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Materials news, November 2020

Researchers have developed a simplified modelling method for calculating the attractive forces that cause nanoparticles to self-assemble.

Researchers have used graphene to help analyze the behavior of strontium titanium oxide, a platform material for memristor research.

ASTM has presented its Award of Merit to Roger Lewis Brockenbrough for his contributions to its metallic-coated iron and steel products committees.

Russell Stokes has been named CEO and President of GE Aviation Services.

TRB Lightweight Structures say that it has been received an award from Cummins for its efforts to minimise the disruption caused by Covid-19.

America Makes has announced three projects it has chosen to promote additive manufacturing (AM) and improve the industry’s supply chain.

Computer simulations and X-ray analysis have uncovered new findings on the role of ionic interactions at the interface between graphene and water.

Researchers have developed a new way of making strong, supple composite polymers that closely mimic materials found in the natural world.

Moths’ eyes inspire design of antireflective coating for solar panels, smartphones and tablet computers

Researchers have developed a high-throughput method for analyzing the interactions between polymers and virus-like particles.

3D Systems report that it will sell Cimatron Ltd, a company which supplies CAD/CAM software and CNC programming software.

Senvol has been awarded a contract with the United States ARL to use its machine learning software to design additive manufacturing (AM) missile parts.

Bercella says that it has designed and manufactured the carbon fiber bodywork of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia electric race car.

Improving bioelectronics with Nafion films

A new optical imaging technology uses a glass slide covered with gold nanodiscs to detect nanoparticles as small as 25nm in diameter.

Trelleborg has launched a new high temperature, low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) composite tooling material.

NAWA Technologies has formed a new US-based company focused on industrializing advanced composite materials.

The MPIF says that its next Basic PM Short Course will take place from 18–22 January 2021, and its Virtual PM Sintering Seminar from 8–11 March 2021.

EPMA has issued a call for papers for its Euro PM2021 Congress.

Bio-based, luminescent, water-resistant wood film for lighting

huge changes in permittivity ZnO can be used to control light in advanced optical devices

Italy PM company Mimete Srl has launched two new iron-based powders: standard Duplex MARS F51 and Super-duplex MARS F53.

Sauber Engineering AG has received two new certifications for additive manufacturing (AM).

Evonik and Siemens Energy have been contracted to build a pilot electrolysis plant that uses carbon dioxide and water to produce chemicals.

AOC has today announced a price increase of €100 per ton for its entire composites portfolio sold in Europe and Middle East.

Environmentally friendly use of mussel shell waste with interesting properties

Researchers have developed a quick and easy method for assessing new compositions of perovskite materials for use in solar cells.

Australian carbon fiber manufacturer Quickstep Holdings has agreed terms to buy Boeing Defence Australia’s aerospace maintenance business.

framework evaluates how a single nanowire grows and effects of different growth factors

Researchers have discovered and characterized a new family of quasiparticles in graphene-based superlattices under an applied magnetic field.

Independent global research suggests that the use of large-scale AM has more than doubled in the past year for 70% of manufacturing companies.

Owens Corning has reported consolidated net sales of US$1.9 billion in Q3 2020, an increase of 1% from its Q3 2019 results.

SGL Carbon says that its sales revenues in Q3 2020 were €227 million, an 10% increase when com-pared to Q2 2020.

lateral interactions at different scales determine the performance of polymers fibers in composites

Researchers have found that lead-free perovskite materials are much more effective than conventional perovskites at absorbing indoor light.

The Institute for Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) received a ‘Show Stopper’ award at the IFAI Virtual Expo.

JEC has released the program for JEC Summit Sports & Health, an online event for medical and sports equipment composites manufacturers.

Kyocera says that its range of industrial precision knives is now available in Europe.

Anti-reflective coatings inspired by the biostructure of moth eyes

altering the crystal structure can induce SiGe to emit light efficiently

Metal and carbon fiber 3D printing specialist Markforged has developed Cloud-based software which it says can help improve the quality of printed parts.

A two-layer material comprising an upper layer of aerogel and a bottom layer of hydrogel makes an effective system for passive cooling.

By adding a sidechain and dopant to spherical carbon molecules, researchers have developed an efficient organic thermoelectric material.

Dura Composites has developed an online tool to help manufacturers design a step-over access structure made of glass reinforced plastic.

BASF says that, with immediate effect or as existing contracts permit, it is increasing the price of its neopentylglycol (NPG) material.

Dinnissen Process Technology says that it has renewed its ISO 27001 certification covering information security.

Researchers have developed a new form of 3D printing that works by using a nozzle of compressed gas to fire titanium alloy particles at a substrate.

Researchers have shown they can synthesize nanographene by removing hydrogen from organic molecules with an atomic force microscope.

GE Additive has formed a public-private partnership with a US state development agency to research the use of metal binder jet 3D printing.

Evonik reports that its new polyamide 12 plant in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, has been completed.

TFP plans to host a webinar covering fire protection characteristics in composites.

By coating self-assembled DNA structures with silica, researchers were able to use them as scaffolds for the construction of 3D nano-superconductors.

novel approach based on chemical vapor deposition produces forests of nanotubes 14 cm long

RTP Company reports that it has acquired a number of patents for anti-scratch additives used in engineered thermoplastics.

Researchers have developed a lead-free magnetic double perovskite, which raises the possibility of coupling spintronics with optoelectronics.

Researchers have developed a biomaterial for treating wounds that reduces scar formation by triggering an adaptive immune response.

Solvay and Composites One have negotiated the acquisition of Solvay’s Process Materials (PM) business by Composites One.

TRB Lightweight Structures has been identified as one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG’s) ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2020.

3D metal printer manufacturer Additive Industries and Makino have formed a joint project to streamline the 3D printing process.

Metalysis has been awarded an ESA contract to develop its process for the dust found on the surface of the moon and other planets.

Biomaterial approval opens citrate route to medical implants

Scientists have discovered that treating the hard calcium carbonate in mussel shells with acetic acid turns it into a soft, spongey material.

Researchers have developed a new computational approach, based on Bayesian optimization, to accelerate the design of materials.

JEC reports that its composites show, JEC World, has been further postponed from 9–11 March to 1–3 June 2021.

Markforged, which makes metal and carbon fiber 3D printers, has appointed Shai Terem as its new president and CEO.

ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) and NASA have formed an agreement to ‘support activities of common interest’.

Researchers have developed a novel method for replicating the non-reflective nanostructure of moth eyes in molds and films at large scales.

New flexible, large-area organic photodiodes can detect as little as a few hundred thousand photons of visible light every second.

Warden Schijve, former chief scientist of composites at chemicals company Sabic, has joined Aa-chen GmbH’s engineering team as design leader.

Gasbarre has appointed Keith Fleming as its business development manager for Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems.

By coating a metal mesh with a 2D material, researchers have created a heating element for desalinating highly corrosive industrial-strength brine.

Researchers have discovered that adding potassium ions to the electrolyte in lithium-metal batteries can prevent the growth of dendrites.

Teijin Limited has signed a long-term agreement to supply Safran SA with its composite materials aimed at the aerospace industry.

Chemical company Bitrez has reportedly received two innovation awards for its products.

Plansee reports that it is accepting applications for its vocational training places for school students.

Sandvik has signed an agreement to acquire US based CGTech, which makes software for numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification and optimization.

Localized surface plasmons on aluminum nanoparticles can power the conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide by graphite.

BASF has reported a decrease in sales for Q3 2020, down €745 million to of €13.8 billion when com-pared with Q3 2019.

The EPMA's 2021 Additive Manufacturing Seminar, taking place in Augsburg, Germany 10-12 May 2021, has launched a call for speakers.

SINTX Technologies, which makes silicon nitride ceramic, has received a US patent covering a variety of biomedical implants.

Researchers have found a way to construct transistors out of non-toxic quantum dots and then assemble them into functional logic circuits.

Scientists have developed a new process for converting plastic into graphene, based on applying timed pulses of AC and DC electricity.

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UK car production fell in September with output down 5%, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Theoretical research has revealed that applying pressure to a tiny spot on layers of graphene could help to turn them into 2D diamond, or diamane.

adding nanoparticles to carbon fiber composites could provide an early warning of failure

The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub plans to host a webinar focused on rapid composite processing technologies.

Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS) has appointed Suzhou Composites Co Ltd, based near Shanghai, to sell its range of OAS surface treatments.

Composite cutting specialist Bindatex says that it has increased productivity by 20% by using digital technology to manage its production data.

VELO3D has introduced a large-format 3D printer that could increase production throughput by 5X.

Sigma Labs has installed one of its AM machines at Northwestern University to develop directed energy deposition (DED) technology.

Umicore says that its full year adjusted EBIT will be around €465 million – €490 million.

improved photoresponse of vanadium dioxide make it a candidate for photodetectors

Researchers have developed chemical scissors than can cut transition metal dichalcogenides into thin, catalytic nanoribbons for splitting water.

Sigma Labs reports revenue of US$0.25 million for Q3 2020, up from revenues of US$0.17 million for Q3 2019.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has set the date for Powder Coating Week 2021.

The International Federation of Robotics says that the sales value of professional service robots increased by 32% to US$11.2 billion worldwide.

Composites UK has confirmed the Keynote Speakers for its conference on fiber reinforced composites.

Waste management company Biffa has joined an initiative aiming to create a process to chemically recycle harder grades of PET material.

EuPC has formed a partnership to develop a tool to monitor the use of recycled plastics by converters in Europe.

Temperature measurement specialist Ametek has launched a e-commerce website specifically for the German market.

Researchers have developed a novel bottom-up method for synthesizing graphene nanoribbons on a nonmetallic substrate with precision.

Researchers have found that a layered 2D perovskite is adept at storing the valley states of electrons, making it potentially ideal for valleytronics.

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