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Materials news, February 2018

TWI and partners are focusing on a new project to investigate the use of PM for space applications.

Airbus delivers first A350-1000

Airbus has reportedly delivered the first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways earlier today, following successful FAA and EASA Type Certification on 21 November.

TenCate plans to showcase its developments in composite material technologies for aerospace and industrial markets during JEC World 2018.

A novel material made of liquid-metal particles embedded in a rubbery elastomer can stiffen by up to 300% when subjected to mechanical stress.

A novel multistep process can fabricate single crystal, atomically thin films of tungsten diselenide across large-area sapphire substrates.

Graphene offers rapid radiation response.

Scientists have found a new state of magnetism that may help them understand the link between magnetism and unconventional superconductivity.

Scientists have written patterns in laser-induced graphene on food and other materials, offering a new way to produce conductive identification tags.

Henkel plans to introduce its new Loctite MAX 5 matrix resin for carbon fiber reinforced composite wheels at the JEC show.

AM company LPW Technology has been ranked in the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 for the second year running.

EconCore plans to present the results of the tests it has been performing on honeycombs made of modified polycarbonates.

A newly formed company, iSpecc Limited, has been appointed sole UK and Ireland distributor for Techni-Modul Engineering.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation’s Industry Development Board has released another video in a four-part educational series on powder metallurgy.

Boeing and engineering company Oerlikon have signed an agreement to develop standard materials and processes for metal-based AM.

Global Composites, a new international Composites industry conference, will take place in Las Vegas, USA on 27–28 June 2018.

By binding metal ions to organic molecules, scientists have developed a novel 3D printing technique for fabricating complex nanoscale metal structures.

A novel laser-based method can measure stresses and strains in a 2D material, allowing scientists to probe their effect on the material's properties.

Molecules that cling to mitochondria may offer a new approach to treatment and diagnosis of cancer.

A thin film made from iron, cobalt and manganese may have a magnetization density that is 50% greater than a previously considered maximum limit.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) says that a preliminary 2018 AMUG Conference Agenda is now available on the AMUG website.

Researchers have come up with a new titanium-based material for making lead-free, inorganic perovskite solar cells.

3D printing company EOS says that it plans to expand its footprint in Asia-Pacific.

LPW Technology Ltd will be showcasing its metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM) at TCT Asia.

Composites manufacturer says that it plans for its production plant in Laholm, Sweden to obtain 100% of its energy from fossil free sources 2019.

Kordsa, an affiliate of Sabancı Holding, says that it registered a record number of patent applications in 2017. It did the same in 2016.

Treating wood to make it a lightweight, high-performance material.

Cheaper and more environmentally friendly solar cells with new perovskite material.

Tandem-repeat synthetic proteins work as proton conductors.

You're invited to attend the Acta Materialia Gold and Silver Award Ceremony!

Memory polymers for light-driven separations.

GE Additive has appointed Jason Oliver as CEO and vice president, GE Additive.

Freeman Technology says that its range of powder rheometers can help in powder metal processing.

Carbon fiber company SGL Group and Fraunhofer IGCV have founded the joint Fiber Placement Center at SGL’s plant in Meitingen, Germany.

Gurit has appointed Dr Emiliano Frulloni as CTO and member of the executive committee.

3d printing company EOS says that it has expanded its production capacity.

Prepreg specialists North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) plans to showcase a number of applications where its materials have been used at JEC World.

Researchers have employed the power of the sun to build functional synthetic polymers using photosensitive, semiconducting quantum dots as a catalyst.

A single lens comprising gradient index materials and metasurface layers can focus red, blue and green wavelengths of light to the same point.

Micron-sized spheres coming together under the influence of a spinning magnetic field can be used to model 2D materials and other molecular systems.

Granta Design, which makes additive manufacturing (AM) software, has released the underlying data structures of its AM data management solution.

The programs for AMPM2018 and PowderMet2018 are now available online.

Diab plans to exhibit its contribution to two projects that have been nominated for this year’s JEC Innovation Award at the show.

A team of chemists has developed a new method for synthesizing nanographenes by zipping up partially fused benzene molecules.

High-resolution magnetic memory.

The ASTM is accepting papers for the 12th International Symposium on Rolling Bearing Steels.

Sandvik plans to invest around SEK 200 million in a new plant which will make titanium and nickel fine metal powders.

Velox GmbH has formed a new distribution partnership with Thailand-based Life Material Technologies Limited.

North Thin Ply Technology, which makes lightweight prepreg materials has signed a new long-term agreement with watchmaker Richard Mille.

Professor Terrones is now Editor-in-Chief of Carbon.

ELG Carbon Fibre and Sanko Engineering and Tooling (SET) and Sanko Gosei UK (Sanko Gosei), have formalised their commercial partnership.

Exel Composites plans to exhibit a range of its products for construction at JEC World 2018, taking place in Paris, France from 6-8 March 2018.

TAT Technologies has posted the dates for its upcoming sintering courses.

Additive manufacturing (AM) organization America Makes has launched a framework for a new AM/3D printing technician registered apprenticeship.

Scientists have found that multiple quantum interactions can coexist in a single bismuth-based material and be controlled by an electric field.

A novel metal-organic framework able to adsorb twice its weight in water could control humidity in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way.

Polymer and composites laboratory R-Tech Materials plans to run an introductory training course on mechanical testing of composites.

A new electron microscopy technique can precisely determine the temperature and temperature-dependent behavior of two-dimensional materials.

By fabricating an ultrathin material known as a thin film structure, scientists have been able to observe a two-dimensional hole gas for the first time.

Scientists have uncovered evidence of rotating vibrations known as chiral phonons in a 2D material, which could be used for new forms of computing.

Materials research company Dynaflow Inc has expanded its range of materials testing services to include testing of composite materials and coatings.

Russian nuclear fuel supplier TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom has formed a subsidiary to help develop additive manufacturing (AM).

A lithium-ion battery shaped like the human spine shows remarkable flexibility, high energy density and stable voltage while being flexed or twisted.

Sigmatex plans to showcase its complete range of carbon fiber textiles at JEC World 2018, taking place from 6–8 March in Paris.

The Graphene and other 2D Materials Special Interest Group (SIG) is organising an event to discuss graphene and elastomers.

Find out more about the 2018 Robert Cahn Award winner.

Interfacing silicon nanosprings for stability.

Sicomin, which makes epoxy resin systems, has earned a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Bio based Product label.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company XJet Ltd plans to exhibit its ceramic 3D printing machine at ceramitec 2018.

Umicore says that it achieved record financial results in 2017 due to strong growth in its Energy & Surface Technologies segment.

Textile company the Metyx Group says that it has received a 50% matched incentive package expand its Hungarian operations, Metyx Hungary Kft.

Computer models show that the right mix of hydrogen bonds is critical for producing polymer and cement composites that are strong, tough and ductile.

Scientists have uncovered gas separation abilities in a 2D material called MXene, which could be incorporated into membranes for purifying hydrogen.

An analytical platform known as MAESTRO can zero in on signatures of exotic behavior by electrons in a 2D material with microscale resolution.

Using a silver nanowire and a 2D material, researchers have found a way to convert electron spin information into a predictable light signal.

Andrea Cavalleri and Keith A. Nelson winners of 2018 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

Chemicals company Sabic plans to increase global capacity for two of its engineering thermoplastic materials, Ultem and Noryl resins.

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) says that it will be offering demonstrations of its Eco Calculator online tool during JEC World 2018.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) says that its Euro PM Congress & Exhibition has attracted a record number of abstracts.

H.C. Starck says that it has received the certification for the processing of ‘conflict-free’ tantalum raw materials the seventh year in a row.

Researchers have identified a mechanism that triggers shape-memory phenomena in the organic crystals used in plastic electronics.

Scientists have synthesized a novel form of titanium nitride, called titanic nitride, which has promising mechanical and optoelectronic properties.

Wall Colmonoy plans to run a session of its modern furnace brazing school from 15-17 May 2018.

The 3D printing industry is anticipated to touch US$17.2 billion mark by 2020, according to www. researchnester.com.

Scott Bader has developed Crestabond M1-10 structural adhesive, part of its MMA primer-less bonding adhesives range.

Chemicals company Sabic has acquired a 24.99% stake in Clariant.

By employing graphene girders as physical supports, scientists have been able to replace graphite with silicon in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries.

Scientists have developed a new process for encouraging molecules to form complex tiling patterns known as tessellations through self-organization.

A novel inorganic halide perovskite can act as a solar cell material and be reversibly switched between a transparent state and a non-transparent state.

Scientists have greatly reduced the fragility of molten-electrode batteries by replacing the usual ceramic membrane with a metal mesh membrane.

Additive manufacturing enables an improvement in the strength of 316L stainless steel without adversely affecting ductility.

Höganäs says that it has appointed Kennet Almkvist as senior vice president of commercial.

Sintavia has received internal approval to make production parts for Honeywell Aerospace using the powder bed fusion AM process.

CECIMO and the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) have signed an agreement to promote additive manufacturing (AM).

Alloy specialist Wall Colmonoy has appointed Ed Mohrbach as VP of finance & operations.

Aliancys has announced a price increase of €100 per ton for its unsaturated polyester resin product portfolio sold in Europe, the Middle East and India.

A tiny tube made of protein-like molecules called peptoids that rolls up and zips closed could be used for various applications including water filtration.

Scientists have produced the the first truly planar sample of stanene, an atom-thick sheet of tin atoms, by growing it on an alloy of silver and tin.

Blaine A Stebick, vice president of Phoenix Sintered Metals, has been appointed chair of the MPIF technical board, the organization reports.

By combining two different types of silicone, researchers have been able to produce silicone parts with complex geometries by 3D printing.

Information about the Composites Innovation show has been released.

Höganäs said that it has acquired 100% of Swiss tooling company Alvier PM-Technology.

Engineers have created a method for systematically designing metamaterials using the principles of quantum mechanics.

Two advances promise to expand the possible uses of graphene oxide-based membranes in purification and filtration technologies.

APMI International has named the two recipients of its 2018 Fellow Award.

Chad Spore has been selected to receive the Vanguard Award from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF).

Australian carbon fiber composites manufacturer Quickstep has announced its update for the second quarter of FY18.

Gurit has reported reported preliminary and unaudited net sales of CHF 360.5 million for the full year 2017.

Lining up gold or silver nanocubes in edge-to-edge configuration improves sensitivity performance in molecular sensing.

‘Dual-mode’ radiative thermal management textile can provide both warming and cooling.

A scaffold made of crumpled graphene balls can prevent the formation of dendrites in lithium metal batteries while withstanding volume changes.

Royal DSM reports that a patent of DSM Dyneema will be maintained after a second challenge before the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office.

America Makes plans to run a course in additive manufacturing (AM), taking place in Youngstown, Ohio, USA, in March.

A thin layer of fullerene molecules allows electrons to travel further than previously thought possible in organic solar cells and organic semiconductors.

Ordering C-S-H mesocrystals using polymeric binder creates strong and flexible hybrid material.

Inks based on graphene and other two-dimensional materials enable the printing of washable and biocompatible electronics on cotton and polyester textiles.

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