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Materials news, January 2018

Plant-inspired ‘nanowrinkles’ too slippery for marine bacteria

Inspired by the pitcher plant, scientists have shown that a surface coating of 'nanowrinkles' on polymers can prevent biofouling by marine bacteria.

GRP Solutions Ltd and advanced composite experts Andrew Pointon and Michael Stevenson have formed Total Composite Solutions (TCS) Ltd.

Velox GmbH plans to show a range of its speciality composites and additives at JEC World 2018, taking place in Paris, France from 6 to 8 March.

Scientists have used spiraling X-rays to observe, for the first time, chirality, or handedness, in swirling electric patterns in a layered material.

Nanotechnology limits on carbon nanotubes.

Thermo Scientific has developed a range of spectrophotometer for quality assurance and control.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the US says that it has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member.

The development of a new lithium-ion conducting ceramic textile could get us a step closer to practical solid-state lithium metal batteries.

Hardmetals company Sandvik says that it has been ranked in the 2018 iteration of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations.

GKN Aerospace says that a total of 39 Fokker aircraft were placed in 2017, compared with 42 transactions in 2016.

A new tin-based perovskite solar cell allows 'hot' electrons to retain their high energy levels for longer than usual, which could help produce more power.

Scientists have witnessed the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles in a battery electrode reverse during power generation.

Polymer company Piper Plastics has developed the KyronMAX series of structural short fiber thermoplastic compounds.

A shopping center in Perth, Western Australia features a composite spiral ribbon representing a company logo.

Operating according to simple mathematical logic statements, a novel hydrogel will only release its drug cargo in response to specific physiological cues.

Twisting films of carbon nanotubes produces short lengths of strong, conductive fibers in about an hour, making this process much faster than spinning.

A novel 3D printing method can yield unprecedented control over the arrangement of short fibers embedded in polymer matrices.

The MPIF has reported the death of Stanley (Stan) Abkowitz recently at the age of 90.

Diana Lados the founder and director of WPI’s Integrative Materials Design Center has been elected a fellow of ASM International.

NTPT and the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne will implement a research project to improve discontinuous carbon fiber tubes.

A Fraunhofer insitute has developed a new testing method for composites which combines mechanical and radiographic examination.

Incorporating hexagonal boron nitride between layers of calcium silicate should produce a tough, durable ceramic that is resistant to heat and radiation.

Super black birds could inspire meta materials.

Cleaning nanotubes through heat and ion bombardment.

3D printing soft tissue scaffolds.

GKN has published information about its upcoming company strategy.

Total Composite Solutions (TCS) Ltd and Microtex Composites Srl, a weaving and prepreg manufacturer have signed a long term partnership agreement.

Glass fiber company Owens Corning has been named one of 25 global companies on a list for both climate and water.

Using carbon nanotubes and modified graphene nano ribbons in fuel cells.

For the first time, researchers have compared measurements of a class of metals produced by neutron scattering with realistic theoretical calculations.

Chemicals company DowDuPont has reported at increase of GAAP net sales of 23% in Q3 2017.

ASTM International announced its first proficiency testing program in additive manufacturing (AM).

A scientist from South Korea has reportedly developed technology for reinforcing metal matrix composites with carbon nanotubes.

A nanostructure made from a fluoropolymer and metal oxide materials allows thin-film transistors to operate with unprecedented stability.

Photocatalyst based on titanium dioxide can turn carbon dioxide into usable fuel and reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Eugene A Golebiowski has won the Copper Club Award from ASTM International’s committee on copper and copper alloys.

GKN says that it has received a preliminary and unsolicited acquisition proposal from financial services firm Melrose.

Science company Royal DSM has appointed Wilfrid Gambade as president of DSM Dyneema.

Hair-thin OLED fibers could have fashion and healthcare applications.

New technique offers strong and resilient ultrafine polymer fibers with a range of applications.

Scientists have developed a water-absorbing metal-organic framework that can suck up to twice its weight in atmospheric moisture.

Researchers have discovered a way to flip an iron-based superconductor between superconducting and non-superconducting states using a microscope.

Researchers have found a way to produce a two-dimensional electron gas between insulating oxides on the semiconductor gallium arsenide.

A crystal with an exterior case surrounding a rotating axis is the first proof that a single material can be both static and moving, or amphidynamic.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has launched a new training course to help support and develop the powder metallurgy sector.

TFP plans to host a live webinar entitled ‘Enhancing Composite Fire Protection using Nonwovens’.

The global carbon fiber market could reach US$4,650 million in the next four yeara, according to a report published by Reportbuyer.com.

Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes or modified graphene nanoribbons could replace the platinum cathodes that currently reduce oxygen in fuel cells.

An innovative platinum and copper alloy catalyst can convert methane from shale gas into hydrocarbon fuels without becoming coated in carbon.

A novel process called gel electrospinning can produce ultrafine polymer fibers that are exceptionally strong and tough.

Carbon company SGL Group has sold its 51% shareholding in the SGL Kümpers joint venture.

Sandvik has completed its divestment Sandvik Process Systems to FAM AB.

The topological insulator trisodium bismuthide can be as electronically smooth as the highest-quality graphene-based devices.

The Sauber F1 Team has officially taken delivery of a 3D printer built by Additive Industries as part of a three-year technology partnership.

AZL says that it has implemented adhesive-free bonding for FRP for the first time in large-series production with cycle times of less than three minutes.

Spirit AeroSystem has unveiled plans to grow in fabrication and defense, each of which it says could exceed US$1 billion over the next five years.

By conducting systematic studies, researchers have provided a quantitative picture of how surface conditions control the growth of metal nanocrystals.

Researchers have developed the first single metalens able to focus the entire visible spectrum of light in the same spot and in high resolution.

Hardmetals company Sandvik has signed an agreement to divest Hyperion to US-listed investment firm KKR for SEK4 billion.

Scott Bader says that various products in its adhesives range have received ClassNK approvals.

Spirit AeroSystems’s Advanced Technology Centre has reportedly developed an improved method for manufacturing composite parts.

Additive manufacturing company Additive Industries has appointed a new director of operations & supply chain.

A novel method for removing contaminants from carbon nanotubes has helped to reveal why their electrical properties are so difficult to measure.

By utilizing flat coils with different shapes, scientists have adapted nuclear magnetic resonance to study nanomaterials and exotic states of matter.

Asymmetrical polymer particles imprinted with DNA are able to bind together in a spatially defined manner for use in biomedicine and 'soft robotics'.

Dr Huaxin Li, material/welding technical specialist at General Motors, talks about his role.

John Catterall, executive director, Auto Steel Partnership, talks about his role.

Mixer company Charles Ross says that it now offers protective light curtains.

Aliancys has supplied a range of resin system for a firewater system forming part of a new motorway multi-level road tunnel in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Diab says that it has supplied a lightweight PET core for the new corporate headquarters of Spanish banking group Banco Popular Español, SA.

Applying pressure at the nanoscale to two layers of graphene transforms them into a super-hard, diamond-like material, termed diamene.

A method for encapsulating metals such as dysprosium and copper in a single layer of graphene could produce materials with novel properties.

Metyx plans to exhibit acrylic painted glass fiber sculptures at JEC World 2018.

Carbon fiber companies Solvay and deBotech have formed partnership with USA Bobsled and Skeleton.

Additive manufacturing company Renishaw has created an additively manufactured sun dial for historic Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, UK.

The transfer of energy from nanomaterials to molecules can go both ways, causing the nanomaterials to photoluminesce over long timescales.

The board of directors of Arcam has applied for de-listing of the company's shares from Nasdaq Stockholm.

Quantum effects allow samarium nickelate to mimic a shark's sixth sense, by detecting minute electric fields in salt water.

Lithium-ion batteries designed to be safer in an accident.

Read our latest series and find out about materials science researchers in New Zealand and Australia.

Dr Paul J. Wolcott, applications engineer additive manufacturing at General Motors talks about his role.

Jellyfish-inspired triboelectric nanogenerator can harvest energy from waves and power sensors that can detect fluctuations in the water surface.

The EPMA reports that the Abstract Submission Deadline for the Euro PM2018 Congress and Exhibition is 24 January 2018.

ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd says that it will be exhibiting for the first time at the Automotive World Show, taking place in Tokyo from 17-19 January.

The organizers of the Composites in Sport 2018 conference have issued a call for speakers is now open.

Comparing the results reported in thousands of papers about the properties of MOFs revealed that replicability could be a problem in material science.

Scientists have engineered ‘artificial graphene’ by replicating, for the first time, the electronic structure of graphene with semiconducting materials.

Adding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon produces a material that can adsorb more than two times its weight of carbon dioxide.

Michelman and Engineered Fibers Technology LLC (EFT) plan to develop innovative solutions for specialty fibers and composites.

Solvay says that it has signed an agreement with Boeing to supply composites and adhesives in support of the 777X airplane production.

A nanotextured surface on a stainless steel alloy, produced by an electrochemical etching process, can kill bacteria while not harming mammalian cells.

Electric eel inspires energy system for wearables.

Quick, split and make hydrogen from water.

Flexible stretchable bacterial bio-batteries.

Researchers have found a simple way to deposit magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles onto silica-coated gold nanorods for biomedical applications.

3D tattoos light up for chemical sensing.

A new hyperlens crystal made from hexagonal boron nitride with isotopically pure boron can resolve features as small as 30nm in size.

Improved DNA detection using nanopore sensors.

ASTM International has released a new video to shows its work in helping develop standards.

America Makes has been awarded a grant to help commercialize Intellectual Property resulting from America Makes' project calls.

UK composites company MPM has been awarded regional manufacturing champion at this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

Michelman has become a member of the University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) Industry Consortium.

Two-step thermal reduction process boosts conductivity and mobility of reduced graphene oxide (RGO), opening up new potential applications.

Fabrication of the first-ever metallic glass nanotube arrays on a Si substrate by a simple lithography and sputter deposition process.

Solar power device like a double-glazed window offers new approach.

First technique capable of determining lithium metal plating during lithium ion battery charging reported in Materials Today.

A new method based on vaporizing a frozen solution with a laser can create hybrid thin-film materials that would otherwise be impossible to make.

Hexcel Corporation has reported 2018 revenue guidance for sales in the range of US$2.10 billion to US$2.20 billion.

GE Additive has opened its first ‘Customer Experience Center’ in Munich, Germany.

Michelman has launched a new website for the Indian packaging market.

Batteries powered by sweat made completely from fabric

Novel bioactive nanocomposite hydrogel based on hyaluronic acid and self-assembled bisphosphonate-magnesium nanoparticles facilitates bone regeneration.

A new technique for 3D printing metals, which utilizes ultrafast cooling, can produce components with exceptional levels of strength and ductility.

AM specialist Sintavia, has begun construction on a new 55,000 ft2 manufacturing facility located in Florida, USA.

Ames Laboratory has improved on its 2016 performance and now exceeds expectations in a majority of the key performance areas measured by the DOE.

Aliancys has announced a price increase for its complete product portfolio sold in Europe, the Middle East and India.

Hexcel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the aerospace and defense (A&D) business of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM).

Adding a tiny amount of boron to a carbon-containing plasma can alter the grain size and electrical properties of the diamond film produced by the plasma.

Using analytical techniques, scientists have discovered how the atomic structure of lithium-rich battery cathodes evolves during charging and discharging.

Aliancys and JRD Polymers, based in India, have signed an agreement for the latter to distribute the full resins portfolio of Aliancys.

Umicore has opened a production site to make cathode materials used in Li-Ion rechargeable batteries in Jiangmen, China.

Scientists have developed a new method for produce semiconducting graphene nanoribbons by heating a specially-prepared polymer.

Scientists have determined the mechanisms that cause tiny wires of molybdenum disulfide to extend into tungsten diselenide at their interface.

Höganäs reports that it has signed an agreement to acquire H.C. Starck’s surface technology and ceramic powders division, STC.

AOC has announced a price increase of US$0.05 per lb for all its products sold in Latin America.

Chemicals company Lanxess says that it has made a global increase in the price of some of its dye products.

Scientists have developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics.

Scientists have produced a ‘topological excitonic insulator’ for the first time by cooling stacked semiconductors to below 10K.

Turkish composite specialist Kordsa has opened a new polyester yarn line at a plant in Izmit, Turkey.

GE Sweden Holdings AB has agreed to acquire shares in Arcam for SEK 345 per share.

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