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Materials news, November 2018

Leipzig University has published a new academic study covering the benefits of carbon fiber components for use in the printing and papermaking industries.

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group says that it plans to change company structure from the beginning of 2019.

Seco Tools, a division within Sandvik Machining Solutions, has reached an agreement to acquire Chinese company Kunshan Ousike Precision Tools Co Ltd (OSK).

A new 3D bioprinting technique that works with natural materials can produce lifelike organ tissue models for study or drug screening.

The MPIF has opened registration for MIM2019, the international conference on injection molding of metals, ceramics and carbides.

Chemicals company BASF says that is looking to work with start-up companies globally to develop the digitalization.

By using multicomponent intermetallic nanoparticles, scientists have developed new high-strength alloys that are both strong and flexible.

A novel X-ray analysis technique has revealed the mechanisms behind resistance at the electrode-electrolyte interface in all-solid-state batteries.

Porcher Industries has opened a new manufacturing site in Jiaxing, eastern China.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) says that its next Annual Meeting will take place from 29 April–1 May.

Hardide Coatings has provided a tungsten carbide-based coating for a new oil and gas drilling tool.

A novel biodegradable polymer that incorporates citrate can provide the extra energy that stem cells need to form new bone tissue.

A new class of carbides containing five different metallic elements are predicted to be among the hardest materials with the highest melting points.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) says that it plans to increase capacity by 50% to 2020.

Additive Industries reports that it has officially opened its Process and Application Development Center in Singapore.

New simulations suggest that modifying graphene with oxygen-lined pores will allow it to act as a tunable filter for ions in a liquid.

A novel hydrogel that naturally adheres to soft tissue like cartilage and the meniscus can withstand mechanical stresses and extensive deformation.

Ashland Global Holdings Inc says that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its composites business.

AP&C, a GE Additive company has announced that it will begin production of aluminum alloy F357 powder in Q1 2019.

GKN Powder Metallurgy has formalized its partnership with 3D printer supplier EOS GmbH.

A 3D printing technique can produce intricate structures from a novel, stiff material made from seaweed-derived alginate and graphene oxide.

A macroporous hydrogel made by combining gelatin microgels with an enzyme can allow the passage of cells through it to aid wound healing.

Glass fiber company Owens Corning has reported consolidated net sales of US$1.8 billion in Q3 2018.

GE Additive says that it plans to improve its build preparation workflow with regards to additive manufacturing (AM).

GKN plans to establish a joint venture for aerostructures manufacturing in China.

Physicists have found the first evidence for a 2D material that can become a magnetic topological insulator even when it is not placed in a magnetic field.

A silicon photonic crystal with topological geometry can transmit light round corners with virtually no loss at smaller scales than ever before.

Höganäs says that it has upgraded its mixing station at its facility in Shanghai, China.

JEC Asia attracted more than 230 companies and 7000 professional visits, with 49 countries represented.

Chemicals company BASF has set a target to keep its greenhouse gas emissions flat at the 2018 level until 2030, according to a new report.

Using a specific combination of heating and cooling, researchers have created superalloys that are much more resistant to heat-related failures.

Liquid crystals can template the formation of arrays of polymer nanofibers to produce coatings that are sticky, repellent, insulating or light emitting.

Organic, fire-resistant cladding

Indian metal additive manufacturing (AM) company Intech has ordered a 3D printing system from US company Additive Industries.

The Linde Group reports that its revenue for the nine months to 30 September 2018 fell by 1.7% to €13.050 billion.

The EPMA says that the Euro PM2019 Call for Papers is now available to download on the event website.

The MPIF reports that the 55th Anniversary of the PM Design Excellence Awards will allow the submission of metal additive manufactured (AM) components.

Kordsa has been listed among the 150 best employers in Brazil by the magazine Você S/A.

Scigrip, which makes adhesives, has appointed Sharon Georgoulias as president of IPS Adhesives.

Gurit reports that Peter Pauli has decided to resign from the Board of Directors of Gurit Holding AG.

The cubic feces of the wombat

Could a new exfoliation method offer a practical route to large-scale production of nanosheets?

better understanding of stability of perovskites will aid application in large-area or flexible solar energy systems

By combining epoxy with graphene foam, scientists have produced a stiff, conductive composite material for electronic applications.

Find out the recipients of the 2018 Extreme Mechanics Letters Young Investigator Award.

Bacteria and graphene nanoribbons help generate electricity on a mushroom

Giant Panda's tooth enamel recovers its micro- and nano-structure and geometry to counteract the early stages of damage

Bone-forming and -resorbing cells prefer nanoparticles of specific size, surface charge, and composition

A 3D, cross-linked polymer sponge that attaches to the anode in lithium metal batteries can help prevent the formation of dendrites.

Auto manufacturer Ford has worked with AOC Aliancys to develop hollow dummies for car testings made of high strength composite materials.

Composite component manufacturer Rockwood Composites says that it received a 50% increase in visitors at the Advanced Engineering show.

Air Liquide and Additive Industries have reportedly entered into partnership to develop additive manufacturing (AM).

America Makes has presented Version 2.0 of their Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing to Europe.

Sheikhi and colleagues propose a novel micromanufacturing method to produce injectable microporous GelMA made up of annealable microbeads.

Researchers have used 2D materials to construct metalenses that are one-tenth to one-half the thickness of the wavelengths of light they focus.

Scientists have dramatically improved the response of graphene to light by self-assembling a mesh of polymer nanowires that conduct electricity.

By incorporating a network of elastic additives, chemical engineers have increased the flexibility of a conventional organic photovoltaic material.

Hydrogen ions controlled by an electric voltage can be used to change the magnetic properties of a magnetic layer in a spintronics device.

ELG Carbon Fibre, which specializes in recycled carbon fiber materials, has received ISO 14001:2015 environment management system accreditation.

The US Department of Labor’s has approved its first-ever Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technician Registered Apprenticeship, according to America Makes.

An Australian consortium has been selected by the Australian Government to provide an aircraft system.

New liquid-gated membrane filtration system improves wastewater processing

Scientists have adapted a cryogenic electron microscopy imaging technique to obtain an image of atomic-scale structure in a synthetic polymer.

Nano Today's annual cover competition is open for submissions.

Resilient nano cardboard is a useful material

A new charge-storing system made from porous conducting polymer films on densely-twisted yarns can be easily integrated into clothing.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) says that its Euro PM2018 Congress & Exhibition continued the success of previous events.

America Makes has given its Distinguished Collaborator Award to Richard J Lonardo, principle consultant at Defense and Energy Systems LLC.

Eight ASTM International steel standards have been revised to help address the issue of creep.

Using an x-ray analysis technique, scientists have discovered that the metal-insulator transition in magnetite is a two-step process.

Using a phase-change material, engineers have developed a novel film for the windows in buildings that can reject 70% of the sun's incoming heat.

Plastics organization AIMPLAS says that it will hold a new workshop on plastic additives, fillers and fiber in November.

Composites UK has revealed the winners of its recent industry awards.

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and industry partners plan to reduce cost and lead time for the production of aerospace metallic components.

The EPMA has named the winners of its thesis competion.

The organizers of Compotec have scheduled the next show for 3 to 5 April 2019 in Marina di Carrara, Italy.

Biesterfeld Spezialchemie, a German chemicals company, has introduced a new core material.

A new electron microscopy technique can reveal how nanomaterials change in response to illumination with different wavelengths of light.

Scientists have used a process called ball-milling to help create 3D heterostructures from various 2D transition metal dichalcogenides.

3D printing organization America Makes has formed an MoU with the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Materials specialist Royal DSM has added four additive manufacturing (AM) grades to be used with Digimat-AM simulation software.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has named the individuals who have made a contribution to the PM industry’s development.

A sandwich structure made from aluminum oxide, termed nanocardboard, is stiff, light, thermally insulating and even able to levitate.

Researchers have found that the 2D material known as MXene could be a good candidate for removing urea from blood in portable dialysis devices.

The EPMA has named the winners of its latest powder metallurgy component awards competition.

Molding specialist Arburg's Dutch subsidiary has reportedly celebrated its 25 anniversary.

Materials company Evonik says that it has supplied an adhesion promotor for a hybrid part that helped reduce weight by 20%.

A new metal-organic framework can simultaneously produce hydrogen and clean pollutants from water when irradiated with visible light.

Varying the spacing between twin boundaries can dramatically improve a metal's strength and the extent to which it strengthens when deformed.

Aluminum adjuvant advance

Ultrafast X-ray laser pulses have revealed that the insulator-to-metal transition of vanadium dioxide is more complicated than originally thought.

A novel technique can produce films made from carbon nanotubes and a 2D material called MXene that can block electromagnetic interference.

By adding carbon and nitrogen to manganese, researchers have developed a fuel cell catalyst that is just as effective as platinum but much cheaper.

Moth fur is acoustic camouflage against bat echolation

Scientists have combined silk proteins with carbon nanotubes to produce a composite material for use in flexible electronics and biomedical devices.

Scientists have shown that films of carbon nanotubes can effectively stop dendrites from growing from the anodes in lithium-metal batteries.

A MOF modified with an iron peroxide compound can separate ethylene from ethane while consuming far less energy than existing techniques.

A new machine learning algorithm predicted the properties of more than 100,000 compounds in order to find efficient phosphors for LED lighting.

Researchers have used a mussel-inspired polymer to produce graphene-based liquid crystalline fibers with impressive mechanical and electrical properties.

PostProcess Technologies Inc has formed a strategic partnership to bring automated post-print solutions to Europe.

Kordsa has been named one of Turkey’s most successful companies and given an Industry 4.0 award in the textile category by a business magazine.

Scientists have confirmed that hafnium oxide is ferroelectric at the nanoscale, as a result of pressure-induced changes in its crystal arrangement.

A novel method can measure the magnetic properties of superconducting and magnetic materials at very low temperatures in high magnetic fields.

3D printing institute America Makes has appointed Josh Cramer as its new education and workforce director.

3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing has ordered a MetalFAB1 system from Additive Industries to make large parts for Formula 1.

Hysteron mystery explained in organic ferroelectrics

Set lasers to "cure" for Spot-welding of composites

Memory steel

Scientists have identified a new class of topological materials made by inserting transition metal atoms into the atomic lattice of niobium disulfide.

A novel ceramic-metal composite that can handle high heat and pressure makes an effective material for producing solar power heat exchangers.

Chomarat reports that it has invested in a new pilot production line to develop its next generation of reinforcements.

3D printing company Additive Industries has launched its fifth edition of the Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge.

Heating company Quintus Technologies reports that one of its hot isostatic presses (HIP) has been installed at a Chinese provider of metal AM technology.

3D printing of complex origami assemblages for reconfigurable structures

Nanoparticles comprising a platinum outer shell that surrounds alternating layers of platinum and cobalt atoms make effective fuel cell catalysts.

Composite 3D printer Thermwood has released a vertical layer printing (VLP) option for its LSAM (large scale additive manufacturing) machines.

Glass textiles company BGF Industries, a subsidiary of Porcher Industries, says that it plans to invest US$7 million to relocate its headquarters.

Marc Saunders, director of global solutions centers at 3D printing company Renishaw, will reportedly be presenting at Formnext 2018.

Amann Girrbach says that it will integrate one of 3D Systems’ additive manufacturing (AM) machines into its Ceramill System.

Using nanopillars made from a high-entropy alloy, scientists have been able to study how dislocations organize and interact at the nanoscale.

Researchers have shown that a freestanding porous titanium monoxide nanofiber mat makes an effective cathode material for lithium-sulfur batteries.

3A Composites Core Materials has appointed Eric Gauthier as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

Solvay says that it plans to increase its fluoroelastomer (FKM) production for sealing applications.

GKN Automotive’s Chinese joint venture, Shanghai GKN HUAYU Driveline Systems (SDS), has opened a new Technical Centre in the city’s Kangqiao suburb.

3D printing company EOS has reached an agreement with a metal processing specialist to increase the latter’s metal additive manufacturing (AM) capacity.

From January 2019 Materials and Design will become an open access journal.

An artificial protein made from ordered and disordered segments will form a solid scaffold in response to body heat, and seamlessly integrate into tissue.

Electronic skin that heals itself after damage just like human skin could now be possible, according to new research.

Sandia National Laboratories plans to run a minisymposium covering modeling applications in AM.

Materials company Haydale has been awarded a research and development grant to develop graphene powder composite tooling.

two-dimensional boron – or borophene – accommodates line defects in a unique way

Efficient spintronic interface improves quantum IT

boron arsenide (BAs) has unusually high thermal conductivity, which could help keep the next generation of electronic and optoelectronic devices cooler

Japanese art of paper cutting and folding kirigami transforms flat, two-dimensional cutouts in gold films into three-dimensional nanoscale structures

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