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Materials news, April 2017

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New material offers simple way to detect chemical and radioactive contamination

The specific colors emitted when a chemical binds with a new crystalline material can be used to determine the identity of the chemical.

Chinese researchers believe they’ve gotten a step closer to producing all-weather photovoltaics by integrating phosphors into solar cells.

Porcher Industries has announced an requirement for over 400 new global appointments.

3D printing specialist Arcam has launches new branding identity for the company.

UK gas supplier Air Products has commissioned a best practice video for industrial gas users.

TPI Composites, Inc has entered into a long-term agreement with wind power giant Gamesa to supply wind blades in Turkey.

Polymer specialist Victrex plc has acquired Zyex, which makes PEEK based fibers for the aerospace, automotive and industrial markets.

Höganäs has opened its new ITEC technologer center based in Pune, India.

Italeaf, which owns powder metal producer Numanova, has published its year end report for 2016.

Scientists have developed a novel process for 3D printing structures using an ink made from simulants of Martian and lunar dust.

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Using block copolymers on chemically-patterned templates, scientists have developed a new way to create some of the world's thinnest wires.

Meta material for cooling without the energy input.

Advances in polymerization have enabled their use in cosmetics, drugs, biomedical devices, paints, coatings, adhesives, and microelectronics

Scientists have produced the first fully-functional microprocessor logic devices built from few-atom-thick layered materials.

Asco Sintering Co plans to exhibit at the Design-2-Part Show.

The president and CEO of alloy specialist QuesTek Innovations has been appointed to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Chemical company Solvay has been awarded a multi-million-pound grant for the FLAVA automotive project.

New research suggests that transition metal dichalcogenides could realize topological superconductivity and provide a platform for quantum computing.

Stem cells can be turned into Schwann-like cells by growing them on printed, multi-layer graphene circuits and treating them with electricity.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc has tested its plasma arc chemical warfare agents destruction system (PACWADS) using surrogate chemical warfare agent material.

Powder characterization company Freeman Technology will be hosting a powder characterization workshop on the 18 May 2017 at Imperial College London, UK.

Henkel has started to build a new production facility for aerospace applications at its site in Montornès, Spain.

A new report suggests that composite regulation in marine, rail, oil & gas, and construction could save the UK money.

Scientists have succeeded in coupling together the specific defects in two separate diamonds, which could lead to novel quantum technology.

Materials testing company Element Materials Technology is to acquire Exova Group, a provider of testing and calibration services based in Scotland.

Arcam reports continued growth in its recent interim report.

Dura Composites has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017 in the international trade category.

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess has completed its acquisition of US company Chemtura, which supplies flame retardant and lubricant additives.

GKN plc is to acquire Tozmetal Ticaret Ve Sanayi AS (Tozmetal), a powder metal part manufacturer based in the Istanbul Ataturk Free Trade Zone, Turkey.

Stratasys has developed FDM Nylon 12CF, a carbon fiber-filled thermoplastic which could replace metal components in a range of applications.

Diab has signed a long term contract with Diehl Aircabin to supply its Divinycell F foam core for cabin applications.

4M Industrial Oxidation announced today the consummation of its reverse merger with Woodland Holdings Corp, an SEC reporting company.

Scientists have fabricated printed transistors consisting entirely of the layered materials graphene, tungsten diselenide and boron nitride.

Gray tin exhibits a novel electronic phase when its crystal structure is strained, making it one of the few examples of a topological Dirac semi-metal.

Crystalline clathrates templated with DNA.

Suppliers of analytical instrumentation Malvern Instruments and PANalytical have merged their activities.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts has appointed Bryon Osterland as vice president, Global Chassis.

Composites UK will be the headline industry partner for the Composites Engineering Show in 2017.

Carpenter Technology Corporation plans to increase base prices 3% to 8% on its steels.

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H.C. Starck reported 2016 turnover of €688.4 million, down from €815.2 million in the previous year.

Argosy International Inc has opened a new 2,000 m2 manufacturing facility in Taiwan.

Iron complex shows iron-involved photoluminescence.

Sustainable seaweed for supercapacitors.

3D printing company PyroGenesis says that it has completed its first powder run with ramp-up already underway to take place over approximately four months.

The 737 MAX 9 Boeing aircraft, which incorporates some composite parts made by Spirit AeroSystems Inc, has had its first successful flight.

SIA Engineering Company Limited and 3D printing company Stratasys, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Gurit, which makes composite parts for the wind industry, reports net sales for Q1 2017 of CHF 87.4 million.

Using polymer strands that contain a liquid metal alloy, scientists have developed elastic, touch-sensitive fibers.

A new method can select semiconducting carbon nanotubes from a solution and make them self-assemble on a circuit of gold electrodes.

Penn State University in the US plans to offer residential and online master’s degrees in AM beginning in the autumn of 2017.

Scigrip Europe, a supplier of adhesive solutions and structural MMAs, has announced a price increase on it materials.

Toho Tenax Europe GmbH has manufactured an assembly carrier for the Porsche GT3 Cup II.

Embassy Powdered Metals will acquire American Sintered Technologies (AST), which makes PM products for a range of industries.

A new self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating is hundreds of times more durable than its counterparts.

Scientists have found a way to make graphene with fewer wrinkles, and to iron out those wrinkles that do still appear.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) and Composites UK are working together on delivering a package of support for SMEs.

Chemicals company Ashland Global Holdings Inc has acquired composites resin manufacturing facility from Reichhold Holdings.

Norsk Titanium AS has received from Boeing an order for AM structural titanium components.

The MPIF has announced the recipients of the 2017 MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy (PM) Award.

Tuned graphene nanoribbons take a seat.

Injecting charge carriers can promote a chemical reaction that converts a polymer precursor into a graphene nanoribbon.

Scott Bader has kicked off a group wide strategic sustainability project.

GE Aviation China’s repair center opened at the end of March, the company says.

Stainless steel manufacturer Kobe Steel is to acquire Swedish HIP manufacturer Quintus Technologies.

A group of Canadian researchers have investigated the optimal design for lightweight armour, using 3D printing and mechanical testing.

‘Fuzzy fibers’ of silicon carbide that act like Velcro can strengthen the composites used in advanced rocket engines.

An international consortium are using the world’s most popular soft drink to produce a host of carbon-based storage materials.

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has received a PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award.

The Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center has received an ‘Innovator of the Year’ award.

3D printing company EOS has announced a six-month 3D printing training course.

Sandvik Materials Technology says that it has secured a contract for the Leviathan gas field in the Mediterranean Sea.

Enhanced single-walled carbon nanotubes are more effective at cleaning up contaminated water than conventional materials like silica gel.

Gold nanoparticles have helped to reveal how to improve the light-harvesting abilities of a silver nanocatalytic material.

Element Materials Technology has announced the appointment of Olivier Jarrault as a non-executive member of the group’s board.

LPW Technology says that 3D printing machine manufacturer Stratasys has made a strategic investment in its business.

Infrastructure specialist Creative Pultrusions Inc (CPI) has acquired custom fiberglass and composite manufacturer Kenway Corporation.

Triumph Group has been selected to supply composite parts for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

A new computational method can map how molecules assemble and crystallize to form novel materials.

A novel carbon nanotube-based electrocatalyst uses just one hundredth of the amount of platinum generally used in electrocatalysts.

Following recent funding, component manufacturer Franklin Bronze says that it has been making investments in people, process, products and equipment.

A new form of gallium(II) selenide with a boat-like conformation has a semiconducting band gap that could make it useful in electronic devices.

Powder provider Plansee says that it is investing €10 million to build a new production line for medical engineering products.

Polymer and composite supplier Solvay has introduced two new lubricated grades of Zeniva polyetheretherketone.

Carbon fiber specialist Hexcel has been awarded a first time contract by a Tier 1 manufacturer in the automotive industry.

The thinnest, smoothest layer of silver ever made could find use in touchscreens, optical computing and metamaterial superlenses.

For work exploring boron doped diamond as a pH and chlorine sensor for water safety.

The organizers of JEC World, which took place in March, have reported an attendance growth of more than 10%.

Canada Makes has 3D printed parts to be launched into to space later in 2017.

Materials group Unicore reports a growth in recurring EBIT of 7%.

Lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals exhibit unexpected characteristics that could be harnessed for use in sensors.

A new self-assembly technique using block copolymers can produce some of the narrowest wires yet for use on computer chips.

A new way to make glass bend and flex could allow for the development of lab-on-a-chip devices that work at the nanoscale.

Materialise NV has announced its financial results for Q4 and the year ended 31 December 2016.

The EPMA is requesting EPMA members to send them PM parts/components for display purposes at various events to help promote the PM industry.

Solvay has been awarded the Excellent Supplier Gold Award 2016 from FACC Operations GmbH, an Austrian developer of lightweight structures for aerospace.

According to a new market report, the global continuous fiber thermoplastics (CFT) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.5% from 2017 to 2022.

Subtle adjustments in the manufacture of a polymer-based carbon sorbent can optimize either carbon capture or methane flow.

Materials manufacturer Covestro plans to continue manufacturing the rigid foam precursor MDI at its plant in Tarragona, Spain.

Researchers at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center have developed a method for in situ inspection of additively manufactured (AM) parts.

The University of Akron in Ohio, USA plans to seek FAA approval for ‘cold spray’ repair of corroded and worn parts on commercial aircraft.

When heated to about 450°C, two-dimensional molybdenum ditelluride 'stripes' unexpectedly turn into one-dimensional 'stars'.

Scientists have shown that films of carbon nanotubes can improve the long term stability of perovskite solar cells.

Cutting edge research at the interface between physics and materials science.

Heat treatment company Bodycote’s facility in Nogent, France has earned the Performance Review Institute’s MedAccred accreditation.

By exposing the ceramic silicon nitride to high temperatures and pressures, scientists have managed to make it transparent.

US molding specialist Matrix Composites has named Paul Oppenheim as vice president.

Scientists have developed a one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin layers of material with molecular-sized pores.

Wide-reaching analysis finds more women in research but physical sciences are lagging behind.

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Renewable energy realized through new metal oxides using high-throughput computation and experiment

LPW Technology Ltd has been named as one of ten recipients for the import/export award in the 2016/17 European Business Awards.

Nanoparticles can be arranged into defined patterns in ultrathin polymer films using entropy rather than chemistry.

Euroresins has appointed Kevin Lacey as business director, UK and the Nordic countries.

Fiber specialists Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj have resolved to complete the merger of Ahlstrom into Munksjö in accordance with the merger plan.

Kaman Aerospace Group has increased its stake in its Indian manufacturing joint venture to 49% from 26%.

UK powder producer Metalysis has opened what it calls a ‘Materials Discovery Centre’ in Yorkshire.

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