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Materials news, February 2020

Hexcel plans to highlight the growing need the composite industry to support the emerging urban air mobility (UAM) market.

Beamit, Italy’s largest additive manufacturing service bureau, plans to purchase 15 selective laser melting machines from SLM Solutions.

Arevo has formed a partnership with 3DPC to develop on-demand production of lightweight thermoplastic composite parts.

Nanoscale structures improve on spectral absorption

Chemobrionics aids self-assembly of complex bio-inspired structures for bone regeneration

Scientists have discovered that applying vibrational motion to topological materials can help sustain a persistent spin-locked current on their surfaces.

2020 UK car production fell 14.2% in 2019 to 1,303,135 units, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

PostProcess Technologies has appointed TriMech and GoEngineer in the US and Lino Integrated Printing Solutions in Europe as its new distributors.

A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene can charge quickly and safely store a record-high level of energy for use over a long period.

TFP has developed new lightweight veils designed for high temperature performance in composites.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has named the two keynote speakers for its conference, taking place in March in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Aurora Labs says that independent tests have been conducted on coupons printed using its multi-layer concurrent printing technology.

Researchers have developed a computer model that can predict the thermochemistry of a new high-performance electric solid propellant.

Researchers have found why some topological materials are 'fragile', unable to conduct current on their surface, and how to restore their conductivity.

Gurit reports that it will be showcasing its materials for wind energy and composite tooling at JEC World.

Evonik says that the company’s focus at JEC World will be automated production with the aim of improving efficiency.

A new report suggests that the 3D printing market will grow by seven times by 2029.

Plastics specialist Solvay has supplied a range of polyether ether ketone (PEEK) powders to coat metal tubes used in electrosurgery.

Bacterial protein nanowires generate electricity using atmospheric moisture

droplet-to-particle spray pyrolysis using charred wood micro-channel reactor produces uniform alloy/oxide nanoparticles

AIMPLAS says that the fifth edition of its compounding workshop will be held at its headquarters in Valencia, Spain, on 12 and 13 May 2020.

The MPIF has announced Edwin Pope, principal analyst at IHS Markit, as the keynote speaker for WorldPM2020, AMPM2020, and Tungsten2020.

Renishaw Inc has appointed Denis Zayia as the new president of its US operations.

Using a low-powered laser, researchers have been able to fabricate graphene features as small as 12µm onto the surface of a polymer.

stacking ultrathin and complex oxide single-crystal layers for new electronic devices

Somerset Community College’s (SCC) AM program has successfully 3D printed 316L stainless steel metal parts on low cost desktop 3D printers.

America Makes has elected its new executive committee which it says will focus on strategy, policy, and advocacy.

Polynt Reichhold Group says that it plans to establish and incorporate its fully owned subsidiary, Polynt Composites Turkey, based in Istanbul.

Bombardier Belfast and Saertex have extended their contract to make lightweight components for the Airbus A220 aircraft.

Perovskite films tend to crack easily, but scientists have now found that those cracks are easily healed with some compression or a little bit of heat.

Researchers have uncovered a layered compound with a trio of properties, including high electronic mobility, not previously known to exist in one material.

Additive Industries says that GKN Aerospace CTO Russ Dunn will officially open its latest process and application center near Bristol in the UK.

Fluidizing catalyst particles in electrolyte instead of gluing them to electrodes avoids a rapid decline in electrocatalytic performance.

Novel bubble-attracting sheets of specially textured mesh can make bubbles collapse as fast as they form, reducing the build-up of foam.

Exact Metrology has opened a new facility in Illinois, adding to its existing facilities in Wisconsin, Ohio and an upcoming one in Texas.

Montefibre Carbon has received €11.5 million from the Spanish Ministry of Industry to produce PAN precursor for conversion to carbon fiber.

Using two forms of tomography and an algorithm for unrolling papyrus scrolls, researchers have investigated the surfaces of cylindrical electrodes.

Physicists have created novel nanowires by threading conductive tellurium atomic chains through insulating boron nitride nanotubes.

The EPMA reports that it will close its UK office and incorporate it into its French location.

Hexcel says that it plans to showcase a range of its materials for marine applications at JEC.

By filtering out the water produced when carbon dioxide is converted to methanol, a novel zeolite membrane can improve the reaction efficiency.

Scientists used a silver sawtooth nanoslit array to produce valley-coherent photoluminescence in 2D tungsten disulfide at room temperature.

GKN Hoeganaes says that its plant in Gallatin, TN, USA, has received a carbon reduction award.

A new technique for precisely measuring the concentration of defects in cathodes has revealed that a small amount of defects can enhance performance.

Secondary ion mass spectrometry has confirmed that the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) consists of two layers: one hard and one more liquid-like.

Composites UK has appointed Dr David Bailey as its new CEO.

Metal 3D printing company Aurora Labs has raised US$1.82 million from a private investor.

A new analysis of neutron scattering data has revealed that the hydrogen atoms in a metal hydride are much more tightly spaced than expected.

Using a peel-away layer of graphene, researchers can produce freestanding ultrathin layers of complex oxides and then stack them together.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) plans to invest US$133 million in the development of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) automotive parts.

Gurit has announced its sale of its Gurit Hungary Kft automotive business to Carbopress SpA, an Italian composite parts manufacturer.

Vyomesh Joshi will retire as president at CEO of 3D Systems.

Wall Colmonoy says that the next session of its European modern furnace brazing school will take place from 6-8 October 2020.

A novel co-polymer that can conduct ions and is also highly permeable to oxygen could make an ideal membrane for use in hydrogen fuel cells.

Researchers have discovered that spin fluctuations may bind electrons into the pairs required for high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates.

detecting trapped hydrogen could help design of embrittlement-resistant steels for low-carbon technologies

Using a novel transmission electron microscope technique, scientists have been able to visualize hydrogen atoms and titanium atoms in a single image.

Researchers have discovered an exotic new form of topological state in a large class of 3D semi-metallic crystals called Dirac semimetals.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has named its 2020 board of directors and executive officers.

Umicore says that its 2020 revenues grew by 3% to €3.4 billion.

Prepreg specialist Composites Evolution has appointed Scott Macdonald as sales manager.

Kordsa subsidiary Axiom Materials has invested in a new 3500 m2 facility to develop ceramic matrix composite materials.

A novel machine learning algorithm can accurately determine the crystal structure of materials by analyzing electron backscatter diffraction patterns.

Wall Colmonoy says that its brazing workshop will take place from 12-14 May 2020.

Global metals and mining industry deals for December 2019 were worth US$7.88 billion, according to a report from data provider GlobalData.

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing in 2019 declined 7.8% in 2019, with 78,270 units leaving production.

America Makes has appointed Alexander Steeb as its new operations director and Andrew Resnick as its new communications and public affairs director.

Conbility has released a table-based tape machine which can reportedly produce fully consolidated tailored blanks using laser heating.

A new method for synthesizing covalent organic frameworks has revealed that so-called 'spectator' molecules can form a critical part of their structure.

Researchers incorporated protein pores found in cell membranes at high density into polymer sheets to produce highly efficient filtration membranes.

Dr Randall German has been selected to receive the Kempton H Roll Powder Metallurgy (PM) Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has issued a call for papers for its Fabtech conference.

Researchers have developed a more efficient, safer and cost-effective way to produce large, high purity crystals of cadmium telluride for solar cells.

well-known organic synthesis growth technique is applied to inorganic eutectic composites to control their physical structure

Researchers at RMIT University, in Australia, have developed a process using sound vibrations to improve the microstructure of alloys during AM.

Sicomin says that it has supplied its GreenPoxy bio-based resins for a range of natural fiber composites manufactured by Greenboats, a German developer.

Swiss manufacturer 3A Composites Core Materials has expanded its long-term partnership with Biesterfeld.

Scientists have discovered that the crystal structure of halide perovskites changes with temperature, humidity and the chemical environment.

A novel technique that utilizes second harmonic generation and dark field imaging can quickly and sensitively characterize defects in 2D materials.

Cobra International and Aditya Birla Chemicals, which makes epoxy resins, have jointly developed a closed loop composite manufacturing process.

The Carbon Disclosure Project has raised Kordsa’s score from C- to B.

Aurora Labs Limited has formed a framework agreement with quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL.

BAE Systems and 3D printing company Renishaw have formed an MoU to improve additive manufacturing (AM) for the defense and aerospace sector.

A mix-and-match, modular strategy could produce over 65,000 different types of complex nanoparticles, each comprising up to six different materials.

Researchers have developed an ultra-thin, ultra-flexible, transparent electronic material that can be printed and rolled out like newspaper.

APMI International says that Thomas Pelletiers II, VP of new business development, Kymera International has been nominated for its 2020 Fellow Award.

BASF has reportedly finalized its acquisition of Solvay’s polyamide (PA 6.6) business for €1.3 billion.

Scientists have found that a coating of alumina can protect the cathodes in lithium-ion batteries by trapping lithium.

A novel metal-organic framework coating for electronic devices can release water vapor to dissipate the heat these devices generate.

Teijin Limited plans to open a new center in Wuppertal, Germany to develop the company’s automotive composite business.

Retsch Technology GmbH, Microtrac Europe GmbH and BEL Europe GmbH have merged to become a new company named Microtrac Retsch GmbH.

The organisers of the SIAF and Asiamold fairs have announced that the 2020 events will be postponed until further notice.

Domo Chemicals, which makes nylon materials, has appointed Yves Bonte to succeed current CEO Alex Segers.

Engineering organization AZL and plastics processing institute IKV have launched a project to improve the material data for long fiber reinforced SMC.

Sandvik has reported Q4 2019 revenues of SEK 26 583 million, compared to SEK 25 968 million in Q4 2018.

The first detailed study into the electronic structure of superconducting nickelates has found that it differs markedly from the related cuprates.

By utilizing cross-linker molecules that form sticky ends when cleaved, researchers have been able to fuse different cross-linked polymers together.

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