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Materials news, July 2017

Interplastic has announced the 2017 recipients of the Scholars Award.

Polymer specialist Solvay and investment firms Anzu Partners and Invest Nebraska have together invested US$1.9 million in MultiMechanics.

LPW Technology Ltd, which supplies metal powders for the AM industry, has published its latest laboratory service datasheet.

Graphene powder producer Zenyatta has formed a collaboration program to develop rubber products using graphene converted from the company’s graphite.

Meniscus-assisted technique could lead to high efficiency perovskite films.

Composite materials combining properties of both flexibility and stiffness.

A little fluorine can turn two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride from an insulator to a semiconductor with magnetic properties.

Milacron Holdings Corp has announced its financial results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2017.

Linde has reported a 4.7% increase in group revenue to €8.653 billion in the first six months of 2017.

GKN Sinter Metals has been recognized by Jatco with the Regional Quality Award for efforts in the supplier’s Japanese business.

Smoother surfaces on a solid electrolyte could eliminate or greatly reduce the problem of dendrite formation in lithium-ion batteries.

Spider silk shown to resist twisting forces by yielding when twisted, helping to dissipate energy.

Verder Scientific and the Monitoring & Control Laboratories have formed a joint venture in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The organizers of ceramitec 2018 has issued a call for papers for the event.

Chemicals company Clariant has reported an increase of sales of 9% in local currency to CHF 3.132 billion compared to CHF 2.899 billion in 2016.

Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites industry, has launched the preliminary agendas for its autumn program of events.

Submit your nomination for the 2018 Robert Cahn Award today.

Submissions are being accepted for the 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Researchers in Developing Countries.

Scientists have created the first machine learning method for predicting the properties of new metals, ceramics and other crystalline materials.

Find out who will receive one of the 2016 Acta student awards.

A new ‘controlled spalling’ layer transfer technique can derive thin films from superconducting gallium nitride crystals.

Scientists have increased the stiffness, or ‘elastic modulus’, of a soft silicon-based polymer by infusing it with tiny pockets of liquid gallium.

By depositing bismuth onto a silicon carbide substrate, scientists have created a topological insulator that can work at room temperatures.

New electrode designs based on a highly conductive, two-dimensional transition metal carbide could produce fast-charging batteries.

Additive Industries has been named the winner of a most promising young technology company contest run by Dutch national newspaper Financieele Dagblad.

Aerospace company Weare Group and powder producer Tekna have joined forces to set up metal powder manufacturing in France.

Materials developer Michelman has appointed two new group vice presidents.

Sigmatex Carbon Textile Solutions Inc based in Orangeburg, SC, USA, has attained accreditation to Aerospace standard AS9100C.

Henkel has opened a new test facility for composites in Isogo-ku, Yokohama, Japan.

The biennial Powder Metallurgy (PM) Parts Compacting/Tooling Seminar will be held 26–27 September.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has released an updated version of its PM Industry Roadmap.

Scientists have developed a method for pulling super-stretchy and strong fibers with properties similar to spider silk out of a hydrogel.

Improving direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs).

A new low-temperature solution printing technique can fabricate high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals.

MTS Systems Corporation has establishing the MTS India headquarters in Bangalore.

Scientists have found evidence for a new type of electron pairing that may broaden the search for new high-temperature superconductors.

ASTM International’s committee on nonferrous metals and alloys will host a free workshop in November.

GlassFibreEurope has reportedly called on the glass fiber value chain to fight against illegal trade practices by China.

A novel manganese and sodium-ion-based material could replace lithium-based electrodes in rechargeable batteries.

The World Science Festival and Annals of Physics join forces at an event at Columbia University.

Porcher Industries it has provided materials to Stelia Aerospace for a research project to develop a full-scale thermoplastic fuselage demonstration.

3D printing company Arcam has reported a sales increase of 32% in the last six months.

The organizers of the 2018 Composites Innovation Conference have issued a call for papers.

SKF has reported that its net sales for the last six months were SEK 20.2 billion.

Neat trick to print a 2D form of a 3D model that spontaneously forms solid, curved object.

A combination of experimental and theoretical methods has revealed evidence of superconductivity on ultrathin lithium titanate films.

Six students from the Penn State DuBois general engineering program attended POWDERMET 2017, the international conference on powder metallurgy, this June.

The US EDA plans to offer a US$125,000 federal grant to develop a composites industry cluster in Rhode Island, USA.

Sutton Tools says that it has gained market share in the aerospace industry by producing tools using linear motor technology.

Standards organization ASTM International has upgraded its learning management system (LMS) in order to improve user experience and functionality.

Dr Michael Schwarzkopf, long-standing chairman of the Plansee Group executive board, has moved to the supervisory board.

GE Additive, Concept Laser and Arcam AB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Swiss technology company Oerlikon.

Wichita State University has purchased a new professional grade metal additive manufacturing (AM) system.

Chem-Trend has received three safety awards from the US-based National Safety Council (NSC).

Revealing the presence of radioactive substances when they are no longer present.

The core materials market for composites is projected to reach US$1.92 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.77%.

Molecular cages - metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs).

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has made plans to improve training for the composites manufacturing workforce.

The ARC Group has appointed Drew M Kelley as interim CEO and board member.

David C Dauch, chairman and CEO of American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM), has received an entrepreneur of the year award.

Scientists have produced the most detailed study yet of the thermal effects of semiconducting metal-nitride nanowires.

Converting an organic polymer to carbon via heating offers a novel way to fix catalyst nanoparticles onto electrode surfaces.

LPW Technology Ltd has published a case study which examines the sources and impact of porosity in metal AM.

Owens Corning Infrastructure Solutions has completed its acquisition of Aslan FRP, the concrete reinforcement business of US-based Hughes Brothers Inc.

Unitech Composites and Tamarack Aerospace plan to produce the composite content of Tamarack’s Active Winglets for the Cessna Citation Jet Series Aircraft.

Scientists have enhanced the strength and temperature resistance of a transition metal disilicide alloy by adding two new metals.

Carbon nanofiber electrodes coated with a conductive polymer and bacteria can generate electricity while cleaning wastewater.

A new strong, thermally-stable nickel-containing alloy could prove an ideal replacement for silicon in microelectromechanical systems.

Using a new polymer material that undulates when illuminated, scientists have developed the first device for converting light directly into walking.

Submit your article to a Special issue in Materials Discovery.

Scott Bader has recently added two new grades to its Crestomer range of structural adhesives.

The AMRC has become a regional partner of Sheffield Digital, an organisation for businesses and individuals involved in the city’s digital industries.

A novel membrane made from graphene can filter molecules from aqueous solutions up to 10 times faster than state-of-the-art membranes.

Concept Laser and Lauak have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to develop an alliance between the two companies.

A novel composite material shows promise as a catalyst for the degradation of environmentally-harmful synthetic dye pollutants.

An official call for presentations has been announced for MIM2018.

Hi-line Industries, a UK manufacturer of compressed air purification equipment, has appointed Damien Oxlee as its new national distribution manager.

Halide perovskite semiconductors can emit multiple, bright colors from a single nanowire at resolutions as small as 500nm.

Japan-based thermoplastic composites material developer and manufacturer MaruHachi Group plans to expands its activities into the European market.

FACC AG has signed a new contract with Rolls-Royce to supply composite components for a new engine platform.

Scientists have created a novel 2D material in which electrons travel in one direction with one type of spin, which could be useful for spintronics.

GKN Sinter Metals has received the Best Supplier Award by Somfy.

A 3D printer developed by Höganäs has been installed at CETIM, the French industrial institute.

Aerospace company Heico Corporation’s Flight Support Group has acquired 100% of Carbon by Design

Spirit AeroSystems is to join NASA’s Advanced Composites Consortium (ACC) as a Tier-1 member.

Toray has agreed to acquire shares in Pacific Textiles Holdings Ltd, a textile manufacturer based in Hong Kong.

US composite materials company Composites One has been presented with a platinum safety award.

Read about Materials Today's efforts to promote researcher's data.

An inexpensive material called quinone makes an effective anode for safe, long-lasting batteries that work across a range of temperatures.

A novel ‘sugar-coated’ nanomaterial can promote the growth of new bone, as well as other bodily tissues, with minimal use of growth factor.

Scientists have shown how 3D selective laser sintering can be used to make fingertip-size blocks of graphene foam.

The US University of Kentucky has received a US$1 million US grant to continue its research in developing low-cost, high-strength carbon fiber.

Sigmatex has signed a strategic partnership agreement with China-based Hengrui Corporation (HRC), which makes CF automotive parts.

Aeronautical and space company Weare Group and plasma specialist Tekna have formed an agreement to create a metal powder manufacturing company.

A new low-temperature catalyst can produce high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) has announced a joint venture (JV) with GE Aviation for the development of new alloy powder manufacturing.

Copper-containing mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles are versatile, multifunctional and can carry active agents to the site of bone damage

Turkish company Metyx Group has installed new warp knitting production lines.

Materials manufacturer OCSiAl has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a plant for single wall carbon nanotubes.

Gurit has been granted a global license for Armacell’s ArmaFORM PET GR technology until the expiry of the patent rights for an undisclosed license fee.

Scientists have found that amorphous regions of a polymer film can transport ions, while crystalline regions are better at conducting electrons.

Arcam AB says that the new powder factory for its powder manufacturing subsidiary AP&C in Montreal, Canada, is progressing well on plan.

GKN Aerospace and Saab plan to continue developing additive manufacturing (AM) processes.

Scientists have made theoretically-predicted heterostructural alloys, blends of compounds that don't share the same atomic arrangement.

Höganäs’ CEO, Melker Jernberg, will leave the company to assume a position as President of Volvo Construction Equipment, Höganäs says.

Composite manufacturer Kenway has installed two fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) tanks in West New York, New Jersey, USA.

A novel nickel oxide compound is an unconventional but promising candidate material for high-temperature superconductivity.

A new semiconductor alloy that can capture near-infrared light could improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of concentrator photovoltaics.

Mimicking useful properties of melanin-like materials.

Kennametal Inc has appointed Christopher (Chris) Rossi as president and CEO and has named him a director.

Element Materials Technology has announced the completion of its acquisition of Exova PLC.

AM specialist Arcam AB has received an order from GE for 10 of its electron beam melting (EBM) systems.

FACC AG plans to produce the wing-to-body fairings for Bombardier Aerospace’s new C Series range of regional aircraft.

y Avio SpA and Toray Industries have signed a long-term supply agreement to supply Torayca carbon fibers to Avio for rocket motor case applications.

A novel chemical process can deposit nanomaterials on graphene without changing the properties and arrangement of its carbon atoms.

A new way to create extremely thin electrically conducting sheets within crystals could lead to reconfigurable electronic circuits.

Nanodiamond material specialist Carbodeon has developed an electroless nickel, PTFE and nanodiamond composite coating.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh plan to explore next-generation metals, especially steel, for use in additive manufacturing (AM).

Following its acquisition of Chemtura, chemicals company Lanxess has revised its organizational structure.

The JEC Group has published a new book entitled ‘Overview of the global composites market – at the crossroads’.

Assemblies of metallic nanoparticles at multiple length scales behave like bulk magnets and display shape-dependent behavior.

A new way to create previously 'unrealistic' alloys with thin films could form the basis for next-generation semiconductors.

Tracking and controlling dynamic molecular vibrations.

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