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Materials news, November 2019

Researchers have formulated design rules that guide how ribosomes can incorporate new kinds of monomers to produce synthetic polymers.

Researchers have developed a novel polymer coating that dramatically reduces the amount of water needed to flush a conventional toilet.

Precious metal additive manufacturer and supplier Cooksongold, has formed a collaboration with 3D LAB sp zoo, a Polish 3D printer specialist.

AIMPLAS says that its International Seminar on Biopolymers and Sustainable Composites will take place from 4–5 March 2020 in Valencia, Spain.

Scientists have discovered two co-existing phases in a layered, copper-containing crystal that are connected through a quadruple energy well.

Polymer coating to make a non-stick toilet bowl

Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems has supplied a high temperature car bottom furnace for a southern US manufacturer of excavating equipment.

New class of polymers brings cheaper grid batteries

Scientists have found an organic compound that can harvest the 'hot electrons' produced when high-energy photons hit a perovskite semiconductor.

GOM GmbH has launched a new optical measuring machine designed for small parts and complex freeform surfaces.

Software developer Volume Graphics says that it has entered into a multi-year official supplier agreement with the Renault F1 Team.

Polymer specialist Trelleborg has developed a new radar-absorbing material for wind turbines, blade and nacelles.

Porcher Industries plans to showcase a range of its textiles at the Automotive Exhaust Systems Summit.

Composites specialist Arevo has formed a strategic business partnership with glass company AGC Inc, based in Japan.

Solvay reports that it has joined the ThermoPlastic Composites Research Center (TPRC) as a Tier One member.

The electron pairs responsible for the abilities of superconductors can also conduct electricity with some amount of resistance, like metals do.

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Hardide-A coating has been selected for use on components for the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Composites and materials precision slitting company, Bindatex, has reportedly doubled its capacity by investing in a new slitting line.

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Scientists have found that multilayer graphene is stiff when bent a little, but becomes much softer when bent a lot, as the layers slide past each other.

Applying a thin layer of iron, vanadium, tungsten and aluminum to a silicon crystal produces a highly efficient thermoelectric material.

Metal structure that is so water repellent that it won’t sink even when damaged or punctured

TRB Lightweight Structures was reportedly named Business of the Year at a local awards ceremony.

GKN Additive says that it plans to produce and warehouse its gas and water atomized metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM) locally in Europe.

EPMA and its EuroAM sectoral group have launched the third edition of their Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology booklet.

Magnetic levitation separates chelated drugs

A lightweight polymer material full of holes, inspired by theoretical nanotube structures called tubulanes, is nearly as hard as diamond.

BASF says that it has formally agreed to acquire online 3D printing service provider Sculpteo, based in Paris and San Francisco.

nTopology has updated its nTop Platform 2.0 computational-modeling software.

Researchers have developed new organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials that don't contain lead and have a much improved stability.

Embedding electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics to improve electronic devices

A material that mimics the organs targeted by autoimmune cells could draw these cells away from vulnerable body tissues

Food waste can be repurposed to supply drinking water and power while reducing the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere

Researchers have developed a way to make cheaper, more sensitive photodetectors by replacing gold with the 2D material MXene.

Using computer-based simulations of atoms and molecules in solution, scientists have identified a general mechanism governing crystal growth.

3D printing company Aurora Labs has entered an agreement to supply an RMP-1 Beta metal printer to Australian company AdditiveNow Pty Ltd.

Ceramic machinery & ceramic technologies, a trade fair for ceramic raw materials, will be held in Gandhinagar, India, from 3–5 March 2020.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says that it has updated its Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF).

BASF says that it plans to expand its thermoplastic Ultrafuse filament range for 3D printing.

By juggling four different chemical reactions in a single flask, researchers have combined four polymers to form a single multicrystalline substance.

Perovskite materials for use in next generation solar cells and flexible LEDs can be more efficient when their chemical compositions are less ordered.

A paper published in a peer-reviewed journal said that a roller system was important to the quality of metal 3D printed parts.

Vanden Recycling, which focuses on plastics recycling, has established a new location in Dubai, UAE.

By applying an intermittent electrical field, researchers have managed to get blue-phase liquid crystals to adopt novel structures with novel properties.

Researchers have found that a class of polymers known as AquaPIMs can produce an ideal membrane for use in a flow battery.

Surface-plasmon-polariton waves between a metal and a dielectric may offer a way for tiny electronic components to communicate with each other.

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo 2020 has issued a call for papers.

3D printing company Aurora Labs says that it has increased the speed of its rapid manufacturing technology (RMT).

NCDMM vice president and CFO Gene Berkebile has been honored by the Pittsburgh Business Times (PBT) as CFO of the year.

By studying superconductivity in molybdenum disulfide, scientists have developed a superconducting transistor and discovered new superconducting states.

By replacing some of the lead in perovskites with indium, scientists have quashed the defects in perovskite solar cells and enhanced their stability.

Using optical tweezers as a light-based ‘tractor beam’, researchers have developed a method for assembling nanomaterials into larger structures.

The global metal powder market could expand at a CAGR of 3.0% from 2018 to 2028.

Total metals and mining industry M&A deals in September 2019 were worth US$1.9 billion, according to business analyst GlobalData.

Toray Industries has reported net sales of ¥1,122,359 for the first six months of 2019, compared to ¥1,191,212 for the same period of 2018.

Glass fiber specialist Owens Corning has reported consolidated net sales of US$1.9 billion in third-quarter 2019.

By analyzing the atomic structure of scandium fluoride, scientists have discovered why certain crystalline materials shrink when they're heated.

Exposing the cathode in a lithium-ion battery to a beam of concentrated light can lower the charging time by a remarkable factor of two or more.

Stable materials can be created from disordered proteins by altering the environmental triggers that cause them to undergo phase transitions.

Canada’s metals and mining industry decreased by 17.5% in overall deal activity during September 2019.

Engineering consultant DMT GmbH has launched a global certification scheme covering through the raw materials value chain.

The EPMA has published details of a new workshop entitled ‘Benefit of Using Powder Metallurgy (PM) in the Automotive Sector’.

JEC reports that more than 200 companies from 49 countries will attend JEC Asia 2019, taking place in Seoul, South Korea.

Kordsa and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

GKN Aerospace says that it has been selected as a key supplier for the new Gulfstream G700 business jet.

Using computer modeling and a novel imaging technique, scientists have been able to study the self-assembly of crystalline materials at a high resolution.

Scientists have found that a broad diffraction pattern can help determine whether graphene and other 2D materials are structurally perfect.

Haydale Graphene Industries has launched a range of graphene powder enhanced prepreg material for lightning-strike protection.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) says that it will host its custom coater forum as part of Powder Coating Week 2020.

Solvay says that it has signed an agreement with oil and gas company Baker Hughes to develop thermoplastic composite materials.

coating silk sutures with antimicrobial spider silk proteins could alleviate the problem of post-surgical infection

By incorporating a special monomer, scientists have developed polymers that can break down more easily under certain conditions.

UK engine manufacturing was down 1.9% in September, due to decreased demand, according to the SMMT.

3D printing company 3D Systems says that its Q3 revenues were US$155.3 million, down from US$164.5 million in Q3 2018.

Gurit will be exhibiting its composite materials for the marine industry at METSTRADE 2019.

Sandvik has appointed Stefan Widing as its new president and CEO.

Notus Composites says that it has supplied its one millionth square meter of fire retardant (FR) epoxy prepreg.

Applying kirigami, the Japanese art of cutting and folding, to graphene can make it more strain tolerant and adaptable to movement.

Using an electron microscope, scientists have uncovered the mechanisms that make nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl, so hard and resilient.

Sandvik says that has opened its titanium powder plant in Sandviken, Sweden.

GE Additive says that it has entered into a five-year cooperative research and development agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

DSM and Additive Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) have reportedly formed a partnership focused on 3D printing.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has published a practical guide to help plastics companies prepare for Brexit.

kirigami-inspired design allows graphene-based sensor devices to withstand large strains

By wetting porous polymer coatings with alcohol, researchers have come up with an inexpensive and scalable way to control light and heat in buildings.

Additive Industries has supplied a MetalFAB1 system to Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang, China.

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire select assets of Bombardier.

Automation equipment manufacturer Airborne is collaborating with lightweight materials consulting company AMAC.

New materials could arise from the unexpected discovery of unusual configurations of oxygen and nitrogen on graphene.

A new technique for probing the crystalline microstructure of battery cathodes can reveal the short-term order of the ions in these materials.

Victrex has announced a webinar focusing on the suitability of thermoplastic composite pipes in corrosive subsea environments.

Chemicals company Nouryon and US-based startup Forge Nano will join forces to develop ultra-thin coatings for batteries and catalysts.

ExOne and Global Tungsten & Powders (GTP) have entered into a collaboration to develop tungsten-based metal 3D printing using binder jetting.

Scientists have used a novel technique called lensless microscopy to uncover previously unknown abilities in nickel and barium hexaferrite.

A combination of steel composite metal foam and epoxy resin is a better leading-edge material for aircraft wings than the aluminum currently used.

Composites UK has revealed the winners of its nine award categories.

The MPIF has elected Dean Howard, president of North American Höganäs, as its 30th president, succeeding John F Sweet.

new type of membrane can filter micropollutants like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and plasticizers from drinking or wastewater

Scientists have shown that a device made from a double layer of graphene on top of a layer of tungsten disulfide can switch spin currents on and off.

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