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Materials news, March 2019

Yeast makes green nanofibers from paper paste

By exciting ‘frustrated’ crystalline materials with laser light, a team of researchers has managed to transform them into a stable ‘supercrystal’.

A new microfluidic system for synthesizing perovskite quantum dots reduces manufacturing costs and can be tuned on demand to any color.

Tooling specialist Ceratizit suggests that in future milling spindles will be used to produce a dynamic angle to the workpiece.

Tech Soft 3D, which makes software development toolkits (SDKs) for 3D printing, has released a new version of its HOOPS Communicator kit.

Sensitive, see-through electronic skin for underwater touch screen

Scientists have identified the causes of degradation in a nickel-rich layered cathode material in lithium-ion batteries, as well as possible remedies.

Umicore has reported revenues of €3.3 billion in 2018, an increase of 17% from the previous year.

Sigma Labs has been named a member of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) located in Coventry, UK.

Hexagon Composites says that it has successful completed a NOK 1.6 billion financing package with the aim to promote further organic growth.

Thermoplastic specialist Sabic says that it has recently become a member of CompositesNL.

Scientists have discovered the islands that form a new layer in a crystalline material tend to form in a pattern similar to the preceding layer.

Hydrogen from seawater without decay or delay

Additive manufacturing company 3D Systems has appointed Malissia Clinton to its board of directors.

Additive Industries plans to showcase its MetalFAB1 3D printing system at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference.

A metal-organic framework proved better at soaking up the pollutant PFOS from contaminated water when it contained additional nanometer-sized holes.

Three Sandia National Laboratories researchers were honored at the BEYA (Black Engineer of the Year) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference.

UK additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw will be hosting a technical seminar on 5 June 2019, focused on ‘machining the perfect part'.

Plastics industry consultancy AMI has organized a new event focusing on the polymer foam market.

A novel type of polymer can alter its thermal conductivity by switching between a crystalline state and a liquid state in response to light.

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) says that it can fund marine and composites companies training their current workforce.

Strength of metallic alloys that improves at cryogenic temperatures

A polymer composite containing graphene and nanoparticles can produce a more stable solid-electrolyte interphase in lithium metal batteries.

Sandwiching a layer of graphene between two layers of 2D boron nitride can produce superlattices that confer novel electrical properties.

Scientists have used a new technique called ultrafast surface X-ray scattering to visualize the motion of atoms in a 2D material.

The organizers of Asiamold says that it had a 37% increase in visitors this year.

Hardmetals tooling specialist Sandvik has reported revenues of SEK 100,072 million, compared to SEK 90,827 million for the 2017 financial year.

A new event, entitled Composites in Motorsport will take place 22-23 October 2019 in Oxford, UK.

underbelly of lobsters could hold clue to developing a tough, strong and flexible material for body armor and other applications

ultrafast X-ray imaging gives an insight into exactly what is happening during additive manufacturing of metal structures

Improved metal cutting for defense, vehicles and health products

Acoustic metamaterial structure blocks 94% of sound

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has become a partner of the Skills Strategy in Additive Manufacturing Project (SAM).

Wall Colmonoy plans to exhibit for the first time at aerospace show MRO Americas, taking place from 9-11 April in Atlanta, GA, USA.

Composites One plans to host a new two-day workshop on 20-21 March at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

UK-based adhesives specialist Intertronics has opened a new facility in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

Researchers have discovered that a high-strength polymer called PBDT has a rare double-helix structure.

Simulations of how surface roughness changes over time have revealed that surfaces are worn down by the action of debris particles between them.

Hexagon Purus has been nominated by Audi AG to supply high-pressure tanks.

Professor Murray Leslie Scott is the 2019 winner of the biennial Lawrence Hargrave Award given out by the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Australian division.

By combining graphene with nano-ribbons of gold, researchers have developed an ultrasensitive biosensor for detecting disease-causing proteins.

Silencing MRI machines, jet airplanes and loudspeakers

The MPIF has issued a call for presentations for PMTi2019, taking place from 24-27 September 2019 at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA.

Teijin has agreed to acquire Renegade Materials Corporation, a North American supplier of heat-resistant thermoset prepregs for the aerospace industry.

MIM2019 reportedly attracted over 150 attendees representing 95 companies and 15 countries.

Hexagon, which makes composite tanks, has launched Hexagon Purus, a division for the company’s hydrogen activities and CNG light-duty vehicle activities.

The twist angle between layers of 2D semiconductors provides a ‘tuning knob’ to turn them into an exotic quantum material.

Physicists have discovered that placing 2D semiconductors on top of each other and twisting them causes the emergence of novel hybrid properties.

The MPIF says that it is running a tutorial covering metal additive manufacturing (AM) during the AMPM2019 show.

A new nanocrystalline tungsten-tantalum-vanadium-chromium alloy can withstand unprecedented amounts of radiation without fracturing.

Aerospace composites company Spirit AeroSystems has become a member of the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).

Höganäs says that its Brazil facility has been certified to the ISO 45001 health and safety standard.

GKN Additive has reportedly opened the its first customer center in Danyang, China.

By combining supercomputing with experimental methods, researchers have been able to identify promising materials for dye-sensitized solar cells

Researchers used machine learning to simulate the quantum mechanics analysis of two capacitor materials, greatly speeding up the process.

Novel simulations show that atom-sized steps on a substrate have the remarkable ability to keep monolayer crystal islands in alignment as they grow.

The energy storage capacity of electrodes made from the 2D material MXene can be doubled by adding an appropriate solvent to the electrolyte.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has released a new video focusing on the durability and weatherability of powder coating when compared to liquid paint.

GKN Sinter Metals says that it plans to invest in a new facility in Guanajuato, Mexico.

SGL says that it will showcase a range of its products at the Hannover Messe trade show.

Scientists have used directed evolution to enhance the optical properties of complexes of DNA wrapped around carbon nanotubes.

Hardmetals company the Ceratizit Group says that it has acquired 50% of shares in Stadler Metalle GmbH & Co KG.

Researchers have shown that excitons can be trapped in the moiré pattern created by twisting a pair of 2D semiconductors.

Researchers have developed a blueprint for understanding and predicting the properties and behavior of nanoparticles containing multiple elements.

Hardmetal specialist the Ceratizit Group says that it will be exhibiting its range of tools at INDUSTRIE Lyon.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has hired Bruno Vicenzi as its new technical manager, replacing Dr Olivier Coube.

JEC has published the names of the 30 finalists of its JEC Innovation Awards.

SABIC says that it has been recognized as one of the world’s most valuable brands in the chemicals industry.

Researchers have identified how and when gas pockets form in metal products created by a type of 3D printing called Laser Power Bed Fusion.

Researchers have developed a novel fiber comprising a gallium metal core surrounded by an elastic polymer sheath that is both strong and tough.

Study of the effect of cutting process on the microstructure of different SiC-based constituents found in SiC/SiC ceramic matrix composites.

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