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Materials news, December 2017

Silicone inks allow researchers to print life-like artificial organs

Researchers have 3D printed life-like artificial organs that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs.

A novel leaf-shaped catalyst made from molybdenum disulfide could replace expensive platinum catalysts in hydrogen fuel cells.

Scientists have developed a way to integrate transparent conducting metal oxide contacts with 2D semiconductors to produce see-through electronic devices.

A novel model derived from more than 400 computer simulations of natural composite materials can help scientists develop synthetic versions.

Researchers have created tiny electronic ‘graphene tweezers’ that can grab biomolecules and nanoparticles floating in water with incredible efficiency.

With 3D printing, researchers have created a metamaterial from cubic building blocks that rotates about its axis in response to compression forces.

Researchers have developed a bacteria-containing, hydrogel-based ink for producing objects with various different properties by 3D printing.

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) has added new thermoplastics data to its Eco Calculator.

GKN Aerospace has signed a three year contract extension worth over US$8 million with the South African Air Force’s Gripen RM12 Engines.

A novel measurement technique called Scanning Droplet Adhesion Microscopy can characterize the wetting properties of superhydrophobic materials.

Scientists have discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, which could find use as a solid electrolyte in magnesium-ion batteries.

UK car manufacturing fell by 4.6% in November, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Two manufacturers will present their latest builds and experiences in the architectural composites sector at CompIC ME.

Mixer company Charles Ross says that its Ross Test & Development Center has installed an advanced planetary mixer.

For the first time, scientists have observed ion migration within hybrid perovskite crystals and related that to declines in its light-absorbing ability.

A novel method for synthesizing nanoparticles of europium(II) oxide is allowing scientists to study the properties of this ferromagnetic semiconductor.

Umicore has reached an agreement to acquire Materia's metathesis catalyst IP and business portfolio for a price of U$27 million.

Arcam AB plans to move its electron beam melting (EBM) additive manufacturing (AM) business.

Exel Composites has made a range of lightweight trench shoring equipment for UK company Eze Shoring Ltd.

The new scopes increase the differentiation between these excellent sister polymer science titles and take effect from 1 January 2018.

Scientists have disentangled the intriguing dynamics of how electron stripes melt and form on quantum materials.

By studying an unprecedented range of disordered solids, scientists have defined a parameter called 'softness’ that can predict the location of defects.

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology was reportedly able achieve exception levels of strength and ductility when compared to counterparts.

Renishaw has supplied metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology to help develop lightweight titanium wheels.

Wytchcraft Composites, a manufacturer of glass reinforced plastic tooling and moldings, has moved into larger waterside premises.

Exel Composites reports that its carbon fiber components have successfully completed nine years of service at CERN.

A novel. high-quality magnetoelectric material is allowing scientists to study cross-coupling between electric and magnetic properties.

Researchers have succeeded in growing semiconducting graphene nanoribbons with a regular armchair edge and incorporating them into nanotransistors.

Höganäs Brazil has added a wastewater process based on patent-pending electrocoagulation technology to a SKF bearing plant.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has announced the winners for the Awards for Composites Excellence, sponsored by Composites One.

GKN plans to offer design, manufacturing and consultancy services to the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E team over the next few years.

The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) has announced the CAMX 2017 Technical Paper Award winners.

A new desktop 3D printer is up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts, producing Lego-sized objects in minutes rather than an hour.

Researchers have managed to control the fluorescence emitted by carbon nanotubes by attaching hexagonal carbon molecules to them.

The ASTM is calling for papers for the 19th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry, taking place 19-23 May 2018, in Manchester, UK.

Teton Composites has formed a finite element analysis (FEA) service business to help engineers design and analyze complex composite structures.

The Advanced Automotive Plastics show, taking place in Berlin, Germany, in January, will cover current trends in the industry, according to its organizers.

A prototype of a sodium battery with a solid electrolyte is safer and can store more energy than a lithium-ion battery.

Scientists have developed a technique for combining carbon nanotubes with ceramics and polymers to form novel composite materials.

New research reveals that when spraying metal coatings, melting hinders rather than helps.

A new, cost-effective catalyst made from nickel, tine and ceria can convert carbon dioxide and methane directly into synthesis gas.

Hexcel Corporation has introduced its third H160 prototype for Airbus Helicopters.

The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX), taking place in Florida, Orlando, has announced the winners of the fourth annual CAMX Award.

AM specialist Renishaw has become a gold sponsor of a North American based head and neck reconstruction organisation.

European nanodiamond producer Carbodeon has been granted a Chinese patent for its technology.

Borophene could be the first pure two-dimensional material able to emit visible and near-infrared light by activating its plasmons.

Physicists have tested which films containing different combinations of magnetic nanostructures can generate spin currents most effectively from heat.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) is reportedly acquiring a hot isostatic press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies.

Mott Corporation says that it presented a range of 3D printing porous technology at the International Conference on Sintering.

A project established by SGL Group to supply energy to a housing development area has won an environmental award.

Researchers at the PNNL have developed a range of predictive engineering tools for designing lightweight automotive composites.

Scientists have discovered why the two best methods for probing the electronic states of topological insulators produce different results.

Researchers have created the material for a chemical heat 'battery' that can release its energy on demand.

A novel epitaxy method that incorporates van der Waals’ forces is able to grow thin films of the semiconductor germanium on mica.

A novel material synthesis method uses a stream of protons to shoot ions from a source material into a host material.

SGL Carbon is acquiring BMW Group's 49% equity investment in the companies’ joint ventures.

The president of the SMMT has asked the UK government not to undermine the country’s automotive industry’s competitiveness due to slow progress on Brexit.

Arcam AB plans to look into strategic alternatives regarding DiSanto Technology.

AOC, LLC has announced a price increase of US$0.10/lb for all products made in Mexico.

Kordsa plans to buy two US companies in order to strengthen its reinforcement technologies business.

Hexcel Corporation it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) business of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM).

Gordon Hunter has been given the HR ‘Russ’ Ogden Award from ASTM International’s committee on reactive and refractory metals and alloys.

Höganäs says that it has acquired Metasphere Technology, a start-up based in Luleå, Sweden.

Using 3D printers, engineers have turned formerly theoretical structures known as schwarzites into strong, light materials with repeating patterns.

The optical and photocatalytic properties of carbon dots can be precisely tuned by controlling the positions of nitrogen atoms in their structure.

Smart textiles and wearable electronics benefit from graphene.

Conductor gives delicate control over electron spin.

GKN Additive, has added AncorTi Beta 21S to its portfolio of AncorAM powders for additive manufacturing (AM).

Alloy specialist Deere & Company has completed its acquisition of the Wirtgen Group, a manufacturer of road construction equipment.

Composites molding company Wabash MPI has appointed Reed Christiansen as product and marketing development manager.

Chomarat plans to showcase two new applications for its carbon multiaxial non-crimp fabric (NCF) at the CAMX Expo.

Graphene’s unique properties makes it a potential candidate for transparent, stretchable electronics in displays, wearable health monitors, or soft robots.

The EPMA is calling for papers covering hot isostatic pressing (HIP) for the Euro PM2018 Congress & Exhibition.

Engineering consultant AZL has formed a new workgroup to support the business development for composites in buildings and infrastructure.

GE and Concept Laser plan to open a new additive manufacturing (AM) plant in Lichtenfels, Germany.

UK based Axon Automotive Ltd, has recently been 100% acquired by Bawtry Investments Ltd from Far-UK Ltd.

Why don’t tree frogs slip off wet leaves? The answer lies in their sticky toe pads, which are made up of a mixture of hard and soft materials.

Pre-treatment process controls the chirality of SWNTs by tuning the degree of oxidation of the Co catalyst during growth.

Simple solution could radically broaden the range of metal alloys that can be produced by additive manufacturing.

Plastics technology center AIMPLAS says that it is coordinating Recotrans, a European project aimed at manufacturing large composite parts.

Charles Ross & Son Company, which makes industrial mixing equipment, has appointed Christine Banaszek as its new sales manager.

The Association for Metal Additive Manufacturing (AMAM) says that is now accepting charter members till the end of 2018.

Powder metallurgy specialist Höganäs AB and Cortus Energy AB have opened what they say is the world’s first plant for renewable energy gas and green coke.

For the first time, researchers have discovered the existence of a disordered electron spin state, known as a frustrated magnetic state, in a metal.

Atomically precise heterojunctions in graphene nanoribbons could enable the design of a new generation of more efficient and powerful nanoelectronics

Composite coating specialists Andercol and Scott Bader say that they have expanded their Novascott joint venture plant.

Solvay says that its Additive Manufacturing Cup involves 3D printing complex shapes using the company’s KetaSpire PEEK filaments.

Powder metallurgy specialist GKN plans to showcase its ideas to use 3D printing to help the development of electric vehicles (EVs).

Umicore says that it has agreed to sell its European technical materials business to Saxonia Edelmetalle GmbH.

Tencate has made a technology demonstrator component designed specifically to be press molded using its snap-cure prepregs.

W Brian James has been honored with the Frank W. Reinhart Award from ASTM International’s committee on metal powders and metal powder products.

The SME has selected four university professors to receive its 2017 Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award.

An updated version of infrared imaging has proved ideal for studying and and optimizing metal-organic frameworks.

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