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Materials news, January 2017

Simulations of one-dimensional boron ribbons and chains have revealed they possess several unique properties.

Scientists have worked out how to make and measure the properties of a time crystal, which has an atomic structure that repeats in time.

The composite tooling market is projected to reach US$551.8 million by 2021, at a CAGR of 7.35% between 2016 and 2021.

Metal powder producer Höganäs says that it has joined the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.

An Australian organization has pledged AUS$250,000 to support a consortium of Australian carbon fiber and composite manufacturers.

The Aachen Center for 3D Printing says that it now offers two full vocational training courses and degree programs at several partner universities.

Biocompatible nanocarriers containing superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and a common antibiotic can treat biofilms.

Polymer combined with carbon nanotubes matches the flexibility and conductivity of cardiac tissue.

Details of the Acta Gold Medal award session have been announced.

Biomimetic nano cargo carriers.

Australia's Clean Energy Innovation Fund plans to invest in technology to improve the lightweighting of automotive vehicles.

Gurit has reported net sales of CHF 352 million for the full year 2016.

GKN Driveline has partnered with StreetScooter, an electric vehicle company owned by Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Powder producer H.C. Starck has received certification for processing of ‘conflict-free’ tantalum raw materials for the sixth year in a row.

A general framework for designing reconfigurable metamaterials can be applied to everything from meter-scale architectures to nano-scale systems.

A titanium surface covered in fluorinated nanotubes can repel blood and so could reduce blood clotting by medical implants.

3D biofunctional silk materials.

A C Marine & Composites has launched a new website.

Powder characterization company Freeman Technology plans to exhibit its material characterisation instrumentation at the European Coatings Show.

QuesTek Innovations LLC has been awarded six projects from the US Navy and Army to develop technologies for additive manufacturing (AM).

UK composite manufacturer Tufcot reports that it has become a Carbon Smart Blue certified business.

Simple strategy for creating solutions of two-dimensional nanomaterials could make large-scale production of future devices easier and cheaper.

Biomimicry of the beetle helps material design.

The Additive Manufacturing Users’ Group has added keynote speaker to its conference, taking place from 19 – 23 March 2017, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Ceratizit USA Inc has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake of Best Carbide Cutting Tools LLC.

IACMI has announced a project focused on thermoplastic composite advancements for wind turbine blades.

GOM, a company that develops software for 3D coordinate measuring technology and 3D testing, is now a member of the NCC.

Stretched fibers of bacterial cellulose could strengthen a new generation of ‘green’ nanocomposites.

coating metal electrodes used to probe brain activity with graphene could be safer for patients and enable more accurate measurements

Terahertz scanner based on a carbon nanotube film is flexible, portable, and wearable.

JEC Group has announced the names of the 13 winners of the JEC Innovation Awards.

Exova Group plc has acquired Insight NDT Limited (Insight), a UK based non-destructive testing (NDT) and radiographic inspection business.

Seco/Warwick Allied Pvt Ltd is relocating to a new operating facility in Mahape, Navi Mumbai, India.

The organizers of the Global Graphene Forum (GGF 2017) have issued a call for abstracts for the conference.

hydrogen bonding enables the fabrication of stretchable, self-healing semiconducting polymer transistors paving the way for wearable electronics

The 2017 edition of Standard 35-PF, Materials Standards for PF Steel Parts has been released by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF).

The MPIF reports that Ronald H Neill passed away on 9 January at his home in New Jersey, USA, aged 84.

Porous 3D form of graphene produced using heat and pressure

Solvay has announced global price increases for its range of resins.

Hexcel says that it will be showcasing a range of its composite materials at sports exhibition ISPO MUNICH 2017 in February.

CoreLite Board has been awarded the distinguished Certificate of Material Excellence by Material ConneXion.

The metal replacement market is projected to reach US$159.82 billion by 2021.

The IHEA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course is scheduled to begin on 13 March 2017.

GKN Powder Metallurgy and EOS plan to collaborate to scale up industrial additive manufacturing (AM).

Structural defects and jagged surfaces of nanoparticles shown to be key to catalysis.

Scientists have used a new approach to investigate the formation of defects in materials at the atomic scale and in near-real time.

Composites Germany has issued a call for papers for the 3rd International Composites Congress (ICC).

Concept Laser says that it now offers CL WRX Control software on its LaserCUSING machines with all configuration options available.

Hexagon Composites, Nel ASA and PowerCell Sweden AB have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to establish an JV to pursue hydrogen opportunities.

MIM specialist Phillips-Medisize Corporation announced plans to open a new 80,000 ft2 manufacturing facility on its Wisconsin, USA, campus.

Arconic has entered into two agreements to supply 3D printed metal parts for Airbus’ commercial aircraft.

GKN Aerospace has gained a USD$175 million three-year contract extension to supply engine parts to the Swedish Armed forces.

Solvay has agreed to sell its Formulated Resins business to polymer and resin supplier Elantas PDG Inc.

Elantas Europe, a supplier of epoxy resins and adhesives, has been awarded GL (German Lloyd) certification.

A novel optical characterization method has revealed that in 2D crystals there is a strong interaction between crystal quality and valley polarization.

Researchers have developed a technique in which nanoscale perovskite particles self-assemble to produce more efficient, stable and durable LEDs.

LPW Technology's US operation has been awarded AS 9120A & ISO 9001:2008 certifications.

Renault Trucks reports that it is working on an additive manufacturing (AM) process to improve the performance of engines.

The Osirys Project consortium will be holding a project workshop to deliver its results to the construction industry at CompIC 2017.

New theory of coffee-ring effect could keep solar panels clean, improve DNA sequencing.

A new computational model can calculate how metallic glasses morph over time when they are put under mechanical stress.

Scientists have produced the most tightly knotted physical structure ever known, which could lead to a new generation of advanced materials.

Depending on the synthesis conditions, gold nanoclusters can self-assemble to form 2D hexagonally-ordered layers or 3D capsid structures.

The German Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AVK) has set up a new website for its Euro resin transfer molding (RTM) Group.

UK-based Lentus Composites has installed a Sahos Dynamic bridge-type machining center.

Umicore reports that it has officially opened its new production plant for emission control catalysts in Rayong, Thailand.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) and its corporate Diamond member, Gema USA, are soliciting applications for the 2017-18 Gema/PCI Scholarship.

Hexion Inc plans to increase all off-list pricing for epoxy resins and Bisphenol A (BPA) in North and South America.

SKF is investing SEK 70 million in developing roller manufacturing capabilities in Dalian, China.

LM Wind Power, a manufacturer of wind turbine blades, has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2018.

GE is now accepting applications from schools for its US$10 million investment in 3D printing.

Scientists have used a unique infrared probe to study how the atomic structure of gold and platinum nanoparticles affects their function as catalysts.

Scientists have woven a 'smart' fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of the bone tissue periosteum.

Ceratizit Germany is taking part in a stamping and fine blanking seminar taking place in Germany in March.

Kyocera Corporation has received two 2016 Environment Minister’s Awards.

Ahlstrom has completed the sale of its German subsidiary with operations in Osnabrück to Kämmerer Paper Holding GmbH.

Hexagon Composites' subsidiary Hexagon Ragasco has received a new order for LPG cylinders at a total value of €8.9 million.

In some water-splitting catalysts, oxygen comes from within the catalyst material itself, as well as from the surrounding water molecules.

Crystals that form spontaneously on exposure to carbon dioxide could offer a new option for carbon capture and storage strategies.

NetComposites plans to hold a new conference focusing on hybrid composite solutions within sectors such as automotive, aerospace, rail and energy.

GE’s new GE Additive business plans to collaborate with GE Capital to sell and finance metal additive machines.

Software company Collier Research Corporation has announced it has become a member of NASA’s Advanced Composites Consortium (ACC).

UK 3D printing specialist Renishaw has supplied additive manufactured guides to help a surgical procedure to reshape a patient’s face.

Placing cones that act as nano-chimneys between graphene and carbon nanotubes could enhance heat dissipation from nano-electronics.

Compressing and fusing flakes of graphene can produce a porous, lightweight 3D material with a strength 10 times that of steel.

Auto components supplier Rockman industries has acquired a majority stake in Moldex Composites.

The Ceratizit Group has acquired German company Becker Diamantwerkzeuge.

Polynt Composites says that it has been forced to announce a first price increase of 100 €/ton effective January 10th 2017.

Defects in cement that catch layers of the material as they move past each other can produce concrete that is tougher and stronger.

A new one-dimensional, core-shell-type crystalline wire made from organic-inorganic hybrid materials can emit light efficiently.

Umicore has acquired from 3M the ownership of three nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) patent families for cathode materials.

General Moly reports that Lee M Shumway, chief financial officer and principal accounting officer, will depart from the company.

Submissions for the 8th annual Reaxys PhD Prize are now open.

NovaScott has become the first local supplier to gain full approval from Gamesa to supply gelcoat in Brazil.

AOC LLC has announced a price increase in the amount of $0.13/Kg for all products sold in Asia, effective immediately.

Researchers have been able to create a high-pressure form of germanium, known as ST12, in a large enough sample size to confirm its characteristics.

Conductive ink made from silver nanowires can print inexpensive, customizable circuit patterns on just about any surface.

The market for carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials could reach US$20,284 million by 2022.

Sicomin, a formulator of epoxy resin systems, has appointed Suter Kunststoffe AG as its distributor in Switzerland.

Materialise NV has signed an agreement with Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business.

SmarTech Publishing, a market analyst in the 3D printing sector, has made three predictions for the industry in 2017.

Firing highly-charged xenon ions at graphene has revealed that the electrons in this material are highly mobile, generating a very high current density.

Scientists have used tiny diamonds known as use diamondoids to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide.

Solvay has completed the sale of its stake in Solvay Indupa to Brazilian chemical group Unipar Carbocloro,

Market analyzer Technavio says that it has published three reports covering activated alumina, lime, and aluminum powders, pastes and flakes.

Christopher Hutchinson and Tadashi Furuhara join the Acta Journals.

A novel self-assembly technique can create multilayer, multi-patterned 3D nanoscale structures with unprecedented complexity.

Through changes in its atomic vibration energy, graphene can distinguish a single hyperactive cancerous cell from a normal cell.

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

Thre Future Composites Manufacturing Hub will test the potential of manufacturing composite materials within the UK.

GKN Driveline plans to invest nearly US$179 million to expand its manufacturing facilities in North Carolina, USA.

Enjoy free access to the anniversary special issue of Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science.

Dr. Yanming Ma has joined Computational Materials Science as an Associate Editor.

Sodium-embedded carbon nanowalls make highly effective electrodes in electronic devices such as solar cells and supercapacitors.

Industrial gases company Air Products has earned a score of 100% on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

Hexcel Corporation has made a strategic investment in Carbon Conversions Incorporated (CCI).

In a patent infringement case initiated by Oxeon a German Court of Appeal recently ruled in favour of that company.

Scientists have developed a novel solid-state battery by placing ultra-thin aluminum oxide between lithium electrodes and a solid garnet electrolyte.

By optimizing the antireflection properties, scientists have fabricated a flexible transparent conductor from an ultrathin metal film.

Exel Composites has supplied composite profiles a continuous, inter-locking composite seawall flood defense system.

Sintavia LLC has received ISO 17025 accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

3Diligent says that it now offers metal plating of resin and plastic parts in addition to metal casting of wax-printed parts.

Universities in the UK have developed new technology that could improve the electrical and thermal conductivity of conventional composite materials.

China's nano metal powder market size is predicted to grow at a compound annual rate of 25%.

Novel fuel cell catalysts comprising atomically-ordered platinum-lead 'nanoplates' display high catalytic activity, stability and durability.

Graphene forms the basis for a new imaging platform that can map the electrical fields generated by networks of heart and nerve cells.

Insight into the friction in layered graphene.

Nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots can convert carbon dioxide into complex hydrocarbons like ethylene and ethanol.

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