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Materials news, May 2020

GE Additive is holding a webinar on 3 June 2020 covering the use of additive manufacturing (AM) to make medical parts.

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has appointed Mark Morrison as its new director of communications.

The MPIF has made available the Spring edition of its International Journal of Powder Metallurgy online.

Mottness explains insulator-conductor electron shuffle in tantalum disulfide

mineralized skeletons of sea urchins that are light and robust hold important clues for analyzing and designing artificial porous materials

Toray Advanced Composites says that its TC346 prepreg resin system has now passed SFI 56.1 and UL94 V0 flame-retardancy tests.

The NCDMM's CEO, Dr Dean L Bartles, has been appointed to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council.

Scientists have observed light emission from a new type of transition between electronic valleys, known as intervalley transmissions, in a 2D material.

Researchers have combined big data and machine learning to selectively design gas-filtering polymer membranes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

3D metal printing equipment manufacturer Additive Industries has received a €14 million investment from its shareholder Highlands Beheer.

The organizers of the Advanced Engineering Show have issued a call for abstracts.

Researchers have developed a supercapacitor made from a polymer composite that is able to store and deliver electricity at high power rates.

A 2D sandwich of molybdenum, sulfur and selenium can greatly boost the sensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

Innovation company Ennomotive has launched an online competition to make reusable, protective mask models that are more comfortable to wear.

3D Systems has named Dr Jeffrey A Graves as its new president and CEO.

3D printing company ExOne has launched a social media campaign focusing on the sustainable aspects of metal binder jetting technology.

A novel textile coating based on polymer nanoparticles can not only repel liquids like blood and saliva but can also prevent viruses from adhering.

Researchers have discovered that certain organic crystals are more flexible and stretchable than current materials used for electronic applications.

The organizers of the SpaceAM conference, taking place in Leicester, UK, from 15-16 September 2020, have announced the program line up.

DIAB says that it has invested in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) core material for the wind energy sector.

The Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) North America has appointed Zane Clark as its new CEO.

Sandvik has reportedly initiated a project to buy scrap from its customers to turn it into new products.

Element Materials Technology has signed a contract with an aerospace manufacturing business to provide testing at Element’s laboratory in California.

A novel heat treatment with an organic group can enhance the stability of tin halide perovskite solar cells by preventing tin oxidation.

A novel polymer compound embedded with bismuth trioxide particles holds tremendous promise as a lightweight radiation shielding material.

Tandem structure improves efficiency of solar cells

Composite consultants AMAC and Alpha Executive Advisory (AEA) are offering advisory services in crisis management.

The SMMT has released new sector-specific guidance covering how automotive production sites can control the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

Bernhard Schretter plans to retire as a member of the board of metals specialist Plansee.

By soaking up water from the air at night and then releasing it during the day, a novel polymer gel can reduce solar panel temperatures by 10°C.

New class of materials based on liquid metal lattices

Purdue University in the US says that its extraction and purifying processes using ligand-assisted chromatography can purify rare earth metals.

Sandvik Machining Solutions has divested its 10% minority ownership in Gesac, a Chinese joint venture.

Composites specialist Kordsa says that he has joined the EU-funded PolynSPIRE project.

By combining machine learning with X-ray tomography, scientists have produced a detailed picture of how battery cathodes degrade with use.

Scientists think that defects in low-dimensional perovskites may be responsible for their broad emission spectrum and large color variation.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials is reportedly developing an iron-based sintered brake pad for motorcycles.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has appointed Paul Heard as the new chief executive of the SMMT Industry Forum.

Armacell says that it has started production of its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam at a facility close to Shanghai, China.

A closed loop epoxy recycling project has reportedly won a JEC innovation award.

Improving our understanding of the surface of a semiconductor compound

Designer membranes through machine learning

Scientists have discovered that the 2D material molybdenum dioxide exhibits piezoelectricity, due to electrons being trapped in its surface defects.

biocompatible polymer scaffolds coated with carbon nanotubes could provide a vital foothold for regrowing cells

Optomec says that its LENS directed energy deposition (DED) 3D printing system can be used to deposit any aluminum alloy.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company VELO3D has commercially released a way to 3D print parts made of aluminum F357.

Coes, a UK-based glass fiber manufacturer, has developed an alternative to phenolic resin that have fire resistant but are reportedly easier to use.

Companies in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have kicked off a project focused on developing composite materials and processes.

A new supercapacitor based on manganese oxide could combine the storage capacity of batteries with the fast charging of conventional supercapacitors.

Chemists have developed novel metal-organic frameworks that can remove toxic hexavalent chromium from water and convert it to a non-toxic form.

PostProcess is hosting a week-long event entitled Unlock AM LIVE.

America Makes has issued a project call to develop 3D printing technology for the US Air Force.

Huntsman Corporation plans to acquire CVC Thermoset Specialties, a North American chemical manufacturer.

BASF plans to develop a battery recycling cluster in Finland serving the electric vehicle market.

By tweaking their chemical makeup and fabrication, researchers have produced perovskite solar cells that are better at withstanding high temperatures.

Researchers have found that porous carbon fibers are up to 40 times faster at desalinating small batches of water than other materials available today.

Researchers have developed an ultrafast, high-temperature sintering method based on heating ceramic powders between two carbon strips.

By taking advantage of bottle-brush polymers, researchers have discovered a way to grow hollow crystal spheres, and pause this growth to leave holes.

Scientists have used single-crystal electrodes to reveal information about the workings of polycrystalline electrodes in advanced silicon-ion batteries.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has awarded its 2020 scholarships.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and APMI International plan to run a free, ongoing webinar series for members.

The organizers of Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou and Asiamold say that the two shows will now take place from 11–13 August 2020.

SAMPE reports that its SE SUMMIT 21 will be held on 8 March 2021, in Paris, France, just before JEC World.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Sintavia has achieved Nadcap approval for heat treatment at two facilities in Florida, USA.

A number of organizations are offering aid and public funding for Covid-19 projects as part of the EU-based AMable project.

By combining silicon nanoparticles with carbon nanotubes, researchers have created yarn-like microspheres for use as battery electrodes.

Researchers have found a way to make halide perovskites more stable by adding a bulky molecule to their surface to inhibit ion movement.

DSM reports a ‘solid’ Q1, with material sales down 8% from the same period of last year.

Exel Composites says that its Q1 revenue increased by 2.6% to EUR 27.8 million, up from €27.1 million.

ExOne and the University of Pittsburgh have reportedly partnered to develop 3D printed reusable metal filters.

Sandvik Additive Manufacturing's its titanium powder plant and additive manufacturing (AM) operations have received AS9100 Revision D certification.

Researchers have found that dipping polymeric membranes in tannic acid allows their surface to be coated by atomic layer deposition.

Using a catalyst solution and a ‘twin-screw’ extrusion process, researchers have developed a new method for upcycling polyurethane foams.

A novel method for mixing metals generally known to be immiscible at the nanoscale can create a new range of bimetallic nanoparticles.

Scientists have discovered that the incorporation of hydrogen into nickelates during their synthesis stops them from superconducting.

Composites UK has released the nomination forms for its 2020 Industry Awards.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) plans to host a meeting covering the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in medical applications.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has issued a call for papers for Powder Coating Week 2021, taking place in Orlando, Florida, from 25–26 February.

Novel ion-driven transistors and mixed-conducting particulate material could form the foundation for fully implantable bioelectronic devices.

Researchers have developed a lead-free perovskite for use in solar cells that could be a safer and more stable than lead-based perovskites.

Solvay reports that has set up a solidarity fund to support its employees and their dependents through hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Fraunhofer Institute has completed a project covering the hybrid production of large prototype components using laser metal deposition (LMD).

German materials science association DGM plans to run a webinar featuring Plansee’s refractory metals.

The award is to honor a young researcher active in the fields of Nanofabrication and Nanotechnology for Electronics, MEMS and Life Sciences.

Shedding ultraviolet light to kill coronavirus

Researchers have used electrostatic charge to get colloidal particles to self-assemble into crystalline materials that mimic salt and opals.

Glass fiber company Owens Corning has reported consolidated net sales of US$1.6 billion, a decrease of 4% or US$66 million compared with 2019.

The organizers of the Composites Europe tradeshow has changed its name to Composites for Europe.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says that UK engine production declined 40% in March due to COVID-19 impacting output.

Umicore says that in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on results, it has taken several measures to reduce costs.

Chemicals company BASF reports that its Q1 2020 sales increased by 7% compared with the same period in 2019, to €16.8 billion.

Cold-chain safety sticker creates an image when exposed to room temperature

Researchers have developed a liposome-like nanoparticle called a sterosome that could help improve treatment for bone defects.

For the first time, researchers have discovered superconducting currents traveling along the outer edges of a superconductor with topological properties.

Tin-based perovskites show promise for photovoltaic devices

A novel electrolyte that forms a protective layer over the silicon nanoparticles that make up a battery anode gives the silicon room to swell.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has appointed its 2020–2021 board of directors and executive officers.

UK car manufacturing fell 37.6% in March, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

A metal harvest to power the world's micro robots

Atmospheric hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) for graphene sandwiches

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