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Materials news, September 2019

Composite Integration moves to bigger facility

Resin transfer molding (RTM) company Composite Integration has moved to a new facility site in Saltash, UK.

DuPont Biomaterials was selected to take part in a United Nations (UN) Trade Forum to tackle the current climate emergency.

2019 British car manufacturing output declined 10.6% in July, with 108,239 units produced, according to figures from the SMMT.

PyroGenesis Canada, which makes plasma atomized metal powder, reports Q2 revenues of CAN$913,769, a decrease from CAN $1,421,352 in Q2 2018.

Composites UK has revealed its shortlist for the 2019 composites industry awards.

EOS says that that its Additive Minds consultancy service has been named as ‘Top Consultant 2019’ in a German competition for SMEs.

Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH says that it has completed its acquisition of Friatec’s advanced ceramics business operations.

Physicists have found that incorporating individual metal atoms into a surface in the right way allows the creation of single-atom catalysts.

A structural transition in a ferroelastic material caused by heating resembles the periodic doubling seen in non-linear dynamical systems.

GE Additive has opened an additive manufacturing (AM) site in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Polymer company Covestro says that it plans to continue a pilot project it set up in in Caojing, China, looking into predictive maintenance of systems.

The EPMA has made a set of videos exploring the last three decades of powder metallurgy.

By taking advantage of the nanomaterial graphene, scientists have developed the smallest ever accelerometer for measuring acceleration.

The organizers of Composites Europe say that the show experienced lower demand from both exhibitors and visitors this year.

Rockwood Composites, based in Newton Abbot, UK, says that it has increased its workforce by 50% in the last six months.

A novel algorithm can identify MOF pairs able to connect to one another via the metal node on one binding with the organic linker on the other.

Graphene composite for terahertz astronomy

Western Sydney in Australia could be the new center of 3D printing in Australia due to a new joint initiative between the NSW Government and GE Additive.

Professor Murray Scott has received the International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM)’s Scala Award.

LANXESS has commissioned two new production lines for its Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites.

Heat treatment and manmade fiber specialist Oerlikon has published its Q2 and half year 2019 reports.

Engineering software company nTopology, headquartered in the US, has opened its first European office in Regensburg, Germany.

Computing superhard materials

Scientists have managed to make the first nickel oxide material, or nickelate, that shows clear signs of superconductivity.

Four steps to a stable n-type organic semiconductor

A novel de-icing technique uses an electric pulse to melt the ice where the surface and the ice meet, so the ice can simply slide off.

Oerlikon has appointed Philipp Müller as its new chief financial officer (CFO) .

Evonik Venture Capital has reportedly invested in a 3D-printing start-up in China that makes implants for neuro and spine surgery.

Polygon Composites Technology plans to showcase its PolyMed composite tubing for surgical applications at the Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) show,

Graphene can provide a two-fold defense against mosquito bites, by acting as a physical barrier and blocking chemical signals.

By focusing on uncertainty, a new algorithm can identify the most effective experiment to conduct for analyzing and developing new materials.

Additive Industries says that it has appointed Lars Ryberg as its new senior sales director.

Chemical company Biesterfeld Spezialchemie says that it has acquired the Lindberg & Lund Group.

Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems says that it has commissioned a custom high temperature box furnace line for an aerospace company in the US.

A new low-power ceramic welding technology uses an ultrafast pulsed laser to melt ceramic materials along their interface and fuse them together.

Scientists have developed a practical method for measuring the conductivity of a single carbon nanotube, by splitting it into two halves.

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) in the US has appointed Gino Spinos as its first director of manufacturing engineering.

ASTM International has launched a new video highlighting the growing role of women in developing technical standards.

Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance will be showing live demos of vacuum infusion, RTM and other processes during the CAMX show.

Physicists have discovered that electrons continue to travels in pairs in copper oxide superconductors even above their critical temperature.

Using polymer aqueous solutions with different electrical charges, scientists have developed a novel 3D printing water-in-water technique.

The organizers of Advanced Materials for Construction say that the next conference will take place from 28–29 April 2020 in Manchester University, UK.

Christian Lönne has been appointed the new CEO of Digital Metal, a Höganäs’ subsidiary that manufactures 3D printers for metal powders.

The EPMA has issued a call for speakers for its 2020 Hot Isostatic Pressing Seminar, taking place in Oslo, Norway from 25–26 February 2020.

Acoustic modification of collagen hydrogels facilitates cellular remodelling

Researchers have developed a mathematical framework that can turn any sheet of material into any prescribed shape, using the paper craft kirigami.

Researchers have shown that a few layers of 2D materials can provide the same insulation in electronic devices as a sheet of glass 100 times thicker.

Engineers have developed a transistor made from linen thread, by coating the thread in carbon nanotubes and immersing it in an electrolyte gel.

Apprenticeships provider Skills Training UK has launched a new industrial coatings apprenticeship standard for the materials testing sector.

Höganäs says that this year’s Ulf Engström Award has been given to Yoshinobu Takeda, technical support engineer at Höganäs in Japan.

Chemicals company Lanxess plans to showcase a range of its low free (LF) isocyanate urethane prepolymers at the FEICA Adhesive & Sealant Conference.

Interplastic Corporation has appointed Marc Deschambault as its sales representative for Eastern Canada.

Coatings specialist Covestro is carrying out a research project to develop new coatings to protect rotor blades from erosion.

3D printing company EOS plans to hold a webinar covering how additive manufacturing (AM) can help with thermal management.

Velo3D has made a video showing parts being pulled out a 3D printer’s metal powder bed, without any support structures tying them to a build plate.

A newly developed organic material can produce two long-lasting excitons from a single photon of light to increase the efficiency of solar cells.

Atomising Systems Ltd and Perdac have announced the dates for their 2020 two-day advanced course on metal powder atomization.

Composites One has reportedly received an award from insurance firm Great West Casualty Company for operational safety.

Additive Industries says that a ‘prestigious aerospace company located in California’ has bought six of its MetalFAB1 additive manufacturing machines.

Researchers have shed light on how cuprates can simultaneously exhibit superconductivity and charge order in patterns of alternating stripes.

Electronic robotic skin device sends information back to the user

Chemicals company Huntsman says that it is exhibiting a range of its polyurethane-based foam products at Foam Expo Europe.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says that UK engine manufacturing was stable in July 2019.

Jonathan M Pratt has been named president of TA Instruments, a specialist in thermal analysis and testing technologies.

Hexcel plans to showcase a range of its products for automotive, marine, sport, and wind energy at the Composites Europe show.

graphene oxide offers a new way of delivering growth factors to 3D scaffolds supporting the regeneration of damaged cartilage

Researchers have created 2D flakes made up of domains of molybdenum diselenide and rhenium diselenide with a sharp divide between them.

By taking advantage of highly fluorinated organic compounds, chemists have developed a cheap and sustainable method for patterning metals.

Gold nano sheets for flexible electronic applications

carbon nanocomposite aptasensor offers an innovative platform for quick and simple TB detection in clinical applications

3D printing institute America Makes says that it is celebrating its 7th anniversary.

The University of Birmingham has been awarded €4 million to set up a pilot facility to reclaim rare earth metals from scrap.

Lightweight construction specialists have put together a market study looking at the lightweight materials in demand for use in satellites and rockets.

Japanese chemical company DIC has reportedly agreed to acquire BASF’s global pigments business for €1.15 billion.

Researchers have found that better graphene oxide (GO) ‘paper’ can be made by mixing strong, solid GO flakes with weak, porous GO flakes.

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