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Materials news, June 2020

The Chemical Coaters Association says that it has appointed three new board members representing local US chapters.

By taking advantage of the strength of graphene, researchers have doubled the toughness of a ceramic material used to make solid electrolytes.

Cellular decoys distract coronavirus

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says that up to one in six jobs in the UK auto market are at risk of redundancy.

DSM plans to acquire parts of the 3D printing business of Clariant, a specialty chemical company.

Chemicals company Lanxess says that it is taking part at the Plastics in Automotive Engineering (PIAE) show, taking place virtually from 28-29 July 2020.

Laserax, based in Quebec, Canada, has reportedly developed a new fiber laser that can treat any metal surface with cleaning, texturing and hardening.

A new film made of gold nanoparticles can change color in response to any type of movement, including bending or twisting.

Researchers have developed a portable pyroelectric technology that generates electricity from the catalytic combustion of methanol.

At the general assembly of the Japan Powder Metallurgy Association Nobuhiro Hashimoto of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd was elected president.

Composite manufacturer TRB Lightweight Structures says that it is offering a composites technician apprenticeship scheme for new employees.

By utilizing a seed crystal, researchers have succeeded in printing functional light-emitting diodes from a hybrid perovskite solution.

New research shows that certain combinations of 2D materials let holes and electrons combine into excitons at the materials' ground state.

An official call for presentations has been announced for MIM2021, the International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides.

The EPMA and Fraunhofer Institute have set the date for their five-day additive manufacturing (AM) training week.

Using tiny polystyrene beads arranged in a crystalline lattice, researchers have discovered that impurities play a major role in the melting process.

Researchers have developed a method for self-assembling nanostructures with gamma-modified peptide nucleic acid, a synthetic mimic of DNA.

The MPIF says that its virtual basic powder metallurgy (PM) short course now has additional start times, due to increased demand.

H C Starck reports that its tungsten powders business has been acquired by Masan Resources, based in Vietnam.

Scott Bader Australia Pty Ltd has acquired the assets of its distributor, Summit Composites Pty Ltd.

AOC Resins has appointed Stefan Osterwind as its new managing director EMEA.

By tuning the assembly process of bottlebrush-shaped polymers, a new 3D printing process can produce multiple colors from a single ink.

Researchers have detected signatures of a cascade of energy transitions that could help explain how superconductivity arises in magic-angle graphene.

The demand for aluminum powder in the 3D printing market could grow from US$147 million in 2018 to over US$695 million in 2023.

Magnum Venus Products (MVP) has added another distributor, MVP Australia Pty.

Composites UK will be holding a webinar on business development in the post-Covid19 market on 29 June 2020.

PM experts Randall M German and Animesh Bose have released a new book titled Binder and Polymer Assisted Powder Processing.

New structural supercapacitor electrode produced from nanofiber materials

How to boost the tin in your GeSn semiconductor alloys

The supervisory board of BASF SE has elected Dr Kurt Bock as its new chair.

Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems says that it has recently rebuilt a continuous mesh belt brazing furnace for an automotive parts supplier in Mexico.

new reaction process uses light to trigger the growth of polymer layers on a metal nanoparticle

Polymer coating could help biomedical devices and crop sprays

Natural multifunctional green composite coating improves on conventional coatings

Exel Composites has appointed Kari Loukola as the senior vice president of its Belgian business unit.

SGL has reported group sales revenues of €247 million, approximately 15% below the prior year’s level.

Carpenter says that it plans to reduce around 20% of the company’s total global salaried positions.

Scientists have developed an open-source program called SEMseg to count and characterize nanoparticles from scanning electron microscope images.

New polymer materials for 3D printing can switch between different shapes in response to changes in temperature, electric current or stress.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Powder Coating Institute (PCI) have postponed their joint annual meeting.

Reinforcement specialist Kordsa has carried out testing of process-induced residual stresses when processing thermoset polymer composites.

Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites industry, has launched an annual report detailing the growth and changes of its supply chain.

Novel silk-based inks can respond to and quantify chemicals released from the body or in the surrounding environment by changing color.

The spontaneous formation of hollow structures in nanoscale antimony crystals could increase the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

Composites UK says that it is looking for individuals from its member companies to form part of its board of directors from 2020-2022.

Umicore has received a €125 million loan from European Investment Bank (EIB) to help finance its cathode materials plant in Nysa, Poland.

Wall Colmonoy has reportedly invested £500,000 in its research and development lab in Pontardawe, Wales.

By combining tandem repeat proteins with the 2D material MXene, researchers have produced a composite material with novel electrical properties.

Researchers have found a new way to control harmful fungi, by developing polymer coatings that resist the attachment of these fungi.

Owens Corning has reportedly received the 2020 Women’s Choice Award, which recognizes the company’s roofing brand.

Spirit AeroSystems has received a US$80 million grant from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to expand its US production.

Hardmetal cutting tool specialist Ceratizit has reportedly invested a new electric press for powder metal processing.

A novel metasurface can operate as many birefringent materials in parallel, allowing more compact manipulation of light polarization.

Researchers have shown how the rotational motion of negative ions in a solid-state electrolyte can help drive the motion of positive lithium ions.

Chemical company INEOS has developed a new software aimed at improving boat design.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has re-elected Martin Althorpe for a second year in office as president, until May 2021.

IDTechEx has made available a webinar focuses on key technological developments occurring within the Li-ion market.

Malvern Panalytical, a supplier of analytical instrumentation and software, has opened a new application center in Shanghai, China.

By combining them with fluorescent molecules, researchers have, for the first time, been able to study the real-time dynamics of boron nitride nanotubes.

Researchers have developed a theoretical foundation and computational tools for accurately predicting the spin dynamics of any material.

The organizers of Composites for Europe, previously Composites Europe, have appointed Dr Hans-Christian Früh as the event’s new project manager.

ASTM's Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) and America Makes have published a guide to improving AM data.

GKN Powder Metallurgy says that it is preparing for post-Covid-19 operation conditions and business environment.

A novel silicon-ion battery with a layered metal oxide cathode and a liquid electrolyte works as well as some lithium-ion batteries.

Inspired by the Japanese art of paper cutting, engineers have designed a friction-boosting material that could be used to coat the bottom of shoes.

The EPMA has moved its headquarters La Maison des Associations Internationales, in Brussels, France.

The MPIF says that its basic PM short course will be held online, from 10–12 August 2020.

Plastics technology center AIMPLAS plans to hold four webinars on 15, 16, 17 and 18 June.

Solvay and Leonardo have signed a material supply agreement for programs in Leonardo’s aerostructures, aircraft, helicopters and electronics divisions.

Applying a magnetic field to small particles of nickel suspended at the surface of water causes them to assemble into a novel active material.

At very high temperatures and pressures, nitrogen can adopt the same 2D crystalline structure as black phosphorus.

The EPMA reports that Euro PM2020 will still go ahead, but will take place online.

Kordsa has introduced a new range of prepreg systems which it says can help overcome whitespot and waterspot problems.

Forward AM has formed a partnership with HP to promote digital manufacturing, an integrated approach to manufacturing centered around a computer system.

Computer simulations have revealed that the polarization of ferroelectric nanoparticles adopts a geometrical structure of knots called a Hopfion.

Using a magnetic nanocomposite coating, researchers have developed a highly porous smart sponge that selectively soaks up oil in water.

BASF says that it has begun construction of a new engineering plastics plant in Guangdong, China.

The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub has appointed Alex Hammond as its deputy manager.

The 12th International Conference on Porous Metals and Metallic Foams (MetFoam 2021), will now be held from 23-25 June 2021, in Dresden, Germany.

America Makes has announced a virtual conference focusing on additive manufacturing (AM) with regards to the supply chain and distributed manufacturing.

By inserting metal atoms between transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers, researchers have created a whole new library of 2D materials.

A felt of nickel microfibers has the optimum combination of surface area and bubble release for producing hydrogen via electrolysis.

Composites UK plans to host a peer reviewed international academic conference on fiber polymer composite materials for construction and infrastructure.

Sigma Engineering and other companies say that they have begun full speed production of injection molded face masks made of liquid silicone rubber (LSR).

Gurit says that the closure of its Zullwil aerospace plant will take place several months earlier than originally planned.

3D printing company Protolabs has issued a report which suggests that, post-Covid 19, there will be more investment into the testing of robots and drones.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has appointed Mike Withers of Axalta Coating Systems to its 2020 board of directors.

3D printing company Materialise has launched Mindware, an advisory service covering the use of 3D printing to address companies’ business needs.

Scientists have uncovered evidence that the 2D material tungsten ditelluride conducts electricity in very narrow channels at its outer edges.

Researchers have discovered that carbon atoms in the ceramic material silicon carbide collect at grain boundaries when it is exposed to radiation.

Slippery kidney stone test

Cracking bonds with boranes

Sandvik has completed its previously announced acquisition of the cutting tools division of Quimmco Centro Tecnológico (QCT).

Höganäs says that its PM plant has been able to reduce its energy consumption by 2.5 million KWh.

Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can determine material properties such as toughness in a matter of milliseconds.

For the first time, researchers have synthesized large-scale 2D conjugated polymers, and thoroughly characterized their electronic properties.

Engine production in the UK declined 99.5% in April 2020, as the Covid-19 lockdown halted manufacturing, the SMMT said.

Polygon Composites Technology has appointed Zach Wills as its new vice president of sales and marketing.

Elementum 3D has been issued patents in the US, Canada, and Australia for its 3D printing core technology.

OCSiAl says that its TUBALL graphene nanotubes have been used to reinforce and improve grain pipes.

Scientists have used graphene to help develop an opal-like crystalline material that could be the cornerstone of next generation smart sensors.

hollow carbon loaded with drugs can be given a boost by bombarding them with microwaves and laser irradiation to treat tumors

Carpenter Technology has reported net sales for Q3 2020 of US$585.4 million, down from US$609.9 million in Q3 2019.

Plastics organization AIMPLAS has helped develop a recycling processes based on enzymes that could break down plastics by 70%.

Researchers have discovered that adding graphene to the carbon fiber production process can greatly increase the strengthen of the material.

The transport of electronic charge in a strontium ruthenate superconductor breaks the rotational symmetry of the underlying crystal lattice.

Carpenter Technology reports that it has idled two powder metal (PM) production facilities in the US in order to mitigate the impact of Covid-19.

MPIF has released a new materials standard designation code and property data for sinter hardened steel.

Physicists have found surprising evidence that an electronic state known as the quantum Hall effect could be ‘reincarnated’ in 3D topological materials.

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