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Materials news, January 2019

Sigma Labs has been awarded a test and evaluation program contract with a global materials and service provider in additive manufacturing (AM).

Sabic has become a founding member of a new non-profit organization aimed at reducing plastic waste in the environment.

NCDMM board member Thomas R Kurfess, has been appointed chief manufacturing officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

A new 3D printing method, which involves lifting complex shapes from a vat of liquid, is up to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing processes.

Research could improve layered materials and predict earthquakes

The EuPC has published the results of its second European survey on the use of recycled plastics materials in Europe’s plastics converting industry.

Aerospace company Spirit AeroSystems has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Boeing.

ASTM is sponsoring the 19th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry.

Researchers have shown that a damage-resistant rechargeable zinc battery with a cartilage-like solid electrolyte makes an effective 'structural battery'.

Incorporating advanced catalysts made from 2D materials into lithium-air batteries allows them to hold up to 10 times more energy.

Scientists have developed and analyzed a novel catalyst that can produce a useful biochemical from plant-derived material.

Man-made materials communicate with different cells to promote process of tissue repair

A flexible crystalline porous material composed of metal ions and small peptide molecules can change its structure in response to its environment.

Sabic says that it is highlighting technologies that help address sustainability challenges as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

Aimplas has begun a project aimed at developing more sustainable processes for the manufacturing, recycling and composting of plastics.

Huntsman is displaying a range of composites products at an exhibition located at the Design Museum of Gent, Belgium.

ASTM International’s committee on steel, stainless steel, and related alloys reports that it is seeking participants for an interlaboratory study.

Molding specialist Arburg has appointed Raffaele Abbruzzetti as manager of the company’s Italian subsidiary in Peschiera Borromeo, Milan.

UK new car registrations fell 6.8% in 2018 to 2.37m units, the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) has reported.

High-energy X-ray beams and a clever experimental setup have allowed researchers to watch the formation of two different cobalt crystals.

Molecules termed traction force-activated payloads can help to produce materials able to talk to the body's natural repair systems to drive healing.

Metyx USA has received ISO 9001:2015 quality management certification.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) says that it is now accepting applications for its 2019 PCI Scholarship Program.

Micro-topographical screening of biomechanically directed tendon cell phenotype.

A new surface plasmon resonance sensor based on the 2D material antimonene can sensitively detect microRNA associated with cancer.

Hexcel is focusing on the benefits of automotive composites at the North American International Automotive Show.

Brazing company Wall Colmonoy Aerobraze has appointed Jim Lockbaum as business development manager.

Arburg's subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has celebrated its ten-year anniversary.

Using a powerful new analytical technique, scientists have uncovered a distinct pattern of electron spins within a cuprate superconductor.

The EPMA, organizers of Euro PM2019, says that the deadline to submit abstracts for the show is 23 January 2019.

The 33th Chinaplas show will reportedly take place from 21–24 May 2019 in Guangzhou, China.

For the first time, researchers have produced a coherent qubit made from graphene and the 2D material hexagonal boron nitride.

Nickel-coated carbon fibres may outperform carbon mesh in composite aircraft

The MPIF says that it has finalized the keynote speech for MIM2019, taking place in Orlando, Florida, USA, from 25–27 February 2019.

Composites supplier Dura Composites has added two new boards to its decking range.

AM company Renishaw says that it is recruiting a record 68 apprentice placements for its sites in Gloucestershire and South Wales, UK.

Gurit says that it has closed the divestment of all shares in the company’s PVC production site in Qingdao, China.

Owens Corning’s board of directors has elected Brian D Chambers to succeed Mike Thaman as CEO.

small doses of gold nanoparticles can be broken down by aquatic plants over a period of months

movement of tiny, simple silicon nanomotors in an electric field can be controlled remotely using light

Yolk@Shell SiOx/C microspheres with semi-graphitic carbon coating on the exterior and interior surfaces for durable lithium storage

Hexcel Corporation says that it has completed its acquisition of ARC Technologies LLC.

UK steel supplier Hillfoot has appointed Peter Morris to the newly-created role of purchasing director.

graphene can covert high frequency gigahertz signals into the terahertz range

mushroom-like gold nanowires on soft, flexible substrates could enable a new generation of wearable or implantable stretchable electronic devices

light-emitting diodes based on perovskites that have surpassed a milestone in efficiency

Researchers have found that a quasicrystalline superlattice can self-assemble from a single type of pyramid-shaped nanoparticle building block.

Using embedded liquid crystals, scientists have created a shape-shifting polymer material that can morph from one sophisticated form to another.

Hexion has reported net sales of US$952 million, a 4% increase versus prior year.

Hexcel Corporation has appointed Colleen Pritchett as president of Aerospace, Americas.

Stewart Lane, corporate manager at AM company Renishaw, has been selected as chairman of CECIMO's new AM committee.

A composite made of lignin, nylon and carbon fiber possesses just the right mix of viscosity when hot and strength when cool for 3D printing.

Disordered magnesium chromium oxide crystals just 5nm in size can make an effective cathode material for magnesium batteries.

Heat treatment specialist Bodycote has officially opened its new facility in Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK.

The Swedish Energy Agency has reportedly awarded a four-year research project to powder metal specialist Höganäs AB.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) has reported a 14.2% decline in UK engine production in November 2018.

Kordsa has published its fourth sustainability report covering the company’s economic, social and environmental performance.

Sicomin says that it plans to showcase a range of its epoxy systems at JEC World 2019, taking place from 11–14 March 2019 in Paris, France.

Charles Ross has promoted its vice president of corporate operations.

Cortec says that its water-based coating is suitable for a number of applications, including machinery, vehicles, piping and structural steel.

Pristine graphene formed into geometric shapes such as narrow ribbons connected to wide-open regions can efficiently convert light into electricity.

Researchers have found that the density of intentionally introduced point defects in graphene electrodes is directly proportional to their sensitivity.

Gurit has reevaluated its operating profit potential for fiscal year 2018.

The EPMA has launched EuroFM, a sectoral group covering functional materials.

A new combinatorial library tool can rapidly test millions (even billions) of nanoparticles to determine which is best for a specific application.

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