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Materials news, January 2020

Researchers have discovered that layered biological materials are not so tough when they are curved rather than flat.

Scientists have created self-assembled monolayers that are stable in air, made from spherical buckyballs with 'tails' of of ethylene glycol.

Bert Bakker, regional CEO of AOC Aliancys, has resigned from the company.

Sumitomo Corporation has invested in Elementum 3D Inc, an AM research and development company for advanced metals, composites and ceramics.

Audi and Umicore have completed the test phase of their joint research project focused on recovering battery metals.

By studying a 'strange metal', physicists have uncovered direct evidence of quantum entanglement's role in bringing about quantum criticality.

Scientists have come up with a new approach to measuring the properties of quantum materials, which they term magneto-elastoresistance (MER).

Mechanoluminescent material visualizes the location of impacts

Strange metals and quantum entanglement

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that Chris Owen will step down as chief executive of its industry forum.

Metal powder manufacturer Equispheres, based in Ottawa, Canada, has been awarded funding and support from a cleantech organization.

Dalia Yarom, director of the standardization division at the Standards Institution of Israel (SII), has joined the ASTM International board of directors.

BÜFA Composite Systems, a German-based supplier of unsaturated polyester resins and resin formulations, will acquire AOC (UK) Ltd.

Hexcel reports that Boeing’s new 777X aircraft has completed a successful first flight.

Scott Bader has appointed Paul Smith as its non-executive chairman.

3D printing company SLM Solutions Group AG says that its order intake value was €67.7 million in 2019, a 21% growth compared to 2018.

Researchers have shown how a simple layered material transforms into a composite material with a 3D structure when it freezes around a template.

Applying an AC electric field to a piezoelectric crystal can turn it transparent by realigning its crystalline domains.

Sandvik has completed its acquisition of Summerill Tube Corporation.

3D printing company ExOne has published a whitepaper about metal binder jetting 3D printing.

Tuning the body’s inflammatory response with hydrogels

Although intentional defects in a battery cathode can improve its performance, too many defects can leave the cathode at risk of fracture.

A UK-based pyrometallurgical engineering firm has been commissioned by a platinum manufacturer to upgrade its plant in London.

Vanden Recycling says that it has opened a new office in Istanbul, Turkey.

Seco Tools has reached an agreement to acquire the cutting tools division of a 20-year-old privately-owned Mexican company.

Researchers have confirmed experimentally that, as predicted, isotopically enriched cubic boron nitride does have a high thermal conductivity.

Stellar material is older than old

Victrex has announced the creation of a joint venture between its subsidiary, Victrex Hong Kong Limited, and Yingkou Xingfu Chemical Company Limited.

The Additive Manufacturing Users’ Group (AMUG) says that it is now accepting nominations from those that would like to run for a board position.

The ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) plans to host an additive manufacturing certificate program.

Composites UK says that digital cutting system company Zund has become the first sponsor of its 2020 Composites Industry Awards dinner.

Ultrasound offers more robust metal 3D printing

A new DNA-programmable nanofabrication platform can organize and assemble a variety of different nanomaterials in the same prescribed ways.

A newly synthesized class of ‘super-diamond’ carbon-based material can alter its properties depending on which guest atoms are trapped in its cages.

Light-activated biomimetic hydrogel for infection-beating wound dressings

The CCAI says that Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components, will present at its Women in Finishing forum.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has set the date for its Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course.

The Additive Manufacturing Users’ Group (AMUG) reports that two new additive manufacturing (AM) workshops will be held before its conference.

Sandvik says that it is reviewing the potential closure of a production plant for round tools within its Walter division in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ultrasound can have a significant impact on the inner micro-structure of 3D printed metal alloys, making them more consistent and stronger.

A nanoparticle comprising tiny spheres of copper dotted with single atoms of ruthenium makes an effective light-powered catalyst for producing syngas.

Plastics technology center Aimplas says that the European MAT4RAIL project has been completed

EconCore, which makes thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, has announced new licensees.

PostProcess Technologies has appointed Japan-based trader K K Irisu to distribute its products in the Asian market.

By combining electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, researchers have been able to watch the growth of lithium dendrites.

The properties of perovskites can be controlled with strain engineering by growing thin films on substrates with different compositions.

ASTM has developed a new standard for cobalt-alloy spring wire.

Arburg has appointed Guido Frohnhaus as managing director of technology and engineering at Arburg GmbH.

For the first time, researchers have been able to grow, image with atomic resolution and investigate the properties of 2D amorphous carbon.

A novel composite material based on a metal-organic framework that can destroy toxic nerve agents has been integrated with textile fibers.

A plant-based adhesive can repair itself if damaged and could be more green than conventional glues

Solvay’s new high molecular weight (HMW) hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) capacity is now online, the company said.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has formed the CCAI Finishing Education Foundation (CCAIFEF).

Andrew G Kireta Jr from the US-based Copper Development Association Inc has started his term as the chair of the ASTM International board of directors.

A new method for growing thin layers of the semiconductor gallium nitride can produce high-power transistors.

Researchers have developed a new version of the high-pressure carbon monoxide gas-phase process for producing single-walled carbon nanotubes.

Making your phone last longer with sulfur

Second-order nonlinear optical effects can be induced in a titanium dioxide slab by covering it in gold triangles.

Rolls-Royce plans to open a new facility to make composite fan blades and fan cases for jet engines.

The European Commission has set the date for a workshop focusing on ways to analyze the environmental impacts of metal and ceramic processing.

Steve Foxley has been appointed as executive director of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

The market for global 3D desktop printers could increase by almost 37% from 2020-2024, according to a Technavio market research report.

EconCore, which specializes in sandwich honeycomb materials, has signed a license agreement with a Japanese manufacturer of car interior components.

Researchers have used a ‘multi-messenger’ approach to probe the properties of quantum materials at nanoscale resolutions.

Scientists have found a way to study the structure and properties of the underside of a freestanding complex oxide thin film.

Sintavia plans to help found a trade group for additive manufacturers focused on promoting the environmental benefits of AM.

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) has received a US DOE grant to process coal tar pitch into carbon fiber.

The glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.3% from 2019 to 2024, according to a report from Research and Markets.

GKN Automotive says that it will standardize a range of 3-in-1 systems for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

By using aqueous electrolytes with a novel electrode, researchers have been able to produce a safe, cost-efficient battery that still performs well.

Composites UK says that it is offering its member companies a discount of £100 off exhibition space at a UK-based rail vehicle show.

UK-based company Bitrez Ltd has become an industrial partner of the Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub (CIMComp).

The technical program committees for WorldPM2020, AMPM2020 and Tungsten2020, have confirmed the programs for the events,

Sandvik has acquired Thermaltek, a manufacturer of high temperature furnace systems and metallic heating elements headquartered in North Carolina, USA.

For the first time, scientists have managed to grow aluminum-based semiconductors for solar cells using hydride vapor phase epitaxy.

Droplets containing chain-like liquid crystal molecules with different lengths can transform into complex shapes when the temperature drops.

Michael J Brisson, technical adviser at the Savannah River National Laboratory in the US, has been appointed to the ASTM International board of directors.

Brazing specialist Wall Colmonoy has appointed Chris Weirman as technical director of its European headquarters in the UK.

Polymer specialist Victrex has commissioned a new 3D printer to process the company’s polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites.

The organizers of the China Import and Export Fair, taking place in Guangzhou, China, from 26–28 February 2020, have published the event program.

A novel polymer sponge covered in nanocrystalline silicon can remove over 90% of oil microdroplets from wastewater within 10 minutes.

Researchers have found that doping can turn the halide perovskite caesium tin iodide into an inexpensive, non-toxic thermoelectric material.

UK engine manufacturing fells 13.9% in November 2019, according to a report by the The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).

The organizers of the International Conference on Manufacturing of Advanced Composites (ICMAC) have issued a call for papers.

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has strengthened ties with India following a trade mission to the country.

A new method for the solid-state thermal processing of silk allows the biopolymer to be molded directly into bulk parts with tunable properties.

nanocrystal core-shell catalyst for fuel cells uses less Pt but drives the oxygen reduction reaction more efficiently and is more durable

2019 Materials Today Innovation Award recognizes the development of high-quality growth methods for III-V compound semiconductor materials

Owens Corning says that Mike Thaman, its executive chairman, has decided to retire from the company from April 2020.

The Hexcel Foundation says that it has made grants to three charitable organizations.

Saratech, which makes 3D printing software in the US, has acquired the 3D printing sales business of TekPro Group.

Stephen Pickles, process development technician at Renishaw has received an award for his dedication to STEM education outreach.

A novel polymer can quickly transform from a thermal conductor to an insulator, and back again, in response to temperature changes.

The US Composites Institute (IACMI) has been awarded a US$5 million grant to expand a composites training program in four US locations.

Mixer manufacturer Charles Ross says that its double planetary mixer is now available in a ‘super sanitary’ turnkey configuration.

QuesTek Innovations LLC has partnered with the German Aerospace Center to 3D print aerospace components using its new aluminum alloy.

Walter, a division of Sandvik Machining Solutions, plans to acquire US based company Melin Tool Company, a manufacturer of solid carbide tools.

A plastic wrap with a nanostructured, chemically treated surface can repel everything that comes into contact with it, including viruses and bacteria.

Neutron scattering experiments have helped to optimize a novel zeolite catalyst that can convert biomass into fuel sources with a high efficiency.

More durable materials from 3D printing of polymers

Turning natural atomic flaws inside diamond anvils into quantum sensors offers a novel way to study the effects of pressure on materials.

Automating polymer synthesis with robotics

New color fabric approach that helps control its spread of disease

Taking inspiration from drug discovery, scientists have developed metal-organic frameworks that can capture carbon dioxide from wet flue gasses.

Researchers have found that opaque silicon solar cells can be made transparent by simply punching lots of tiny holes into them.

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