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Materials news, April 2020

The organizers of Metallurgy Russia and Litmash Russia, originally scheduled for 9 to 11 June 2020 have been postponed to 8–10 June 2021.

The IHEA has opened registration for its 2020 autumn course covering the fundamentals of industrial process heating.

The global aerospace plastic market will grow at a modest 4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2020–2030, according to a new report by Fact.MR.

Elastomers that replicate complex twisting action just through the use of light

Scientists have discovered that impurities at grain boundaries are responsible for impeding the flow of ions through solid electrolytes.

Melrose Industries, which owns GKN, says that it has experienced a ‘significant deterioration’ in its end markets.

IDI Composites, which makes thermoset molding compounds and composites, has expanded the capacity of its tank farm used for the storage of resin materials.

ASTM reports that all previously scheduled in-person June standards development meetings, including independent meetings, have been canceled.

3D printing company Aurora Labs, based in Western Australia, has set up a cost saving program to deliver over AUS$6 million in savings each year.

Using rapid, powerful bursts of light, scientists have uncovered evidence of Rashba effects in bulk organometallic halide perovskites.

Researchers have found that they can switch Weyl points between two different states in a novel antiferromagnetic manganese-tin alloy.

Freeman Technology says that its webinar entitled ‘An Introduction to Powders’ is now available to view on demand.

Gurit reports that CEO Rudolf Hadorn has decided to step down as CEO of Gurit Holding AG at the end of March 2021.

By stretching hexagonal boron nitride, scientists have obtained the largest spectral color-tuning range from an atomically thin quantum system.

Researchers have created a self-adapting material that can change its stiffness in response to an applied force by incorporating minerals.

The US Department of Energy has announced up to US$28 million in funding for a new program aimed at developing high temperature materials.

The organizers of Aerospace Tech Week have issued a call for papers.

Canadian PM producer Equispheres has reportedly raised a new round of funding totaling CAN$30 million.

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has hired Fred Chuck as its new Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) executive director.

TRB Lightweight Structures says that it has make use of its equipment to produce personal protective equipment (PPE).

Researchers have developed a carbon nanotube-based sensor that can track how plants respond to stresses such as injury, infection and light damage.

The traps that capture charge carriers in perovskite crystals occur at the boundaries between distorted grains and pristine grains.

Neural networks search the periodic table for superconductors

data can be written and erased in novel light-emitting hybrid combining bioimaging organic dyes and luminescent solid-state metal clusters

Researchers have uncovered a new material able maintain its skyrmion properties at room temperature when exposed to high pressures.

Researchers have discovered that polymers filled with carbon nanotubes could improve how unmanned military vehicles dissipate energy.

The organizers of the 13th International Conference on Bio-based Materials say that it will be held online from 12–14 May 2020.

The EPMA reports that its SUMMEREV 2020 event has been postponed.

Melrose Industries, which owns GKN, says that it has experienced a ‘significant deterioration’ in its end markets as a result of COVID-19.

Gurit has announced a two-year supply agreement with a Chinese blade manufacturer.

Höganäs has sourced 165,000 surgical face masks to be used by hospital staff when caring for Covid-19 infected patients.

REACH Group and AMAC have signed an agreement to strengthen composite business between China and Europe.

America Makes has announced two challenges to help improve products for Covid-19 health care workers and first responders.

Using 3D laser printing, researchers have fabricated plate-based carbon nanolattices that are stronger than diamond.

The transition of iron sulfide into a magnet can produce changes in its crystalline structure that cause it to switch from a conductor to an insulator.

Italian 3D printing company BEAMIT plans to collaborate with power company TEMA Energy to develop 3D printed gas turbine components.

Composite materials company Dura Composites has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the innovation category.

Composites One LLC has been presented with a platinum award by Great West Casualty Company as part of the 2019 National Safety Awards Program.

Researchers have used polymer gels and cellulose to 3D print coral-inspired structures that can grow dense populations of microscopic algae.

Zinc-loaded particles might have the potential to fight breast cancer

biocompatible drug-carrying nanofiber that splits into tiny nanoparticles once inside the body could offer a new strategy for anticancer therapy

Italian companies Bercella and Beamit have announced a strategic partnership to improve research in the aviation, space and defence industries.

A report from analytics company GlobalData says that iron ore exports from India are expected to decline by around 25% to 23.3 Mt in 2020.

Solvay has signed an agreement with Honda Aircraft to supply composites and adhesives to be used in Honda’s HA-420 and Elite business jets.

Researchers have designed a novel liquid crystal elastomer that can be ‘programmed’ to both twist and bend in the presence of light.

Researchers have developed an hexagonal silicon-germanium alloy that can emit light, which could prove of great use for photonics.

Höganäs has published its 2019 sustainability report on its website.

FORECAST 3D is reportedly manufacturing protective equipment and testing supplies to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

Finnish technical center VTT is working with composite companies to help industrialize the manufacture of new generation natural fiber products.

Researchers can monitor batteries by sending electrical pulses into them and then processing the response with a new machine-learning algorithm.

Gurit has reported net sales of CHF 136.1 million in Q1 2020, an increase of 0.9% compared to Q1 2019.

Research materials supplier Goodfellow is supplying materials used to make protective equipment for workers dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fraunhofer Institute has presented its automotive lightweight design award to Dr Yung-Li Lee of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Bruno Seufert of Daimler AG.

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of testing for viruses; a simple physical procedure might make it easier, cheaper and quicker

Adding a low concentration of a 2D tin-based perovskite to a 3D version in solution produces a stable and efficient photovoltaic thin film.

Chemicals company INEOS plans to build its fourth hand sanitiser plant within the next ten days in Etain, North East France.

Researchers have developed a novel machine-learning algorithm for quantitatively characterizing material microstructure in three dimensions.

Scientists have uncovered evidence for the presence of Majorana particles on the surface of the unconventional superconductor uranium ditelluride.

The MPIF has opened registration for its PM short course scheduled to take place from 10-12 August 2020 in State College, Pennsylvania, USA.

SAMPE has cancelled its upcoming 2020 conference scheduled to take place in Seattle, USA, in May.

What are the benefits of biocomposites, and why do industry professionals want to encourage the adoption of this sustainable alternative?

Sandvik says that its High Precision Tubing business has adjusted production to prioritize orders related to COVID-19.

new material for electrochemical sensing of hydrogen peroxide based on platinum dichalcogenide promises outstanding performance

Scientists have created a flexible membrane from a normally brittle complex oxide, and shown that stretching can change its electronic properties.

By using a laser to fabricate nanoscale patterns, researchers could potentially make the surface of metals such as copper lethal to bacteria.

3D printing company EOS has reportedly launched an online platform and LinkedIn Group for to help additive manufacturing (AM) companies combat Covid-19.

Metal Technology Co Ltd, a metal processing company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has reportedly acquired Swedish-based Sandvik Powder Solutions AB.

Hexcel Corporation and Woodward Inc have mutually agreed to terminate their merger agreement.

Composite Integration, a manufacturing company based in the UK says that it is working with other companies to accelerate the design of face visors.

Gurit reports that it will split its Composite Materials business unit into Wind Materials and Marine and Industrial Materials.

Additive Industries has 3D printed a range of ready to-use spare parts with improved process performance and quality.

‘bio’ yarn made from human cells can be braided, knitted, or woven into medical devices or scaffolds that don't elicit an immune reaction

Scientists have uncovered evidence that a state of matter known as a pair density wave coexists with superconductivity in a cuprate superconductor.

Sandvik Coromant says that it has formed a joint venture with Microsoft to look into the digitalization of the manufacturing industry.

AM company SLM Solutions has entered into a strategic partnership with a Chinese medical device manufacturer, to 3D print surgical implants.

Rockwood Composites says that it has delivered its 10,000th blade for the towed decoy on the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Triboelectric energy harvesters get a boost from Georgia Tech

Indium-carbon bonding for catalysis

Hardmetal company Ceratizit says that its sites in Italy and India will resume production.

A new study shows that samarium sulfide expands at low temperatures due to electrons moving into the outermost shell of the samarium atoms.

A novel neural network was able to reduce the time needed to discover promising materials for a flow battery from 50 years to five weeks.

The SMMT suggests that the UK auto industry could suffer from a loss of around 200,000 units by the end of 2020.

Global metals and mining industry deals for February 2020 were worth US$1.66 billion, according to data analysis company GlobalData.

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) has reportedly added new data for glass fiber to its Eco Impact Calculator.

Researchers have shown how different temperatures can be used to create different products from biohydrogels depending on their intended application.

By combining a conducting polymer, rubber and an ionic liquid, researchers have produced a conducting, flexible organic composite.

Siemens reports that its AM network and 3D printers are available to the global medical community to help speed the production of medical components.

PostProcess Technologies has formed a channel partnership with 3D printer distributor Z-Axis.

JEC World, previously put off until May, has been further postponed until 2021, its organizers say.

When heated, a novel photonic crystal appears to emit more coherent light at infrared wavelengths than can be explained by Planck's Law.

Researchers have found that crumpling graphene makes it more than 10,000 times more sensitive to DNA by creating electrical ‘hotspots’.

Solvay is reportedly supplying its medical-grade transparent film to Boeing to make face shields to protect against COVID-19.

Nouryon has entered into an agreement to acquire the merchant triethyl aluminum (TEAL) business of South African chemicals company Sasol.

Ametek has completed the sale of its Reading Alloys business to Kymera International.

Composite metal foams have passed so-called ‘simulated pool fire testing’, which indicates they could be used for transporting hazardous materials.

Scientists have developed an artificial photosynthesis system that utilizes nanotubes made of layers of cobalt oxide, silica and titanium dioxide.

Sheets that are just a single molecular layer thick could be used to detect toxic gases

America Makes says that people working in additive manufacturing (AM) can now upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on a 3D Print Exchange.

AIMPLAS says that it plans to make its knowledge of materials, design, prototyping and manufacture available to public and health authorities.

The winners of the Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2020 have been announced.

Researchers have shown that the crystal structure at the surface of semiconductor materials can make them behave like metals and even superconductors.

Researchers have demonstrated that solar cells made from organic materials may be better than traditional silicon solar cells for use underwater.

The CCAI says that it has postponed the 2020 Women in Finishing forum as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Metal 3D printing company Aurora Labs Limited has reportedly reorganized its executive team.

The organizers of ConstructionAM have postponed the event until the 3-4 November 2020, so that the show can be co-located with Advanced Engineering.

Researchers have created a new rubber-like material based on plexiglass that could act as a replacement for human tissue in medical procedures.

Utilizing 'hybrid data', a new analytical technique can improve the estimation of mechanical properties of metallic materials from indention tests.

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