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Materials news, July 2019

The 6th Nano Today Conference in Lisbon, Portugal

EOS will be running a seminar entitled ‘How AM complements conventional plastic production’, taking place on 6 August at 8pm CEST.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Sintavia has acquired QC Laboratories, a non-destructive testing (NDT) services company.

The University of Sheffield has reportedly acquired an office-friendly metal 3D printer from the US.

Ant-sized piezoelectric robots

A novel algorithm considers all possible combinations of elements in the periodic table in order to predict novel hard and tough materials.

Royal DSM has announced the I AM Tomorrow Challenge.

The organizers of the ceramitec conference say that the event will focus on new industrial applications and additive manufacturing (AM).

ProTec Polymer Processing GmbH says that it plans to present two new products at K 2019, taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 16–24 October 2019.

Aerogel helps to heat the house as renewable energy

Researchers have shown that coating zinc oxide nanowires with amorphous titania can enhance their ability to catalyze the water-splitting reaction.

CNTs produce sticky tape for extreme environments

Scientists have discovered a previously unseen mode of a ferromagnetic property known as giant magneto-resistance in a 2D heterostructure.

Artificial proteins can self-assemble on a crystal surface by matching the pattern of amino acids in the protein with the atoms of the crystal.

New light materials for 3D printing

Using a novel etching process, researchers have been able to fabricate fins on a novel semiconducting material, thereby enhancing its surface area.

The MPIF has reported that Ian White, former president of Hoeganaes Corporation, died recently.

Australian metal 3D printing developer Aurora Labs Ltd has appointed a chief operating officer (COO).

Chemicals company Nouryon has acquired Zhejiang Friend Chemical Co, reportedly the largest Chinese producer of triethyl aluminum (TEAL).

Selective-area epitaxy helps nanowires into 2D for more complex devices

X-ray analysis of sintering bioactive glass particles reveals process and opens door tailored scaffolds for bone repair

Automated materials knowledge extraction

The MPIF says that the program for the Powder Metallurgy and Additive Manufacturing of Titanium (PMTi2019) conference is now available.

Sandvik reports that it has acquired a large stake in Beam IT, an Italian additive manufacturing (AM) specialist.

Hexagon Composites has formed the H2Bus Consortium, which focuses on deploying 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses in European cities.

Lab Innovations, taking place in Birmingham, UK from 30–31 October, will focus on sustainability and digitisation of the lab, according to its organizers.

Kordsa has acquired US-based Axiom Materials, which makes composite materials for aerospace applications.

Sandvik has reported an order decline in its interim Q2 2019 report.

Australian metal 3D printing developer Aurora Labs Ltd has formed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Swedish industrial company, Gränges AB.

Researchers have confirmed that magnetic fluctuations can act as an electron ‘pairing glue’ in iron-based superconductors.

Chemicals company Lanxess has commissioned a new blow-molding system at its technical center in Dormagen, Germany.

GEV Win Powder, which offers wind turbine maintenance, has reportedly established its US headquarters in Rhode Island, US.

GKN Powder Metallurgy has opened a new customer center in Bonn, Germany, following its inauguration of centers in China and North America.

The MPIF has issued a call for presentations for the MIM2020 International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides.

Researchers have discovered a phenomenon that allows block copolymers to self-assemble in patterns that deviate from regular symmetrical arrays.

Researchers have uncovered the first example of a native metal with bistable and electrically switchable spontaneous polarization states.

Composite manufacturer BFG Africa has reportedly opened a facility in Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa.

JEC says that for the first time its Asia show, taking place in Seoul, South Korea will be co-located with the eMove360° ASIA exhibition.

Carbon fiber company Hexcel has reported a Q2 increase in sales of 11.2% to US$609 million.

Researchers have shown that a text-mining algorithm with no training in materials science can accurately predict novel thermoelectric materials.

new proactive risk governance system can keep pace with development and should lead to safer nanomaterials, products, and processes

Ceratizit Group has reportedly extended its agreement with Grasche USA, which makes custom saw bodies.

DSM plans to showcase a range of its products at K2019, taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany, between 16 and 23 October 2019.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has launched a website for technical nonwovens.

Using x-ray spectroscopy, researchers have produced a ‘movie’ of thin film growth that depicts the process more accurately than ever before.

A new method for getting high-energy photons striking silicon to kick out two electrons instead of one could produce more efficient solar cells.

By letting through over 95% of incoming sunlight while being highly insulating, a novel silica aerogel can heat up to a temperature of 220°C.

By energizing precursor molecules using a supersonic jet of inert gas, researchers have been able to accelerate the fabrication of nanomaterials.

UK automotive productivity is up 208% since 1999, according to data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Solvay plans to launch a new high temperature polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer at the K 2019 plastics show.

Additive Industries says that it has extended the deadline to complete two additive manufacturing joint innovation projects.

America Makes has opened a new center at the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), Wichita State University, Kansas.

A new membrane made from water-wet materials with gas-entrapping pores can perform a type of desalination known as membrane distillation.

Leaves provided the template for hierarchical porous structures of mixed-metal oxides that act as supports for metal-organic framework crystals.

US-based company Carbon has partnered with polymer company Covestro to scale up its 3D printing production technology.

3D Systems has been commissioned by the US Army to create what they say will be the ‘world’s largest, fastest, and most precise metal 3D printer’.

By utilizing theory and experiment, researchers have managed to improve the performance of liquefied gas electrolytes with lithium-metal anodes.

Direct growth technique could produce low-cost, high-efficiency graphene-on-silicon Schottky junction solar cells.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw has opened a new facility in Nuevo León, Mexico.

Porcher Sport, the sports and leisure division of Porcher Industries plans to launch new products at the at Outdoor by ISPO 2019 show.

Researchers have used X-ray tomography to visualize how cracks form near the edges of the interfaces between materials in solid-state batteries.

Gold heterostructures could potentially be used to demonstrate the existence and nature of quantum particles known as Majorana fermions.

Royal DSM and Evonik have opened a US$200 million facility to make omega-3 fatty acids from natural marine algae for sustainable salmon farming.

Composites Europe, taking place from 10-12 September in Stuttgart, Germany, will focus on automation in materials processing, according to the organizers.

Registration is now open for the IHEA seminars covering combustion, safety standards and codes, and process heating.

Researchers have developed a novel ink for 3D printing, based on a nanocellulose gel, that can mimic the unique ‘ultrastructure’ of wood.

Scientists have used a novel bismuth-based, 2D superconductor to experimentally confirm a 23-year-old theory of superconductors.

APMI International has named its Fellows for 2019.

Hexcel, Arkema and partners have reportedly received a €6 million investment to improve unidirectional UD tape design.

Researchers have determined the mechanism that allows a 2D perovskite crystal to emit green light, and also how to replicate it.

Researchers have demonstrated previously unknown quantum states of matter that arise in double-layer stacks of graphene.

H C Starck has reported an increase in adjusted annual sales for the group by 23% to €581.7 million.

Höganäs says that it plans to expand its operations in Johnstown, PA, USA,

Composites UK has added an award for Start-Up Business of the Year to be presented at the Industry Awards dinner.

Gurit says it has successfully closed its acquisition of Valplastic Srl’s PET recycling production facilities, based in in Italy.

Previous assumptions regarding polymer behavior are challenged by new laboratory techniques that measure polymer flow at the molecular level.

new insight into hematite nanorods could help future development of photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting

CompositesUK says that it is now accepting abstracts for its Additive Manufacturing for Composites conference.

Element Materials Technology says that it has expanded testing services to develop Internet of Things (IoT) standardization.

OCSiAl, which makes graphene nanotubes, has been added to a list of startup companies valued at US$1 billion or more.

Powder compaction and heat treatment company Gasbarre Industrial Furnace Systems has appointed Tom Spicer as a field service technician.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation's (MPIF) has announced the recipients of the 2019 MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy (PM) award.

Researchers have developed a model to explain the disparity in performance between the p-type and n-type forms of thermoelectric materials.

simple process to make hexaferrites particles with high coercivity could prove useful for magnetic storage media and microwave absorbers

Gurit’s kitting business unit has reportedly signed a two-year supply contract with a large wind turbine OEMs.

Diab says that it has teamed up with a Spanish building company to develop a sandwich lightweight panel for building façades.

By taking advantage of defects, scientists have created new inorganic crystals made of stacks of atomically thin sheets that unexpectedly spiral.

A new NMR technique is able to determine the atomic-scale location and distribution of functional groups on mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

Turkish joint venture company TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI) has acquired four new 3D printing machines from GE Additive.

The Plansee Group has reportedly achieved sales revenue of €1.52 billion in 2018, a 17% year-over-year increase over 2017’s figures of €1.3 billion.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions plans to showcase its automated fiber placement (AFP) technology at the SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition.

Researchers have developed 3D-printed mesh materials whose flexibility and toughness can be tuned to emulate and support softer bodily tissues.

polymer nanocomposites functionalised with nanocrystals control fresh produce deterioration

GE Additive says that Toulouse, France-based FusiA Aeroadditive will invest in its first GE Additive Concept M2 multilaser system.

3D printing consultants Wohlers Associates has organized two courses covering design for additive manufacturing (DfAM).

flexible capacitors made from layers of polyester coated with graphene and hexagonal boron nitride inks could form basis of washable wearable electronics

flash infrared annealing (FIRA) could hold the key to low-cost environmentally friendly perovskite solar cells

Placing a topological insulator on a thin superconducting film has revealed a novel form of electron tunneling known as Klein tunneling.

GE Aviation has purchased 17 Arcam A2X systems and 10 Arcam Spectra H systems, which use electron beam melting (EBM) technology to 3D print parts.

ELG Carbon Fibre and British sailing team INEOS Team UK have joined forces to provide sustainable materials and practices for the AC75 boat.

A new, advanced manufacturing process can produce nano-structured rods and tubes directly from high-performance aluminum alloy powder.

ion trap based on the nanofibrous structure of cellulose converts low-grade heat into useful electricity

set of basic design rules maps out the synthesis of interfaces in nanoparticles made from multiple elemental components

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has launched a project focusing on the development of materials for energy, telecommunications, medicine and IT.

Additive Industries says that it has supplied its fourth four-laser MetalFAB1 3D printer to the F1 team of Alfa Romeo Racing.

Chemicals company Lanxess says that its Urethane Systems business unit began production of prepolymers at its site in Porto Feliz, Brazil.

Precision analysis with laser light reveals the secrets of transporting drugs across membranes

Scientists have discovered that the 2D material platinum diselenide is magnetic, due to irregularities in the arrangement of its atoms.

Using high-throughput computational materials science, scientists have developed a chemical map to guide the exploratory synthesis of nitrides.

lithographic patterning of graphene down to 10 nm engineers the band gap

Hexcel has opened a joint venture laboratory and aerospace materials testing facility in Shanghai, China.

The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub says that its 2018/2019 Annual Report has been released.

GKN says that its transmission park range sensor control bracket has earned an MPIF Award of Distinction.

Wohlers Report 2019 says that companies with both metal and polymer AM services have reported that more than 26% of a part’s cost is from post-processing.

Royal DSM has launched a new direct-to-metal (DTM) waterborne coating resin.

British car production in May 2019 fell by 15.5%, according the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Magnetic shape-memory material with potential applications in biomedicine, aerospace, wearable electronics and robotics

New process for fabricating oxide perovskite crystals

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