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Materials news, December 2019

A study into the synthesis of cathode materials for high-energy lithium-ion batteries has unexpectedly revealed why these materials degrade during use.

A new magnetic shape-memory polymer can be transformed into a variety of different shapes with magnetic fields and then be locked into place.

Defects in the crystalline lattice of lithium-ion battery cathodes can speed up the rate of charge and discharge by forcing lithium ions to take detours.

By taking advantage of polarons and plasmons, researchers have been able to develop optical nanoantennas from a conducting polymer.

Bonding sensitive rubber to electronic components

Making a diamond-like material from bilayer graphene

Using a novel detwinning technique, researchers have been able to produce a map of the electronic states in the superconductor iron selenide.

Using an electron microscope, researchers have, for the first time, seen atomic scale defects that dictate the properties of a promising semiconductor.

A novel design strategy for identifying new materials exhibiting a metal-insulator transition has led to the discovery of molybdenum oxynitride.

Information provider KEX Knowledge Exchange has formed a strategic partnership with Senvol.

Kyocera has signed a marketing agreement with TactoTek, which makes injection molded structural electronics (IMSE).

Gurit has formed a supply contract for core materials with a Chinese wind turbine blade producer supplying international and domestic OEMs.

Stefan Gautschi, general manager of composite materials at Gurit, will reportedly leave the company by June 2020.

A new model has revealed how tiny tweaks to the molecular shapes in non-fullerene acceptors can improve the performance of organic solar cells.

Researchers have developed a new copper-titanium alloy for 3D printing that is much less prone to cracking or distortion than other titanium alloys.

Robotic high throughput polymer generation

Rock West Composites (RWC) has opened a new, dedicated filament winding facility.

Composites Evolution plans to showcase its range of natural fiber prepregs at the MIA Energy-Efficient Motorsport Conference (EEMS).

Carpenter Technology Corporation has opened an Emerging Technology Center (ETC) in Athens, Alabama, USA.

The MPIF has set the date for the co-located WorldPM2020, AMPM2020 and Tungsten2020.

A synthetic actuator made from thermo-responsive liquid crystal polymer networks and a coat of dye can learn to bend and walk in response to light.

TRB Lightweight Structures plans to open a composites manufacturing centre in Richmond, Kentucky, USA, as a joint venture with Toyota Tsusho America.

EconCore has signed a license agreement with a Japanese manufacturer of car interior components.

America Makes and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have launched an additive manufacturing (AM) modeling prize.

The International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) has awarded its Advanced Materials Laureate 2019 to Professor Herbert Gleiter.

Lab-grown mini-tumours with a network of functioning blood vessels will assist understanding of cancer and drug testing

drug-loaded silica nanoparticles target the blood vessels that supply tumors with oxygen and nutrients to ‘starve’ cancer cells

By studying the normal state of cuprate superconductors, researchers have discovered an abrupt shift in the behavior of electrons with increased doping.

A new Raman spectroscopy technique can assess the chemical composition and structure of metallic particles with a diameter of just 0.5nm to 2nm.

This year JALCOM celebrates it’s 60 anniversary with a special issue.

Researchers test a sampling of synthetic, biocompatible hydrogels to see how tuning them influences the body’s inflammatory response.

America Makes has announced the first phase of a program aimed at adding additive manufacturing (AM) technology to the existing US Army supply chain.

Renishaw is reportedly collaborating with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing to qualify new additive manufacturing (AM) materials for production applications.

chemical compounds based on thorium and hydrogen conduct electricity without resistance at relatively high temperatures

A 1% bend in an organic semiconductor based on single crystals of the hydrocarbon rubrene can roughly double the speed of electrons flowing through it.

Umicore has completed its acquisition of cobalt refining and cathode precursor businesses from chemicals company Freeport Cobalt for US$203 million.

The MPIF says that registration has opened for MIM2020, the international conference on injec-tion molding of metals, ceramics and carbides.

Allan Curtis has been announced as Composite UK’s new construction sector group chair.

Hybrid silicon-organic for next-generation quantum computers, energy conversion

A new ion-transport membrane technology based on microporous polymers could reduce the cost of storing energy and purifying water.

By encapsulating perovskite nanocrystals in both silica and plastic hairs, researchers have enhanced their ability to withstand moisture.

Using an electron microscope, researchers have unlocked the fundamental physics of how roughness affects soft material adhesion to a surface.

America Makes has formed a seven-year, US$322 million, cooperative agreement (CA) with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

Scott Bader has formed an exclusive distribution agreement with chemical company United Initiators.

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has opened a £20 million research and development facility in North Wales, UK.

Researchers have developed a new way both to find topological Weyl semimetals and to manipulate them for potential spintronic devices.

Using 3D printing technology, scientists have developed an efficient elastocaloric cooling material made from a nickel-titanium alloy,

Cobalt-doped molybdenum disulfide grown on a carbon cloth makes an effective catalyst for converting dinitrogen into ammonia.

By placing silver nanocubes on a thin layer of gold above a pyroelectric material, researchers have created a new multispectral photodetector.

Royal DSM has set up a project to develop a digital additive manufacturing workflow.

Haydale says that one of its composite transmission piece (CTPs) has been installed at one of the UK’s National Grid’s 24 compression sites.

Dr Millard Scott Masteller has received the Frank W Reinhart Award by ASTM International’s magnetic properties committee.

The NCDMM has received a Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) achievement award.

SGL Carbon and the Hyundai Motor Group have reportedly agreed to extend their existing supply agreement for fuel cell components.

Gasbarre Products reports that all its thermal processing systems will now be manufactured in its St. Mary’s facility.

Covestro says that it is working with lighting company Signify to supply its polycarbonate materials for 3D printing.

Build a better biomimetic bone

Depositing an organic polymer as highly aligned crystals produces a transparent, flexible coating with high electrical conductivity.

German Research Foundation honours Dr. Baptiste Gault with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award

A new report says that the market for oil and gas pipeline coatings will reach revenues of US$7 billion by 2029.

Sicomin plans to showcase a range of its industrial materials for the automotive, wind energy, civil engineering and marine industries at JEC World 2020.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) says that it will begin accepting applications for its 2020 PCI Scholarship Program on 13 January 2020.

TAT Technologies has set the dates for its PM sintering courses that cover the sintering process.

Using Monte Carlo calculations, scientists have observed the strange metal state in the Hubbard model of materials with strongly correlated electrons.

By adding cobalt impurities, researchers have observed a surprising quantum effect in a high-temperature iron-containing superconductor.

A new liquid-handling robotic system for synthesizing novel synthetic polymers can create up to 384 different polymers at once.

The board of the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) has elected Vanessa Davidson as its new chair.

Cobra International will be showcasing a new way of recycling and reuse epoxy resin windsurf parts at JEC World.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has opened registration for the second annual Women in Finishing Forum.

Additive Industries has launched a new partnership with Fraunhofer Project Center and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT.

plastic waste in seawater breaks down and dissolves into organic molecules much more quickly than expected when exposed to sunlight

Rotating layers of boron nitride above and below a graphene layer introduces moiré superlattices that modify the graphene's electronic properties.

Compotech AG says that its new resin transfer molding (RTM) hand layup facility in Nyrigyhazha, Hungary is now up and running.

3D printing company Additive Industries says that it has launched a new co-operative that allows customers to pool materials and services.

The EPMA has set the date for a seminar focussing on the use of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) to improve safety and innovation in the offshore sector.

highly porous polymer foam that mimic bone marrow drives the differentiation of blood-forming stem cells

CNTs produced from CO2 using low-energy chemical processes drastically reduce emissions associated with construction materials

Inprotec, a UK-pyrometallurgical specialist, is calling on the UK government to focus on developing and supporting the UK’s metal extraction industry.

An AIMPLAS project plans to develop technology to prevent the loss and abandonment of fishing gear and to facilitate recovery.

Scientists have developed a new approach for making metal-metal composites and porous metals with a ‘bicontinuous’ structure in thin films.

Perovskite for low-temperature ammonia production

Wall Colmonoy has appointed Rob Davies as MD of its European headquarters.

Bionic Composite Technologies AG is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.

Diab Group and SKAPS Ltd India have formed a partnership to manufacture PET foam for the Indian wind industry.

DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma reportedly plans to leave DSM after 20 years on the managing board and almost 13 years as CEO.

Composites One says that it has closed its the purchase of Canadian-based Polynt Composites distribution.

The EPMA has issued its call for papers for the Euro PM2020 Congress and Exhibition.

Continuing research in the field of nanomaterials for energy storage will be critical for the widespread adoption of sustainable energy sources.

Optomec says that its Aerosol Jet 3D printing machine has been upgraded to operate with an uninterrupted eight-hour runtime.

DSM and 3D printing company Shapeways have formed a partnership to develop custom and industrially scalable 3D printing using DSM’s materials.

Materials mixer supplier Ross has appointed Ken Langhorn as vice president of sales.

Dura Composites has reportedly opened a new online shop for smaller orders.

Composites UK says that a discussion about composites in the circular economy is now available to view on its YouTube channel.

Sandvik says that its range of Osprey metal powders now includes nickel-based superalloys and titanium.

An independent study says that MetalFAB1 systems combine the lowest system investment with the lowest total cost per part and highest annual capacity.

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hanyang University in Korea.

A combination of 3D printing and photo-controlled/living polymerization can produce objects that transform their shape in response to certain conditions.

Researchers have developed a new type of polymer gel that, while still highly porous and malleable, has a much more ordered structure.

'Designer substrates' produced by exposing silicon to phosphine gas offer a quick and inexpensive way to synthesize high quality 2D crystals.

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