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Materials news, April 2019

Airbond, which is a UK-based fiber splicing company, has reportedly won the Queen’s Award for Innovation for its new splicing technology.

According to the SMMT, British car production declined for the 10th month in a row, down 14.4% in March, with 126,195 units built.

Chemicals giant SABIC says that it received a net profit income of SR 3.41 billion in Q1 of 2019.

Researchers have shown that equations from graph theory can help to reveal a lot about the composition of different materials.

Researchers have developed an organic cathode that dramatically improves the stability and energy density of solid-state sodium-ion batteries.

Hexcel Corporation has reported a sales increase of almost 13% for Q1 2019.

Glass fiber specialist Owens Corning has reported consolidated net sales of US$1.7 billion in first-quarter 2019, a slight decrease of 1% versus 2018.

Wallwork Group says that it plans to showcase a range of heat treatment and ultra-hard coating services at the Made in The Midlands event.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company EOS have published a new whitepaper entitled ‘In-Situ Process Monitoring of Lattice Structures Manufactured by DMLS’.

On taking a closer look at how nonuniform particles self-assemble, engineers were surprised to discover that it happens in multiples phases.

Researchers have shown that a nano-coating of boron nitride can stabilize solid electrolytes in lithium metal batteries.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) reports that it will be exhibiting its nonwovens for composites at SAMPE China, taking place from 6–8 May 2019 in Beijing.

Chem-Trend plans to exhibit a new line of die lubricant polymer technologies for die casting at the GIFA foundry trade fair.

Eutectic lithium salts can replenish the lithium ions that battery cathodes lose over extended use and restore their atomic structures.

Researchers have found that plastic crystals of neopentylglycol could replace the inefficient gases used in most refrigerators and air conditioners.

The organizers of GIFA, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast 2019 say that the metallurgy shows will feature more than 2,100 exhibitors.

According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, the market for long fiber thermoplastics (LFTs) could surpass US$3 billion by 2025.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has elected Carl Dekker, AMUG vice president and president of Met-L-Flo, as AMUG's president.

Researchers have discovered why vanadium disulfide is unstable as a battery cathode material and developed a way to make it more stable.

Researchers have created ink for an inkjet printer from a highly conductive type of two-dimensional material called MXene.

Polymers that conduct electricity to stimulate cells and monitor their natural electrical activity could be useful in medicine

The MPIF says the deadline for POWDERMET2019 early registration is 10 May 2019.

GKN Powder Metallurgy and partners have kickstarted a project focused on developing additive manufacturing (AM) for automotive series production.

Researchers have not only unexpectedly detected polar skyrmions in a material with reversible electrical properties, but also found that they're chiral.

3D printing in geometric designs and material composites for devices with novel optical properties

Arburg Italy says that it plans to hold a seminar covering additive manufacturing in medical technology.

Gurit Italy PET Recycling has signed an agreement to acquire a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling production facility.

AZL has showcased a range of research and development capacities in the field of lightweight production and composites.

Umicore has announced that it now expects its recurring EBIT for the full year 2019 to be in a range of €475 million to €525 million.

The AMUG has presented its President's Award to Elizabeth Goode, owner of Goode Ink, for her years of dedication and service.

Höganäs has published its most recent sustainability report.

Nouryon has announced the 13 finalists for the 2019 edition of its Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge.

Carbohydrates from seaweed are being converted into complex carbon-based structures that can store electrical energy

Confinement of water in lipid nanochannels precludes ice formation

High-quality phosphorene nanoribbons for high-speed electronics

DNA-based Assembly and Synthesis of Hierarchical, materials

Nanostructured fruitfly olfactory sensors

Measuring approach that characterizes materials at much smaller scales

Glass fiber specialist Owens Corning has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the world’s most ethical companies in 2019.

The MPIF says that registration is now open for its annual Basic PM Short Course, taking place in State College, PA, USA, from 12–14 August 2019.

Solvay says that has invested in an advanced materials fund management China-based Longwater Investment.

Dianne Walker, non-executive director of Scott Bader, has won a non-executive director award (NED).

Hardmetal specialist Ceratizit will be showcasing a range of its products at LIGNA 2019.

Machine tooling company Trumpf says that it will be showcasing a range of its 3D printers at the Moulding Expo trade fair.

For the first time, researchers have managed to create an anti-ordered state with liquid crystals, where they avoid aligning along a certain direction.

Researchers have improved the optical properties of the 2D material molybdenum disulphide by removing defects with laser light and water.

Trade organization Composites UK has appointed Ben Wilson as chair for 2019–2021.

Composites UK has released the program for its new Composites 4.0 event held on 4 June in Coventry, UK.

Klas Forsström, president of Sandvik Machining Solutions, has left Sandvik to take on the new position of president and CEO of Munters Group AB.

Sandvik says that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of OSK, a Chinese supplier of solid carbide round tools.

Physicists have designed an evolutionary process that allows a wide range of nanomaterial morphologies to be synthesized from tungsten disulphide.

Scientists have not only visualized the nanoscale structures of borophene lattices, but also built theoretical models of their crystalline forms.

Florence Chemical Industry (FCI) says that it has completed one year of semi-permanent composite release agents manufacture in Brazil.

Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH has acquired 100% of the shares of H.C. Starck Ceramics GmbH.

Dr Thomas Weißgärber has taken over the management of the Dresden branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials.

Artificial atoms in hexagonal boron nitride

ASTM International’s committee on copper and copper alloys has presented its Award of Merit to Horace Pops.

Covestro says it will showcase its range of textiles and fibers at Techtextil, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany from 14 to 17 May 2019.

‘Deep learning’ agents can accurately determine a 2D material's physical characteristics, such as strength, from minimal data on its structure.

Researchers have synthesized tiny, individual, flexible phosphorene nanoribbons from crystals of black phosphorous and lithium ions.

A co-founder of UK additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw has been named as one of Ireland's greatest inventors.

Ashley Totin, a project engineer at America Makes, has been named Young Professional Engineer of the Year 2019 .

Prodrive Composites, which makes parts for the automotive and aerospace industries, will present at sustainable composites conference Ecocomp 2019.

Nanotechnology is becoming more versatile, thanks to methods that build nanostructures within other nanostructures

Sabic has named the new members of its board of directors until April 2022.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw will be showcasing its 3D printing technology at the China International Machine Tool Show (CIMT).

The ASTM has issued a call for papers for its ASTM international symposium on the structural integrity of additive manufactured (AM) materials and parts.

Applying high pressures and temperatures to elements like potassium and sodium produces a new, stable state of matter that is both solid and liquid.

A coating of graphene can stop oxygen escaping from the cathode of a lithium battery, helping to prevent the battery from catching fire.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw took part in a workshop to celebrate International Women’s Day.

GE Additive announced today that it has been selected to provide its 3D printing consultancy services to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI).

Gurit says that its Q1 net sales grew 54.9% to CHF 142.7 million from Q1 2018 figures.

A metal-organic framework made of the DNA base adenine can lock the DNA base thymine within its cavities for chemical reactions.

Researchers have developed a new design method that shows promise in allowing the efficient fabrication of soft robots using a 3D printer.

GKN Additive and GKN Hoeganaes plan to merge to create a new business, GKN Additive Materials.

The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has set up a maritime composites competition open to all Rhode Island composite companies.

Scientists have developed a model for predicting the shape of metal ‘islands’ sandwiched between or below 2D materials such as graphene.

Engineers have shown that 3D printing can be used to create metamaterials with unique microwave or optical properties.

Spirit AeroSystems says that the company plans to maintain its 737 deliveries to Boeing at the current rate of 52 shipsets per month.

America Makes and 3D printing organization the TCT Group have formed a partnership aimed at promoting 3D printing.

By carefully stretching polymers like polyethylene, researchers have been able to produce colorful films with a range of heat-radiating capabilities.

Solvay and Airborne plan to jointly develop automated processing solutions for the industrialization and high volume use of composite materials.

Mathias Hochstrasser has been appointed managing director of Plansee Composite Materials in Lechbruck, Germany.

Powder specialist Miba says that it has supplied a wide range of products for Formula E electric vehicles.

Study of the influence of matrix quality and fibres loading direction on the bending strength of SiO2/SiO2 composite.

Scientists used advanced microscopy to monitor atoms as they rearrange in real-time during the synthesis of intermetallic nanoparticles.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has announced the dates for its 2019 Fall Seminars and Fall Business Conference.

The International Stainless Steel Forum says that its annual conference will be held in Chicago, USA, from 23 and 24 May 2019.

Plastics organization Aimplas has formed a project focused on developing coatings for floors, furniture, paint, composites and ceramics.

A hot-drawing technique for processing plastics can create transparent polythene film that is stronger than aluminium but a fraction of the weight.

An environmentally friendly deep eutectic solvent can extract valuable elements from the metal oxides commonly used as cathodes in lithium-ion batteries.

Gurit reports that Angelo Quabba, current CFO, will leave the company by September 2019.

The SMMT says that engine production in the UK decreased 7% in February, with 235,595 units built.

Researchers have developed a 'hybrid' cathode for lithium-sulfur batteries that combines an intercalation type material with a conversion type material.

Scientists have developed a novel 3D printing process for fabricating flexible conducting fibers on textiles, which can be used to harvest energy.

UK-based chemicals company Victrex says that it has invested in a Dutch 3D printing company.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) says that it has appointed Ralf Carlstrom, Digital Metal AB as its new president.

The organizers of the International Conference on Metals and Alloys (CMA 2019) have issued a call for papers.

International science company Royal DSM says that it has set reduction targets for its greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists have found a way to place catalysts inside the tiniest pores of different host materials, a bit like fitting a model ship inside a bottle.

Scientists have theorized a new ‘oil-and-vinegar’ approach for inducing spherical nanoparticles to self-assemble into unusual architectures.

TenCate Advanced Composites, part of the Toray Group, has change its name to Toray Advanced Composites.

AddLab, a 3D printing innovation center based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will reportedly be scaled up for series production.

Wohlers Report 2019 says that the materials segment of the 3D printing industry saw record growth in 2018.

Evonik says that it has signed an agreement to sell its methacrylates business to private equity firm Advent International for €3 billion.

Engineers have used 4D printing to produce smart materials that can change from stiff to soft in response to temperature changes.

Researchers have developed a wood membrane than can generate an ionic voltage from a small temperature differential.

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