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Materials news, September 2020

Scientists have used artificial intelligence to identify a novel class of cheap, stable solid electrolyte materials made from lithium, boron and sulfur.

Auto company MAHLE says that it plans to close two German plants and adjust staffing levels in other locations in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

DSM is collaborating with 3D printing company Nedcam to develop fused granulate fabrication (FGF) 3D printing.

Self-assembling anticancer drugs

AZL Aachen GmbH is investigating market potential, future applications and relevant technologies with regards to bio-based composite materials.

Stratview Research, a market intelligence firm, has launched a new online portal to supply the composites industry with reports and whitepapers.

NASA has formed a new project to help develop ways to 3D print metal rocket engine parts using blown powder directed energy deposition.

Höganäs says that its main production sites are all up and running, following restrictions during the Covid-19 lockdown.

NIR dye-polymer fluorescent coating helps surgeons visualize medical devices in the body

By studying how strontium ruthenate responds to sound waves, researchers have discovered it may be a new type of superconductor known as g-wave.

Researchers have developed a low-cost method for fabricating thin nanoribbons of molybdenum disulfide at a large scale.

Plansee and its subsidiary Ceratizit say that it has hired 44 apprentices to start vocational training at in six different apprenticeships.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) reports that 106,398 auto engines were produced in the UK in August, with an output fall of 35.1%.

AIMPLAS says that it is coordinating a project to find a new method of recycling and reprocessing composite thermoplastic materials.

Exact Metrology has introduced the Hexagon RS6 laser scanner, which it says can scan up to 1.2 million points/second with a scan rate of 300 Hz.

By combining low-energy photons to produce high-energy excited states, researchers have developed a novel polymerization process.

Researchers have found that aluminum nanoparticles with sharper corners are better able to utilize light to catalyze chemical reactions.

Making multiferrorics magnetizable with a titanium dopant

RadiciGroup has founded a non-profit consortium to research chemical, polymer and textile technologies with a focus on sustainability.

The Technical University of Munich's carbon composites department has begun a new project covering the laser AM of carbon fiber parts.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) says that it is accepting scholarship applications for next year.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) says that its autumn seminars will now take place on a virtual platform.

A novel framework for identifying and assessing the spin textures of crystalline materials could help develop low-energy computing technology.

A new rubbery polymer semiconductor with high carrier mobility can be used to produce smart electronic skin and a medical robotic hand.

IDTechEx Research has released a summary that compares the advantages and disadvantages of different feedstocks used in additive manufacturing (AM).

Researchers have confirmed that tiny sub-nanoparticles created via the atom hybridization method can make highly efficient catalysts.

Researchers have discovered that an alloy of manganese, ruthenium and gallium can act as a super-fast magnetic switch.

By aligning them and improving their conductivity, researchers have enhanced the piezoelectric properties of peptide-based nanotubes.

A novel model for predicting and improving battery performance is 100,000 times faster than existing modeling techniques.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has issued a call for speakers for its 2021 conference.

Michigan Technological University has reportedly developed a new open-source, Web-based 3D controller.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has arranged for system manufacturers to be available for bookable 1-2-1 meetings.

Thermoset composites company IDI Composites International has appointed Eric Haiss as its new global director of automotive business development.

A machine learning approach to predicting the quality of 3D-printed bioscaffolds has revealed the importance of controlling print speed.

AIMPLAS says that it has taken part in a new project to provide EU mold manufacturers with speciality plastics training.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) is reportedly asking for volunteers to fill several executive positions on its board.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conference has become virtual, according to its organizers.

Material that can be 3D-printed into any shape and pre-programmed with reversible shape memory

Researchers have discovered that a small change in the direction of the magnetic field in a symmetrical crystal can alter its electrical polarization.

ASM International has published a new handbook covering additive manufacturing (AM) processes.

The Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group (MTDG) has appointed Joe Veranese as its new vice president.

Toray Advanced Composites has appointed Toshiyuki Kondo as its new CEO.

Finland-based coatings manufacturer Finnester Coatings Oy has joined forces with composite consultancy AMAC to grow its activities in the DACH region.

Researchers have demonstrated on computer a novel color-coding system for getting DNA to self-assemble into desired nanostructures.

Modular mask combines a barrier filtration material with a stretchable fabric for easier use

The Fraunhofer Institute have developed a new stress analysis technique which could take into account a component’s volume under tension and compression.

Small imperfections in the lenses used to focus electron microscope beams can lead to the crystal phases in 2D materials being misidentified.

Assessment of state of play of renewable and sustainable fabrics derived from fungi

PRF Composite Materials has introduced a new unidirectional glass prepreg.

3D printing company Sintavia and Siemens Digital Industries Software have joined forces to develop end-to-end additive manufacturing (AM) software.

Howco, which distributes raw material to the oil and gas industry, has purchased a metal additive manufacturing (AM) machine for a new facility in Texas.

A novel optical detection system may have shown that grain boundaries are no barrier for thermoelectrical materials, but they still can't take the strain.

Researchers have confirmed that the intrinsic magnetism in the bulk of a topological insulator can extend to the electrons at its surface.

Armacell, which makes engineered foams, has begun a project to extend its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam headquarters in Belgium.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation says that it is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award.

Researchers have uncovered the atomic mechanism that makes tin-based thermoelectric materials incredibly efficient at high temperatures.

Researchers found that cracking on the surface of an electrode particle corresponded with areas of microscopic cracking deep inside the particle.

The US Air Force has awarded Optomec a US$1 million contract to deliver a high-volume 3D printer for repairing turbine engine components.

Höganäs and Lincotek Surface Solutions have agreed to develop surface treatments for aerospace, energy, automotive and other industries.

Advanced Manufacturing International (AMI) has appointed Dr Larry Megan as its vice president (VP) of smart manufacturing.

Louise Tjeder has been appointed vice president of investor relations at Sandvik.

The organizations of the China Composites show in Shanghai, China, said that it welcomed about 600 exhibitors and over 20,000 visitors to the exhibition.

Plastics technology center AIMPLAS is coordinating a project to develop biocomposites recycling technologies for aeronautics components.

EconCore, Toray and Bostik have joined forces to develop a thermoplastic honeycomb core sandwich panel.

Jiangsu Hansu New Material Co and Sabic have developed a new range of unidirectional (UD) composite tapes made with continuous carbon fiber.

Researchers have developed a wool-derived biomaterial that can be 3D-printed into any shape and pre-programmed with reversible shape memory.

Researchers have replicated a famous painting by shining white light on a glass slide stippled with millions of titanium dioxide nanopillars.

Atoms in 2D tantalum disulfide arrange themselves into six-pointed stars that can be manipulated by light, thus altering the material's refractive index.

Adding elliptical holes to elastic materials can enhance their efficiency at converting elastic energy to kinetic energy for extreme velocity movements.

A report from Coherent Market Research suggests that the ceramic coatings market, particular for automotive, could reach US$14,536 million in 2027.

Sigma Labs and Additive Industries have allowed the latter’s MetalFAB1 3D printer to be equipped with Sigma’s PrintRite3D melt pool monitoring solution.

Scott Bader and Structural Science Composites (SSC) have signed a five-year partnership to supply of Scott Bader’s Crestapol urethane acrylate resin.

A material known as organic manganese halide can make an environmentally friendly, low-cost, flexible X-ray scintillator.

Disordered rocksalt made of lithium, vanadium and oxygen makes a safe, powerful. long-lasting anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

Wall Colmonoy’s Aerobraze business in Oklahoma City plans to hold an open day for local students on 2 October 2020.

Canadian lab equipment distributor Delta Scientific has appointed a new commercial lead.

Lanxess reports that its Tepex continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites can now be integrated in the extrusion blow molding process.

A nanocomposite made from molybdenum disulfide and reduced graphene oxide can be used to make a sensitive, stretchable gas sensor.

By probing the electronic behavior of a superconducting cuprate, researchers have uncovered evidence for quantum critical points.

A novel artificial neural network can predict the degree of water repulsion and protein adsorption by ultra-thin organic materials.

For the first time, researchers have developed a way to measure the individual solid-like and liquid-like behaviors of soft materials separately.

By combining computational modeling with experimental data, researchers have developed a novel approach for tracking ions within a 2D material.

Using liquid metal particles, researchers can make perfectly molded metallic versions of natural surfaces such as a rose petal.

Bercella has installed a carbon fiber reinforced plastic dispenser structure aboard the European Space Agency’s Vega rocket.

Engineers from the University of Delaware have developed a 3D printing technology that can make composites using continuous carbon fibers.

Paul Jones, the MD of polymer specialist Bitrez, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The organizers of 3D printing conference Formnext have moved the event, taking place from 10 November 2020, online.

Market analyst Technavio says that the prepreg market in North America could grow to US€955.83 million during 2020-2024.

A recent survey from the SMMT suggests that 44% of car buyers don’t think they’ll be ready to switch to an electrical vehicle (EV) by 2035.

Researchers have demonstrated a new approach to slowing light significantly by trapping it in a resonator made of nanoscale silicon bars.

Researchers have found a way to get nanoclusters of copper molecules to self-assemble so they can mimic biomolecules such as DNA and proteins.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw has recreated a 12th century metal candlestick to be installed in a UK cathedral.

Saertex says that it is supporting a project focusing on developing joining technology in the maritime industry.

GKN Automotive has appointed Dirk Kesselgruber as the new president of its ePowertrain division.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings has appointed Audrey McNiff to its board of directors.

Sandvik has been included as a member of the FTSE4Good Index Series in its semi-annual review 2020.

Höganäs reports that Ulf Engström has retired after 43 years at the company.

Saertex has reportedly made plans to open a new composites production site in in Ciudad Juárez, North Mexico.

By introducing isolated defects into a ferroelectric, researchers have managed to turn it into a top-performing energy-storage material.

Adding a layer of a noble metal to the surface of a semiconducting crystal changes its structure and gives it completely novel electric properties.

Composites Germany has published its 15th report covering the current state of the composite industry.

Composites Evolution has collaborated with Sheffield Hallam University and AIM Altitude to develop a nanocomposite suitable for aircraft interiors.

Nanomaterials specialist Promethean Particles says that it has developed a solvent recovery sys-tem.

For the first time, scientists created two 'time crystals' in superfluid helium-3, and observed them interacting and exchanging constituent particles.

Using a wet spinning process, researchers have produced carbon nanotube fibers that are stronger than Kevlar and almost as conductive as copper.

Optomec says that it has refurbished over 10 million gas turbine blades using its 3D printers.

CAMX 2020 has announced its program of its live and on-demand virtual conference, taking place from 22-24 September 2020.

Composites UK has announced the people nominated onto its board of directors this year by its member companies.

The NCDMM has appointed its executive vice president Gary Fleegle to succeed Dean L Bartles as CEO.

By combing organic molecules with silver electrodes, researchers have set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells.

new form of lithography can produce extremely sharp bowtie nanoantennas for improved plasmonics

Researchers have discovered that the clubs used by mantis shrimp have a uniquely designed nanoparticle coating that absorbs and dissipates energy.

SGL Carbon has appointed Thomas Dippold as its new CFO and board member with a tenure of five years.

Carbon fiber specialist Hexcel reports that composites now play an essential role in the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drone, industry.

The EPMA is offering all its print publications to everyone free of charge for a limited time.

Plansee reports that its sales dropped 10% between the 2019/2020 fiscal years, from €1.52 billion to €1.38 billion.

By utilizing zinc oxide fins, researchers have produced LEDs that can generate about 100 to 1000 times as much power as typical tiny LEDs.

A novel mathematical procedure can reduce the computational cost of modelling quantum materials via the quantum Monte Carlo method.

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