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Materials news, August 2019

Weyl semimetals could be used to fabricate new photonic devices

Uranium ditelluride is an unusual superconductor at low temperatures, with properties that could make it highly useful for quantum computing.

Volume 95 - 'Biomaterials for Cell Manufacturing and Tissue Biofabrication' has been made free to download for 3 months as of September 1st.

Scientists have come up with a novel protocol for enhancing hexagonal-boron nitride, which is notoriously difficult to modify, with carbon chains.

A novel aluminum-based coating for the anode of a lithium-metal battery can both reduce the growth of dendrites and extend the battery's life.

Engineers have developed the thinnest optical waveguide in the world, comprising a tungsten disulfide monolayer suspended on a silicon frame.

Covestro's Platilon thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films have been certified with Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX.

Advanced Engineering has announced some of the guest speakers that will be presenting at the show.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has announced its 2019 Membership Award winners.

GRP Solutions says that it is now UK and Ireland distributor for a range of spray adhesives manufactured by Quin Global.

Gurit says that it has won three core materials supply contracts for two wind OEMs.

Hardmetal company Sandvik Coromant plans to exhibit a range of its machining products at metalworking event EMO 2019.

3D Systems has appointed that Todd A Booth as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

GKN Automotive employee Melissa Chigubu has won the 2019 Top 50 Women in Engineering award for current and former apprentices.

Researchers have found a way to use 3D printing to stretch and flatten twisted conjugated polymers so that they conduct electricity better.

Scientists have developed a novel solution-based method for synthesizing atomically flat oxidized borophene sheets.

Researchers have found a novel mechanism by which some metallic materials can bend, which involves amorphous bands rather than dislocations.

Researchers have developed a new class of detergent-like ionic liquid electrolytes that can store energy more efficiently in supercapacitors.

A thin film of polymer microspheres that reflects light in intriguing ways could be used to make road signs that shine brightly and change color at night.

Composites UK has launched the program for its first Confidence in Composites event, taking place on 15 and 16 October in Oxford, UK.

Software provider MineHub has formed a partnership with risk management company Amphora to help streamline mining and metals trading operations.

Scientists have created a 2D form of gold that is just two atoms thick, which has a catalytic activity 10 times greater than gold nanoparticles.

By utilizing the quantum confinement effect, scientists have been able to produce perovskite-based LEDs with record-breaking brightness.

Aerospace manufacturer GKN Fokker is reportedly celebrating its centenary.

DOMO Chemicals and Solvay have signed an agreement for DOMO to acquire Solvay’s performance polyamides business in Europe for €300 million.

Chemicals company Nouryon has invested in its metal alkyls plant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands to improve efficiency and increase capacity.

Björn Rosengren, president and CEO of Sandvik, reportedly plans to resign and leave the company as of 1 February 2020.

A new system comprising a polymer/aluminum film in a solar 'shelter' can help cool buildings in crowded cities without consuming electricity.

Researchers have discovered that the electrical properties of quantum materials known as Weyl semimetals can be controlled with light.

Researchers have found a way to forecast likely points of failure in 2D disordered lattices without needing to study detailed states of the material.

BASF says that it is exhibiting for the first time its products at the Foam Expo Europe, taking place from 10 to 12 September in Stuttgart, Germany.

Ceramics specialist Kyocera plans to demonstrate a range of cutting tools at metalworking event EMO 2019.

Technology company TRUMPF has reported an increase in 2018 sales of 6%, from €3.6 to €3.8 billion.

Biocomposite packs a punch for mantis shrimp

Using the first-principle phase field method, researchers have been able to rapidly and accurately predict the microstructure of nickel-aluminum alloys.

In the presence of a moiré pattern, electrons in graphene organize themselves into stripes, providing a link with superconductors.

Multi-centre analysis pinpoints source of radiactive material leak

Vision Engineering has developed a new microscope which it says is the first ultra-high definition digital stereoscopic product with a 3D view.

The committee of the Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy Conference (AMPM2020) has issued a call for papers.

Somerset Community College (SCC), based in Kentucky, USA, says that has become the first public community college in the state to cover metal AM.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has appointed Scott Balogh, president and CEO of Mar-Bal Inc as its new chair.

AGM Container Controls has announced its acquisition of Duralar Technologies, a specialist in ultra-hard metal coatings and coating systems.

Gurit says that it had bet sales of CHF 284.7 million for the first six months of 2019, an increase of 45.8% compared to the same period in 2018.

Sulfonated, charged multiblock thermoplastic elastomers as self-sterilizing materials.

Using a helium-ion microscope, researchers have created the world's densest nano arrays for anchoring magnetic fluxons in superconductors.

Dick Holland, VP of business development at Composites One, has received ACMA’s Hall of Fame Award.

America Makes has appointed Dr Diana Natalicio, former president of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) as an America Makes 3D printing ambassador.

Additive Industries and its partner Apworks say that they plan to focus on certification and series production in the additive manufacturing (AM) process.

Only about five phases have been discovered in the simplest block copolymers, but researchers have now found a new one.

Computing enthalpy and entropy for silver materials

Cobra International has released its latest sustainability development report.

Carpenter says that its net sales for Q4 2019 were US$641.4 million, compared with US$618.0 mil-lion in Q4 2018, an increase of US$23.4 million.

3D Systems and industrial automation company GF Machining Solutions have extended their AM partnership in the Greater China region.

Prodrive Composites, which makes lightweight composite components, says that it has upgraded its facility in Milton Keynes, UK.

Treating perovskite solar cells with benzylamine to remove defects actually results in the formation of 2D material on the surface of the 3D crystal.

Scientists have shown that thin films of rust, or iron oxide, can generate electricity when saltwater flows over them.

3D printing company Materialise plans to acquire in a 75% stake in Engimplan.

Carpenter Technology Corporation has appointed Sam Abdelmalek as vice president and group president of performance engineered products (PEP).

Chemicals company BASF has reported Q2 sales of €15.2 billion, a decrease of 4% from the same period of 2018.

Tru-Design and Composites One have signed a distribution agreement for Tru-Design’s material coatings and finishes for 3D printed components.

Additive manufacturing (AM) Materialise reports that its total Q2 revenue increased 7.4% for the second quarter of 2019.

The Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA) has launched a newly redesigned website at www.mimaweb.org.

Researchers have created a novel shear-thinning gel that can be injected into the body to lift up colon polyps so they can be easily removed.

Segregated sections of ‘zigzag’ and ‘armchair’ facets on carbon nanotubes growing from a solid catalyst are more stable than a circular arrangement.

UK innovation center CPI is contributing its facilities to an EU project focused on researching lightweight embedded electronics.

Senvol says that its president has been elected to serve as chair of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) additive manufacturing (AM) community.

Element says that three of its US-based polymer engineers have been appointed to the Milwaukee board of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

SGL says that it will showcase a range of its fiber composites for mobility and industrial applications at the China Composites Expo.

RTP Company has acquired a thermoplastic vulcanisates (TPV) product line from Zeon Chemicals.

Powder pressing company Gasbarre has promoted Joseph D Hall to aftermarket services manager for powder compaction solutions.

The University of Michigan (U-M) has opened a new institute to integrate materials research across the university.

Solvay says that its net sales were up 2.6% for the first half of 2019.

Gas company Linde says that it has started up a new gas production facility supplying methane, hydrogen and carbon dioxide to Evonik Industries.

Renishaw has reportedly held two workshops at a Girls into Technology event in Gloucestershire, UK.

Graphene membranes covered in polymeric chains are better at capturing carbon dioxide than previous high-performance membranes.

By combining thin organic layers with thick layers of hybrid perovskite, researchers have developed micrometer-thick organic light-emitting diodes.

Coperion plans to showcase a range of new products for plastics processing at K 2019, taking place from 16-23 October in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Umicore reports that its first half 2019 revenues were €1.6 billion, a 3% decrease from the same period of the previous year.

Wall Colmonoy says that its seminar covering brazing and metallurgy will take place from 22-24 October 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Technical Fibre Products plans to exhibit its nonwoven products for composites at the China Composites Expo.

The 2018 market for AM is projected to reach US$6 billion in 2018 and grow to reach US$19.5 billion in 2023.

GOM is running a series of technology days covering its scanning technology for gas turbine, aerospace and power generation applications.

Bralco Advanced Materials Pte Ltd has signed an MOU with GE Additive to develop 3D printed magnetic components.

Covestro says that it plans to invest in production of its continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites in response to market trends.

Composites UK says that its Thermoplastic Composites event will explore how thermoplastic composites will be used in aircraft of the future.

SGL Carbon and Elbe Flugzeugwerke, a German aircraft manufacturer, have extended their contract to supply carbon fiber prepregs for use in the Airbus A350.

Sabic and Swiss chemicals company Clariant have reportedly deferred their plans to merge Sabic’s specialties business with Clariant.

Scientists studying a ‘stripe-ordered’ cuprate superconductor discovered an unusual metallic state when trying switch off its superconductivity.

direct laser writing approach can print such shape-changing 3D polymer micromachines in a single step

Flexible sensor array mimics some of the tactile properties of human skin

Mimicking mussel materials

With the help of a novel insulator made of calcium fluoride, scientists have created an ultra-thin transistor with excellent electrical properties.

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