamonds that are much harder than regular diamonds.

Scientists have chemically-modified sawdust to make it oil-attracting and buoyant, and thus ideal for cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic.

New high-precision sensor measures changes in magnetic fields.

Metallic organic, no pressure, TED.

Hexavalent nitrogen compounds a possibility.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts has appointed Andrew Sexton as president, EMEA aftermarket and regional president, EMEA.

AOC Resins has announced price increases for resins, gel coats and pigments effective for all orders shipped on or after 15 January, 2017.

Record-breaking perovskite solar

novel hemostatic treatment based on a shape memory polymer (SMP) foam combined with an antibacterial hydrogel suitable for deep wounds

Sicomin and 3A Composites Core Materials of Switzerland say that their epoxy resin PET foam sandwich panel has been tested to EN45545-2.

Hi-line Industries, a UK manufacturer of compressed air handling and purification equipment, has reported its most successful period ever.

Sintavia LLC a specialist in metal additive manufacturing (AM), has appointed Carolyn Allan as its global marketing manager.

Water stays "stiff" in carbon nanotubes even above its normal boiling temperature.

Inducing electrical doping in organic semiconductor films could lead to cheaper solar cells.

Renishaw has made use of metal 3D printing to produce components to help improve the performance of the Land Rover BAR boat.

Additive manufacturing (AM) researchers at Pitt have received an Early Stage Innovations (ESI) grant from NASA.

Global gas companies Linde AG and Praxair Inc have announced that the companies intend to combine in a merger of equals.

Abbott Furnace Company has acquired the intellectual property (IP) of Drever Furnace from The Rose Corporation.

ALMACO has announced the winners of its Top of Mind award.

Using a special electron microscope with atomic-level resolution, scientists have shown that large ions can hold open atomic tunnels in battery electrodes.

Scientists have discovered that step edges in topological crystalline insulators can produce electrically conducting pathways.

Magnum Venus Products (MVP) plans to expand its operations and build a new US$12 million facility .

The members of the German Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AVK) have elected a new board under the organization’s regular cycle.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation has acquired Beck/Arnley brand and certain associated assets.

Praxair has notified bulk gas and medical gas customers in North America of price increases.

Chinese researchers say that high-rate, long-life batteries could be one step closer, thanks to nanofiber anodes.

Researchers have shown that adding graphene to glass-fibre composites could improve their crash performance.

AVK Composites Germany has announced the winners of its coveted Innovation Awards 2016.

The organizers of JEC Asia said that the event had a record number of attendees.

Bimetallic particles of nickel and cobalt form an extremely porous ‘Swiss cheese’-like structure on oxidation, increasing their catalytic activity.

Synthesizing cement particles in a variety of shapes, including cubes and spheres, can produce concrete that is less porous and more durable.

Ceratizit has produced a video which looks back on more than 90 years of company history in three minutes.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc, which developed metal powder for 3D printing, plans to purchase up to 5,000,000 of its common shares.

AD3 Printing and other 3D printing companies have announced the fifth edition of the Carbon Fiber Design Contest 2017.

Composites Germany reports that nearly 250 delegates came to the 2nd International Composites Congress, which took place in Dusseldorf this November.

New additions to the Materials Today family.

TU Dresden university researchers have been awarded the President of Germany’s German Future Prize for their research into carbon concrete composite.

Ceratizit Germany will give a presentation on tungsten carbide for stamping, bending, and fine blanking applications.

Kennametal Inc’s board of directors has elected Michelle R Keating as vice president, secretary and general counsel.

Shining light at terahertz wavelengths at a topological insulator has revealed that it straddles the classical and quantum realms.

By studying electron spins in an ytterbium crystal, scientists have detected strong signs of a quantum spin liquid appearing at near absolute zero.

Ames Laboratory has been awarded US$5 million to improve metal powders used in additive manufacturing (AM).

First articles, available now.

Metal injection molding specialist Arburg reports that its Indonesian subsidiary recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

NetComposites has published the conference program of composites in construction show CompIC 2017.

New porous materials made of transition metals such as cobalt, iron and nickel can store hydrogen at low pressures and room temperature.

Researchers have found that the entire surface of molybdenum sulfide can be used as a hydrogen evolution catalyst, not just the edges.

Resin supplier Aliancys has today announced a price increase for its unsaturated polyester/vinyl ester resins.

Umicore is to acquire 100% of Eurotungstene, a company within the Eramet Group.

Wall Colmonoy’s Aerobraze Engineered Technologies has won a competition to overhaul the F-16 primary and secondary heat exchangers.

Changing the length of the polymer ‘thread’ between each molecular ‘bead’ can increase the strain and rupture strength of polymer gels.

Nanoscale defects in a superconducting material can interact with weak magnetic fields to put the brakes on superconductivity.

The AMRC has built what is said to be the world’s first reconfigurable carbon composite robotic machine tool.

Composites Europe will take place annually in Stuttgart, Germany from next year.

The Fives Michelin Additive Solutions joint venture (JV) has launched an applied research program for metal additive manufacturing.

Seco/Warwick is holding a webinar on 13th December covering its heat treatment services.

Exciting the polaritons in 2D materials can cause electromagnetic energy to be focused down to a tiny volume.

Patterned diamond surfaces covered with a layer of graphene can efficiently transport phonons from a semiconductor to a diamond heat sink.

Scientists have developed a luminescent metal-organic framework that can detect and capture heavy metal toxins such as lead and mercury.

When confined within carbon nanotubes, water can freeze solid even at high temperatures that would normally set it boiling.

Researchers have developed a novel approach to fabricating 3D micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon.

introducing an additional polymer layer into ‘inverted’ perovskite solar cells can boost performance

Resin supplier AOC has been named Gold Supplier of the Year by Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP).

Paul Peters and David Van Dyke (managing director of Arthur John Capital Limited) have joined STRUCTeam Holdings Limited's board of directors.

Dr Camila Fernandez has received the €10,000 Umicore Materials Technology Award.

Linde AG says that it has decided to resume talks over the essential terms of a potential merger of equals between it and Praxair Inc.

Do you qualify for the 2017 Reaxys PhD Prize?

Looking at the use of additive manufacturing to provide customized clinical care to an individual animal patient.

UK composites manufacturer Tufcot says that it has had one of its most successful months of the year in November.

Evonik Resource Efficiency plans to invest in a capacity expansion of its performance foams business at its production site in Darmstadt, Germany.

Metalysis Ltd reports that it has successfully produced graphene using the company’s proprietary electrochemical metal powder manufacturing process.

Nanoparticles can break down hazardous organic dyes into harmless molecules.

Illuminating photonic crystals with laser light generates patterns that reveal how light beams of different colors bend as they pass through the crystal.

New features are being offered on a range of ribbon blenders.

Experts from the automotive and manufacturing technology industries have attended at a workshop at GKN.

SKF reports that it has participated in three simultaneous raids against retailers of counterfeit bearings in China.

Using powerful computer simulations, researchers have determined why the friction varies when an object slides across graphene.

A new perovskite material with unique magnetic properties could be used to build next-generation hard drives.

Professor Allan S. Hoffman wins 2017 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal.

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) says that its ThinPreg 736LT prepreg system has now been approved Lloyd’s Register.

Resin supplier Aliancys has helped develop a composite façade solution for the construction of the new Eurojust office building in The Hague, Netherlands.

Materials testing consultancy Lucideon has released a new white paper entitled ‘Additive Manufacturing – a Metallurgical Perspective’.

Ron Graham has received an award from the ASTM International Committee on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys (B10).

A liquid, BODIPY dye-based battery of the future.

DMS from biofouling of plastic could attract foraging seabirds.

LPW Technology’s technical director Andy Florentine, delivered a presentation on 3D printing at Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire, UK, on 29 November.

Gurit has acquired BASF’s polyethylene terephthalate (PET) structural foam business for an undisclosed purchase price.

Hexion Inc has reported net sales of US$819 million, a decrease of 15% compared with US$966 million in the prior year period.

Eramet has reported Q3 2016 sales of €714 million, showing a steady increase since the start of 2016.

The mathematics of making coffee, liquid extraction optimization.

Mimicking the colorful nano structures of the metallica spider.

A low-cost, scalable spray-printing process can fabricate high-quality, isolated organic single crystals on almost any substrate.

By propelling silver nanowires at supersonic speed, scientists have produced an ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive.

Höganäs has opened a tech center specialising in surface coating at its headquarters in Sweden.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc has reported revenue of US$1,902,748 in Q3 2016, an increase of 40% over the same period in 2015.

The Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) has published its report focused on revolutionising the lightweighting of composites.

IPS Structural Adhesives says that it has successfully concluded its lawsuit against Mayer & Mayer HandelsgmbH

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