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Materials news, August 2018

AOC Aliancys has announced a price increase in the amount of US$0.04/lb for the USA and CAN$0.085/kg for Canada.

The MPIF, APMI International, and the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology (CPMT) have launched improved websites.

Using video game controllers with electron microscopy, researchers have developed a way to move line defects around in bilayer graphene.

Researchers have produced a biosynthetic spider silk that is the first to replicate the strength and toughness of natural spider silk.

Hexagon Composites says that it has introduced a new mobile pipeline gas transport module.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) is seeking nominations for its MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy award.

Researchers have developed a method for converting QR codes and other passive tags into three-dimensional features within 3D printed parts.

Engineers have developed a nanoparticle coating that protects ceramics against thermal shock by reducing heat transfer.

Quickstep Holdings Limited, which makes advanced carbon fiber composites, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lockheed Martin.

The MPIF says that its annual Basic Powder Metallurgy (PM) Short Course, held from 13–15 August, received good feedback from attendees.

Synthesizing stronger spider silk.

Making magnesite much faster for CO2 sequestration.

Solvay in Lyons, France says that it expects its polyamide activities to be temporarily impacted by the severe drop in water levels along the Rhine river.

Carpenter Technology Corporation has announced Timothy Lain as its new vice president and chief financial officer.

Computer simulations show that nanoscale patterning on surfaces is an effective means of engineering materials for unique water dynamics.

Superlubricity in two-dimensional material interface.

New approach to reverse osmosis membranes, cuts energy, resources, improves efficiency.

The submission deadline is 30 September 2018.

Composites UK has partnered with logistics company SITE Event Logistics to help its members transport exhibition stand equipment and products.

A novel platinum-gold alloy, 100 times more durable than high-strength steel, is believed to be the most wear-resistant metal in the world.

Adding lithium ions into the crystal structure of a quantum material called samarium nickelate makes it an ion conductor but an electrical insulator.

Agility Fuel Solutions,has received California Air Resources Board (CARB) certifications for its first natural gas-powered engine.

Scott Bader says it plans to exhibit a range of products at the annual Innotrans rail technology exhibition.

Glass fiber specialist Owens Corning has appointed Brian Chambers as president and COO.

Composites UK says that it will be bringing its regional roadshow series to Northern Ireland on 2 October.

TenCate has met with other companies to develop a regional knowledge-base in thermoplastic composite technology for of aircraft.

Two types of nanoribbons produce material that traps single electrons at the junctions of ribbon segments.

Using a novel additive manufacturing process, scientists have been able to produce ultra-thin, ultra-smooth polyamide membranes for desalination.

Researchers can fine-tune the electronic, mechanical and optical properties of 2D heterostructures by varying the angle between the crystals in real time.

Using a ceramic solid-state electrolyte, engineers have developed lithium-metal batteries that don't suffer from poor durability and short-circuiting.

WC coating technology company Hardide Coatings has been awarded funding to help further the use of the company’s coating technology for aircraft.

Scientists have used a squid-inspired protein to create films that act as a thermal switch, increasing their thermal conductivity on exposure to water.

Researchers have discovered that mixing granular materials creates both mixed and non-mixed regions.

New polymeric material with applications in tissue engineering and cellular transplantation.

Multi-material smart material prototype based on seed coat of some plants.

PyroGenesis says that it has increased its ownership in HPQ Silicon Resources, a gold and quartz exploration company.

ASTM International says that the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) will join its Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence.

Index suppliers MSCI has reportedly raised polymer company Covestro’s sustainability rating from BBB to A.

Scientists have discovered that negatively curved carbon sheets known as schwarzites can be synthesized inside the pores of zeolites.

Researchers have made triple-layered hollow nanostructures consisting of a conductive organic core sandwiched between two inorganic layers.

Synthetic biology protein and polymer building blocks are used to construct ‘smart’ materials systems that can perceive and process information.

Advanced synchrotron small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering reveals how dental caries evolve and the changes in structure of enamel at the nanoscale.

Magnus Eriksson has been appointed as the new CFO of Höganäs.

Recent studies suggest that machine manufacturing is set to be a big growth factor in the composites industry.

A 2D tungsten ditelluride bilayer develops a spontaneous electrical polarization that allows it to undergo ‘ferroelectric switching’.

Scientists have designed auxetic materials with smooth curves for distributing forces that can deform repeatedly.

Simple, universal reflux pre-treatment and sonication method produces measurable amounts of two-dimensional quantum dots from bulk raw materials.

Gurit says that it received net sales of CHF195.3 million for the first six months of 2018, a growth of 11.5%.

Scientists have discovered that defects in zirconium-based metal-organic frameworks can actually improve their ability at capturing carbon dioxide.

The puzzle-like wavy structure of the seed coat found in some grasses could hold the secret to creating smart materials that are both flexible and strong.

America Makes has congratulated the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) which will function as the North American base of a German 3D printing company.

A new 14 m long fishing vessel designed in Australia reportedly features sandwich core composite materials from ATL Composites.

Catalytically active Pd nanoclusters inside organic molecular cages avoids aggregation and other problems.

Two-dimensional atomically thin layers of the metal gallium - known as gallenene - have been created on silicon substrates.

Materialise and chemicals specialist BASF have formed a strategic alliance to promote a more open market model in the additive manufacturing (AM) market.

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

Metals and ceramics manufacturer H.C. Starck, said that it had a significant increase in sales for 2017.

Roth Composite Machinery plans to exhibit its products at the CAMX composite show, taking place from 16–18 October 2018 in Steffenberg, Germany.

Chemicals company Sabic has joined forces with Nottingham Spirk, a product design company based in Ohio, USA.

Nanowires could help restore impaired neurological functions involved in vision and movement

Fire-resistant wallpaper based on inorganic nanowires and graphene oxide (GO) thermal sensors sounds an alarm in the event of fire.

This year’s Euro PM2018 Congress will include a number of presentations and special interest seminars focused on additive manufacturing (AM).

Polydist UK says that it is now distributing Sabic’s polymer resins in the UK.

Project 12 has collaborated with Total Composite Solutions on automotive OEM projects for bespoke carbon parts.

By mixing nanocrystals with polymers and ligands, scientists have found a way to switch between a liquid-like state and a solid-like state.

Scientists have discovered that tiny distortions in the crystal lattice of iron pnictide help it to enter a superconducting state as it's cooled.

Researchers have developed a way to embed high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers, which can then be woven into fabrics.

Quantum computing could benefit from the finding that electrons can be trapped between graphene nanoribbons with different topologies,

Exel says that in its recent half year financial report, order intake increased by 7% to €25.0 million.

Umicore says that its half year revenues and recurring EBIT were up substantially compared to the same period last year.

Novel all-solid-state batteries based on thin films benefit from low resistance at the interface between the electrode and the solid electrolyte.

Scientists have discovered that cuprates seem to carry electric current in an entirely different way to conventional metals such as copper.

Long-term water-repellent metal surfaces may be one step closer.

Carpenter Technology Corporation has announced its financial results for Q4 and year ended 30 June 2018.

Fly Away with Composites, a composites workshop focused on the aerospace markets will take place on 21 August 2018 in Clearfield, Utah, USA.

Resins companies AOC and Aliancys have merged to form a new combined company, which will be named AOC Aliancys.

Researchers have found that ‘rebar graphene’, in which graphene is reinforced with carbon nanotubes, is more than twice as tough as pristine graphene.

Researchers have created self-folding 3D structures by attaching paperboard sheets with specific patterns to a polymer substrate.

Plastics manufacturer Lanxess says that its short glass fiber reinforced Durethan polyamide material is suitable to be used in drones.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has presented the James F and David J Wright Lifetime Achievement Award, to Rex Winemiller.

The US Department of Transportation has reportedly awarded over US$660,000 to composite boat maker Front Street Shipyard.

Metal powder company Höganäs plans to introduce a new app at the World PM2018 show, taking place in Beijing, China, from 16-20 September 2018.

Could the touch of a finger make mobile data storage more secure?

Could carbon nanotubes give us stronger Kevlar bullet-proof vests?

The MPIF reports that the deadline for presentations for MIM2019 is 28 September 2018.

A £13 million program reportedly helped stimulate an extra £41 million from private investment into England’s vehicle manufacturing supply base.

Front Street Shipyard has begun construction of a new facility next to its existing yard on the waterfront.

Quickstep Holdings Limited has reportedly receive funding to produce housings for an F-35 Lightning II countermeasure flare.

A novel quantum material composed of hafnium, tellurium and phosphorus is the first to have multiple quantum properties.

Researchers have used a chemical process discovered decades ago to make the linkages between covalent organic frameworks much sturdier.

Quickstep Holdings Limited has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for future collaboration with Triumph Group.

A new artificial intelligence model can accurately detect different atomic structures in metallic materials with defects.

A new method allows optical fibers to identify the material they are in contact with by using a light beam within the fiber to generate a sound wave.

Gurit says that it plans to sell its PVC production company in Qingdao, China for an undisclosed sales price.

A new consortium has launched a three-year industry research group on composites for sustainable mobility.

Hardmetal company Carpenter Technology says that it plans to add an emerging technology center on site in Athens, Alabamam, USA.

Wall Colmonoy says that it will be running a modern furnace brazing seminar on 16-18 October 2018.

Submit your nomination for the 2019 Nano Today Award.

A novel 3D printing method can produce battery electrodes with a 3D microlattice structure with controlled porosity, enhancing charging rates.

Using a form of Raman microscopy developed for biomedical studies, scientists have explored the mechanism behind dendrite growth in lithium batteries.

According to a new report, the phosphate conversion coatings (PCC) market is expected to reach a market value of over US$ 2,300 million by the end of 2028.

Kordsa says that it is among the top 10 companies in the world with the number of patents issued in industrial textiles as of 2018.

America Makes says that is spearheading a project focused on accelerating of large scale additive manufacturing (AM).

A cobalt-tungsten catalyst starts growing carbon nanotubes with various chiral angles but redirects almost all of them toward one fast-growing variant.

Niobium tungsten oxides with a complex crystalline structure allow lithium ions to move through them at higher rates than typical electrode materials.

Materials association ASM International has upgraded its materials information digital databases.

The MPIF reports that its next powder metallurgy sintering seminar will take place from 25–26 September 2018 in State College, PA, USA.

Composites UK has put in place a three-year strategy to improve safety in plastics and composites manufacturing.

Researchers have developed magnetic elastomeric composites that move in different ways when exposed to light, such as bending, twisting and expanding.

The first experimental realization and structural investigation of 2D vanadium disulphide has revealed a new vanadium sulphide compound.

Solvay has expanded its facility in Greenville, TX, USA to increase the site’s resin mixing capacity.

LPW Technology and Additive Industries plan to work together to develop industrial metal AM for high-end applications such as aerospace.

ASTM’s committee on steel, stainless steel, and related alloys has presented Daniel Janikowski with the A01 Founding Committee Award.

A new material derived from crab shells and tree fibers has the potential to replace the flexible plastic packaging used to keep food fresh.

Researchers have developed a new way for modeling to the atomic level how metallic glasses behave as they fracture.

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