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Materials news, July 2020

Researchers have used state-of-the-art computational tools to model the chaotic behavior of ‘strange’ metals down to the lowest possible temperatures.

The missing link for recycling thermoset plastics

The US had US$1.83 billion worth of metal metals and mining industry M&A deals in Q2 2020, according to market analyst GlobalData.

The Fraunhofer Institute has expanded its high-speed testing machine with a cooling device that enables plastics to be examined at lower temperatures.

SABIC's facility located in Cartagena, Spain is set to become the world’s first large-scale chemical production site to be run entirely on renewable power.

Using the hyper-Rayleigh scattering optical activity technique, physicists can now 'see' the twist of a single nanoparticle floating freely in a liquid.

multi-functional porous titanium implant could last a lifetime

America Makes says that it has awarded US$560,000 as part of a project to improve aerospace optical components using additive manufacturing (AM).

ELG Carbon Fibre and Aerocircular NV plan to put in place a closed-loop recycling scheme for end-of-life (EoL) carbon fiber aircraft parts.

Maximum Chern number can be reached and controlled in a real material

Super-white paints for cooler buildings

Composite company TRB Lightweight Structures, based in the UK and the US, says that it has maintained production during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sandvik has sold its 10% minority holding in Xiamen Golden Egret Special Alloy Co Ltd, a Chinese joint venture originally formed in 2005.

A 3D printing project has made progress in its aim to speed up the digitalization and industrialization of laser powder bed fusion (LPBF).

LANXESS says that its range of technical thermoplastic composites could be used as part of the charging infrastructure.

An update on an ancient remedy has potential for effective scar-free healing of wounds

Taking their inspiration from shells and grapefruits, engineers have created what they say is the first manufactured non-cuttable material.

Graphene oxide-wrapped nanospheres can help destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic-resistance genes in wastewater treatment plants.

Prepreg specialist Axiom says that it will develop a line of carbon/silicon carbide and silicon carbide/silicon carbide composite intermediates.

TOffeeAM, a startup founded by researchers in Imperial College London, has raised £1 million in seed funding.

ALMACO says that the first postgraduate course in composites and polymers based in São Paulo, Brazil, will begin in August 2020.

A novel 'GI tract-on-a-chip'has shown that covalent adaptable hydrogels can degrade and spontaneously reform in the gastrointestinal tract.

By investigating insect surfaces, researchers have identified a nanostructure that can be used to engineer better water-repellent coatings

Porsche says that, for the first time, the pistons in its GT2 RS sports car have been produced with a 3D printer.

Gurit says that it plans to invest more than CHF 20 million to produce composite components for the Indian wind energy industry.

A new report suggests that in future, materials scientists and chemists will have access to machine learning tools to improve their R&D.

Doped graphene nanoribbons could help in quantum computing

By varying the amounts of two different monomers, researchers have developed polymer materials that can produce a shape-memory hand.

Höganäs says that some of its metal powder residual byproducts could be used to make artificial reef structures.

Plansee reports a 10% fall in sales in the 2019/2020 fiscal year, from €1.52 billion to €1.38 billion.

Victrex says that it has developed a new polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymer filament suitable for additive manufacturing (AM).

Composites UK has announced its new board members for 2020-2022.

graphene antennas could offer a flexible metal-free option for wearable electronics

Melanin that is enriched with selenium protects against harmful radiation from medical X-rays and in spaceflight

The MPIF has issued a call for papers for its Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy Conference (AMPM2021).

America Makes and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), have announced the winners of its AM Modeling Challenge competition.

Teijin's Tenax dry reinforcements (DR) carbon fiber material is now qualified to produce Airbus A320neo wing spoilers using resin transfer molding (RTM).

Market analysis company Fact.MR says that the epoxy hardener market will expand at a CAGR of 6% from 2020 to 2030.

Researchers have used an electron microscope to observe the individual steps of growing indium oxide on graphene at atomic-scale resolution.

A newly synthesized compound has helped scientists understand the elusive quantum spin liquid state, but also raised questions as well.

Jean Lydon-Rodgers, president and CEO of GE Aviation Services, has been appointed as a member of the Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB).

DOMO Chemicals and Rapid Product Development GmbH, an Austrian 3D printing company, have partnered to develop its Sinterline polyamide (PA) 6 powders.

Researchers have synthesized a new form of melanin enriched with selenium for protecting human tissue against harmful radiation.

Scientists move synthesis from the lab to the computer

Moldworx LLC, which builds injection molds and other equipment to make thermoplastic components, has expanded into a new facility.

A new study from the European Patent Office (EPO) says that Germany and the UK are the two largest European contributors to AM innovation.

The MPIF has issued a call for papers for PowderMet2021, which is planned to take place 20–23 June 2021, in Orlando, Florida.

Roth Composite Machinery, AZL and other companies have joined forces to develop winding technologies for composite pressure tanks.

By studying the 2D material gallium telluride in real time using ultrafast electron diffraction, researchers have discovered that it breaks Friedel's Law.

For the first time, researchers have observed a quantum fluid known as the fractional quantum Hall state in a 2D semiconductor.

Researchers have shown that thin sheets of material with periodic cuts can be used to mold an inflating balloon into pre-programmed shapes.

Scientists have developed a novel instrument for studying quantum materials that can make three kinds of atom-scale measurements simultaneously.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has named ten people nominated to receive a Distinguished Innovator Operators Award (DINO) award.

The NCC has announced new dates for its composites training courses, including a new course entitled Introduction to Composites Repair.

GKN says that, in tests, a 3D printed copper induction coil offered better results than a convention-ally produced part.

A carbon nanotube film possesses a combination of thermal, electrical and physical properties that could make it of use for next-generation smart fabrics.

Researchers have developed a three-layer anti-reflection coating for making plastic sheets conductive and more transparent.

Graphene specialist Haydale and IRPC Public Company Limited have joined forces to develop Haydale’s functionalized graphene coated fabric for medical use.

Volume Graphics says that it has updated its VGSTUDIO MAX software with a reverse engineering module.

Lanxess says that a seat bolster for the Ford Kuga SUV features its glass fiber reinforced polyamide (PA) as part of plastic-metal composite component.

Surface coating technology company Hardide Coatings has appointed Rob Holmes as its new vice president (VP) of aerospace.

Researchers have found that a salt based on the organic compound piperidine can greatly improve the longevity of perovskite solar cells.

A computational model for understanding how changes in material nanostructure affect conductivity could lead to new energy storage devices.

Toray Industries has formed an agreement with German aerospace company Lilium GmbH to supply carbon fiber composite materials for the Lilium jet.

Composites slitting company Bindatex has joined a UK initiative to help SMEs improve productivity and growth.

A 3D printing company has reportedly cut its part setup time from five hours to 10 minutes with the adoption of automating technology.

Haydale Technologies’ Thai business has signed an agreement with IRPC to supply transparent graphene and functionalized acetylene black conductive inks.

Researchers have used a supercomputer to perform real-time simulations of wear and friction on alloys of copper and nickel at atomic scales.

Researchers have identified a small number of impurity atoms that may contribute to the strength of enamel, but also make it more soluble.

Researchers from NYUhave demonstrated that toolpaths used in the 3D printing of composites can also be reproduced with machine learning (ML) tools.

3D printing company VELO3D has reportedly qualified Hastelloy X nickel-based alloy for its range of additive manufacturing (AM) machines

The Grieve Corporation says that it has updated its website with new features and improvements to existing features.

Spirit AeroSystems and Virgin Hyperloop have formed a partnership to develop a commercial version of a hyperloop prototype.

Researchers have developed a novel form of non-volatile computer memory, based on sliding atomically thin layers of metal over one another.

Global iron ore production is expected to decline by 1.2% in 2020 to 2,230.8 million tonnes (Mt), says analytics company GlobalData.

Höganäs' former president of its electro and mechanical technologies business has been appointed the company’s president for continent EMEA.

Dura Composites says that it has received Achilles BuildingConfidence advanced membership sta-tus.

America Makes says that it has received a US$1.4 million grant to help develop personal protec-tive equipment (PPE).

Researchers have developed a lightweight, multifunctional nanofiber material that can protect wearers from projectiles and extreme temperatures.

X-ray measurements have revealed how the fine-scale structure of a granular material influences the behavior of waves propagating through them.

Nonwovens association EDANA has elected new governors and a new team of officers for 2020–2021.

A UK consortium, including Northern Ireland based Creative Composites, has received a £33 million government grant to develop zero emissions ferries.

The MPIF says that its powder metallurgy sintering seminar will now be held online.

micropatterned substrate boosts perovskite light absorption

2D germanane has potential to deliver active agents directly to tumors

Composites UK and the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have published a health and safety report covering the composites industry in 2019.

Plataine has partnered with IoT specialist iSpecc Limited to increase their presence in the UK aerospace and automotive composite market.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation has released a series of videos reviewing the PM industry in North America, Europe, and Asia.

H C Starck Tantalum & Niobium has reportedly changed its name to Taniobis.

A new technique for making heterostructured materials uses ball milling to smash structurally incommensurate solids and then reassemble them.

By shining laser light onto an impure crystal, researchers were able to cool a semiconductor cantilever to at least 20°C below room temperature.

The UK government and composites organizations have launched a new initiative to develop and industrialize new sustainable composite materials.

The MPIF says that it is continuing its webinar series for its members on 15 July with a tutorial entitled ‘Powder Handling for Safety and Quality’.

Researchers have identified which pairs of atoms in a nanoparticle of palladium and platinum are the most active in breaking down car exhaust gases.

polymer fiber-reinforced bone cements stabilize dental implants more effectively after extraction

Smart medicines could generate drugs and imaging agents when they come into contact with diseased tissues

Embedding metallic nanoparticles inside ceramics could be key to exploiting their commercial potential in many applications

The UK auto industry reportedly built 55,836 engines in May, up from 830 in April, but down 75.0% on the same period of 2019.

Coventry University in the UK and engineering consultancy TWI Ltd plan to open a center to research fatigue and structural integrity.

Bindatex’s new Slitting and Sheeting business says that it has shipped its first orders of cut protective film.

Composites company AZL plans to host a webinar covering lightweight composites and AM technologies.

Royal DSM reports that its Akulon Polyamide (PA) 6 range produced in Europe will now have a reduced carbon footprint from the beginning of 2021.

UK car manufacturing output fell 95.4% in May with just 5,314 vehicles produced, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Plansee says that it has received supplier awards from three of its customers AMEC, Texas Instruments and Sony.

A light-powered metal catalyst, comprising tiny spheres of aluminum dotted with specks of palladium, can break the strong chemical bonds in fluorocarbons.

By adding fluorine to a commercially available liquid electrolyte, researchers have boosted its stability and performance in lithium-metal batteries.

MT Ortho, an Italian manufacturer of prostheses has acquired two electron beam melting (EBM) machines to 3D print its products for bone cancer patients.

Metal powder company PyroGenesis Canada has reported revenues of CAN$4.8 million in 2019, a decrease of 4%.

Scott Bader Company Ltd and the University of Liverpool have formed a joint venture to develop a polymer chemistry platform.

Innovate UK has restarted their market survey on the UK composites sector.

Materials called metal-organic frameworks can be spun into fibres to filter particulate pollutants from air

Magic-angle quantum effects in twisted bilayer graphene

Researchers have developed a family of polymer materials that come alive when hit with light – bending, rotating and even crawling on surfaces.

Farsoon Technologies and Siemens have signed an agreement to use Siemens’ software with Farsoon’s AM systems.

The organizers of the CAMX show have decided to move the event online, with a range of virtual events starting in mid-September.

Teijin Carbon Europe GmbH has increased the production capacity of chopped carbon fiber type Tenax-E HT C604 6mm by 40%.

Scientists have characterized carp scales down to the nanoscale, potentially allowing their toughness to be replicated in synthetic structural materials.

Researchers have developed smart adaptive clothing by showing that graphene can control thermal radiation from textile surfaces.

Topological insulators

Researchers have developed a new abrasion-based method for producing heterostructure devices based on 2D materials such as graphene.

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