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Materials news, June 2019

Focus on lightweight composites

The Composites Europe show will feature a special forum covering lightweight construction in auto, aviation and machinery, the organizers say.

AMUT Group supplies membrane lines

Italy-based AMUT Group says that it has supplied two extrusion lines producing waterproofing membranes to China.

The organizers of non-destructive testing (NDT) show Materials Testing 2019, says that the event will feature over 70 exhibitors.

Kyocera says that it will exhibit its full range of ceramic products at the Ceramics UK show, taking place from 10-11 July in Telford, UK.

A novel polymer/carbon composite matrix with lithium microparticles could enhance the capacity and safety of lithium-metal batteries.

Strontium titanate has a ‘hidden’ phase that gives the material new ferroelectric properties when it is activated by extremely fast pulses of light.

XG Sciences has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to research graphene filled composites for the Chinese market.

JEC has reported the winners of its Innovation Awards at its Forum Chicago 2019 business event which took place recently.

Lanthanum strontium manganite can retain its magnetic properties in atomic layers if it is ‘sandwiched’ between layers of a different ceramic oxide.

Biomimicry of polar bear hairs offers synthetic heat insulating material

The MPIF reports that William (Bill) Edwards, PMT, has joined the federation as director of technical and member services.

The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) says that it will be supporting Composites in Motorsport.

Engineers have uncovered how the structure of the mantis shrimp's tail appendage allows it to deliver and receive powerful blows without damage.

Biologically inspired fabrics represent a novel class of materials with uniquely engineereable properties.

The CCAI and the IHEA have joined forces to provide a one and half day seminar covering powder coating and curing.

The US National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) has opened a new office in Alabama.

The first International Conference covering cellulose fibers, organized by nova-Institute, will take place from 11–12 February 2020 in Cologne, Germany.

Spherical encapsulation for bigger semiconductor sample testing

Antennas made from carbon nanotube films are just as efficient as copper for wireless applications, while also being tougher and more flexible.

A novel platform for altering the properties of a 2D material by putting it under strain could provide the basis for a new kind of nanoscale transistor.

Using a box built from layers of 2D material, researchers have created a tiny optical resonator in which light and matter become one.

A group of companies plan to open a joint research laboratory to develop thermal spray surface treatments for aerospace applications.

Additive Industries has appointed Stéphane Escalier as business development manager in France.

Gurit has appointed Philippe Wirth as its Chief Financial Officer and member of the executive committee.

AIMPLAS, has joined the DECOAT project, which focuses on recycling coated and painted textiles and plastic materials which are not currently recyclable.

3D printing company Oerlikon AM and MT Aerospace are partnering to help develop the use of AM parts in the aerospace and defense industries.

UK nanomaterials company Graphene Composites says that it has won the UK Space Agency sponsored Space Tech Entrepreneur’s Program for the Northwest.

nanobelts of the transition metal NbAs show high mobility even when the carrier density is also high

By developing a process for fabricating oxide perovskite crystals in free-standing layers, researchers have produced a new class of 2D material.

Fire up the triboelectric generators with laser-induced graphene

Personal experience of the limitations of conventional dressings stimulated a researcher to develop a better solution

Scientists have discovered why adding cesium and rubidium to halide perovskite solar cells gives them more uniform characteristics.

Professionals are most commonly using 3D printing technology for prototyping, according to data analysed by mobile phone specialists Case24.com.

Printing company HP Inc has opened a new 150,000 square foot 3D printing center in Barcelona, Spain.

Spirit AeroSystems says that it will be participating in Airbus’s Wing of Tomorrow program.

Ultraviolet LEDs for lepidoptery

Inspired by polar bear hairs, scientists have created an elastic, lightweight heat-insulating material made from hollow carbon tubes.

Glass fiber specialist Owens Corning says that it has introduced its Foamglas cellular glass to the North American market.

3D printing company Renishaw says that it made two presentations at the recent Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference.

Hardmetal and tooling specialist Sandvik highlighted the company’s digital activities during an event at its headquarters in May 2019.

Vehicle armor based on composite metal foam can stop ball and armor-piercing .50 caliber rounds just as well as much heavier steel armor.

A new method for discovering materials using data analytics and electron microscopy has found a novel class of extremely hard alloys.

Bioengineers have developed injectable hydrogels with bioactive molecules anchored to the chemical crosslinkers that give the gels structure.

AM company 3D Systems says that two racing car companies have made use of the company’s plastic and metal 3D printing.

3D printing company EOS is running a webinar on 26 June 2019 covering how to gain production qualification for additive manufacturing (AM).

Hexcel says that it will showcase a range of its composite materials at this year's Paris Air Show, taking place from 17-23 June 2019.

Bindatex, which offers composite slitting services, is reportedly celebrating 10 years of partnership with a global composites reinforcement manufacturer.

Toray Industries says that it plans to showcase a range of its composite materials at the Paris Air Show, taking place from 17-23 June 2019.

The strain created by growing 2D crystals over 3D objects can be used to tailor the crystals' optoelectronic properties.

Chemists have found a way to improve the speed and durability of smart glass by providing a better understanding of how the glass works at the nanoscale.

Sumika Polymer Compounds Europe, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical, says that it has agreed to acquire Turkish company Emaş.

Hardide Coatings, which makes tungsten carbide metal matrix coatings, announces that it has been awarded Nadcap Merit status for its coatings.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has set the date for its range of events taking place from 17–20 February 2020 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Synchrotron studies have provided the first macro view of what happens inside a battery electrode that leads to the failure of lithium-ion batteries.

A previously undiscovered interaction between two thin magnetic layers separated by a non-magnetic layer could lead to better data storage.

ASTM has presented its top annual award to Annemarie Appleton, president of Alloy Stainless Products in the US.

Spanish plastics technology organization AIMPLAS is participating in a project to improve microwave curing of large sandwich-structured parts for aircraft.

3D printing company Renishaw has won the Larger Business Award at the third annual Indian Awards, presented at the UK's Houses of Parliament.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland says that it is researching chemical recycling of plastics based on pyrolysis.

Lowering the power of OLEDs

By understanding the precise sequence of charged monomers, researchers can predict the behavior of disordered strands of proteins and polymers.

Additive manufacturing (AM) organization America Makes has released the agenda for its TRX+ technical review and exchange event.

Chem-Trend, which makes release agents and other molding products, is expanding the availability of its DilutionIQ System to more markets.

Evonik and Evolve Additive Solutions Inc plan to adapt Evonik’s thermoplastic materials for use in Evolve's 3D printing systems.

A new sulfur-based cathode material for lithium batteries is more energy-dense and environmentally friendly than traditional cathode materials.

Michael Preuss, professor of metallurgy at the University of Manchester, UK, has been awarded the William J Kroll Medal.

The University of Leeds has appointed Professor Edmund Linfield as its first director of the Bragg Centre for Materials Research.

European nonwovens association EDANA has released figures for the European market in 2018.

By incorporating liquid metal droplets into an elastomer, researchers have created a highly stretchable, soft, multi-functional composite.

The electronic properties of the 2D semiconductor tungsten disulfide can be dramatically changed by doping it with carbon-hydrogen molecules.

ACMA has set the date for its Composites Executive Forum, which takes place from 9–11 June 2019 in Annapolis, MD, USA.

Composites UK has celebrated its 30 years old anniversary.

Höganäs Group and H.C. Starck Surface Technology & Ceramic Powders (STC) say that they are now under the same market brand of Höganäs.

Hypertherm, which makes industrial cutting systems and software, has published its 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

Engineers have developed a high-throughput computational method to design new hybrid organic-inorganic materials for solar cells and LEDs.

A new clean, green technique uses high-frequency sound waves to produce customized metal-organic frameworks in minutes.

SAMPE says that its first annual event in May brought together 252 exhibiting companies and 3,316 attendees.

Nouryon has completed a €20 million project at Sundsvall, Sweden to increase production of its Expancel expandable microspheres.

Sigma Labs and Materialise NV have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to research the integration of the companies’ technologies.

Neutron scattering experiments on iron selenide have revealed that its electronic behavior is very similar to other iron-based superconductors.

3D printing company Sintavia, has opened its 55,000 ft2 additive manufacturing (AM) facility in Hollywood, Florida, USA.

Scientists have discovered that the elasticity of gels arises from the packing of clusters of particles, dubbed locally glassy clusters, in the gels.

Researchers have developed a liquid mold from droplets that they can manipulate with magnets for creating lenses in various shapes and sizes.

VAC-U-MAX, which supplies vacuum cleaning technology for powder providers, has celebrated 65 years of business.

Arburg received the People’s Choice award at the Rapid + TCT trade fair for additive manufacturing (AM) which took place last month in the US.

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) has elected its 2019-2020 global officers.

The program for the next International Composites Conference (ICC) 2019 is now available, according to Composites Europe.

Materials Today Chemistry - Special Issue: Functional Interfaces based Nanomaterials for Applications in Environment and Chemistry

Scientists have found that, in solutions of linear and ring polymers, the linear molecules thread themselves through the ring molecules when stressed.

Nanocubes coated with single-stranded DNA chains assemble into an unusual ‘zigzag’ arrangement that has never been observed before.

Kordsa has opened a new polyester yarn production line at its facility İzmit in Turkey to meet increasing demand in the field.

3D printer manufacturer Desktop Metal and Indo-MIM have formed a partnership to improve additive manufacturing (AM).

3D printing company ExOne and Sandvik Additive Manufacturing have formed a partnership to improve binder jetting additive manufacturing (AM).

Chemicals company Nouryon has announced a new organizational model as part of its strategy to improve growth and performance.

The gas separation ability of metal-organic frameworks can be greatly improved by using rapid heat treatment to make their lattice structure rigid.

By permanently stressing graphene with a novel laser technique, researchers have been able to provide it with the largest ever band gap.

A novel two-step, ultra-clean process for fabricating a 2D transistor separates the ‘messy’ fabrication steps from the 2D semiconductor layer.

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