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Materials news, December 2020

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has received £355K from Innovate UK to help reduce the environmental impact of composites used in new industries.

Saertex has implemented a price increase of 5% for its glass fiber material.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) says that six new companies have joined its SME Affiliate Scheme.

BASF reports that Anup Kothari, president of its Performance Chemicals business, will assume responsibility for its Nutrition and Health division in 2021.

Inprotec MD, Chris Oldroyd, has reportedly been awarded chartered environmentalist and chartered engineer status by the IOM3.

3D Systems has launched a new initiative focused on increasing its commitment to global environmental, social, and health issues.

Organic films just a single molecule thick can make metals such as aluminum easier to cut by inducing localized embrittlement.

SLM Solutions says that its NXG XII 600 metal 3D printer can be used to manufacture parts for powertrain applications.

Mohawk College and the University of Guelph in Canada have partnered to develop a ductile iron powder mix for additive manufacturing (AM).

JEC says that its JEC Summit Sports & Health – Connect online event platform fattracted more than 1,100 professionals from 36 countries.

By realizing the quantum anomalous Hall effect in a multilayered insulator, researchers have produced a multilane highway for transporting electrons.

General Motors (AM) has opened a new 15,000 ft2 3D printing facility, called the Additive Industrialization Center (AIC).

A new report suggests that global market for 3D printing materials will be worth US$18.4 billion in 2030.

3M and Safran Cabin have formed a partnership to develop aircraft cabin interiors that can make it easier to remove of bacteria and viruses.

Researchers have discovered that 'weak' Van der Waals interactions are still sufficient to form bumps in rigid silver nanosheets.

Measurement specialist Krüss says that it has improved its website to make content more accessible and navigation easier.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) reports that UK engine output fell by 8.2% in November.

Scientists have discovered why an anomalous metallic state appears at the superconductor-insulator transition in 2D superconductors.

Researchers have developed a novel porous, carbon-based anode material that can increase the energy density of sodium-ion batteries.

Researchers have discovered that the electrons in magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene can create 'topological quantum states'.

Researchers used computer simulations to model the effects of elemental composition on the glass-forming ability of metallic mixtures.

Dow's CEO has been named as number one in a ranking of senior executives making the greatest positive impact on their companies.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company ProMake International Ltd is researching using graphene to make 3D printed medical parts.

Researchers have found that fabric coated with the conductive 2D material MXene is highly effective at blocking electromagnetic waves.

Researchers have found a new way to predict the properties of metal alloys based on reactions at the boundaries between their crystalline grains.

Composite tubing manufacturer Polygon Composites has appointed Randy Rice as its new CEO.

401 Tech Bridge has announced funding for three SME composite projects to be developed at the institution’s college of engineering.

The supervisory board of BASF SE has appointed Dr Melanie Maas-Brunner as a new member of the board.

When the thermoelectric semiconductor tin monoselenide is doped with antimony, it switches between p-type and n-type as doping increases.

Researchers have discovered that a process known as crystal gliding is responsible for damage to single-crystal, nickel-rich cathodes in batteries.

Evonik says that it has acquired a minority stake in Chinese stereolithography company UnionTech through its Venture Capital unit.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) says that its conference has been postponed until 2–6 May 2021, taking place in Orlando, Florida.

3D printing specialist Essentium has issued a new report that suggests that the use of large-scale additive manufacturing (AM) is on the up.

Desktop Metal and Trine Acquisition Corp have reportedly finalised their business combination.

The EPMA has confirmed that Euro PM2021 will take place once again online, from 18-22 October 2021.

Solvay and 3D printing company PrinterPrezz are collaborating to develop selective laser sintering (SLS) technology for implants and other medical devices.

By replicating the design of a mammal bone, researchers have improved the structural integrity of the cathode for a sodium-ion battery.

Researchers have developed a perovskite crystal that can detect gamma rays and a method to produce it in large volumes.

A team of researchers says it's time to step up efforts to find thermoelectric materials for cooling applications as well as power generation.

By using nanosheets and graphene foam in an island-bridge design, researchers have developed stretchable micro-supercapacitor arrays.

America Makes has announced three-month extension for its Open Source-Additive Scanning Implementation Strategy (OASIS) Challenge.

BASF has launched a new program to increase its avoidance of waste, reuse of products and recovering of resources, as part of the circular economy.

Hexcel Corporation says that its long-term contract with Safran has been expanded for a broader range of commercial aerospace applications.

Umicore has reported adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of around €530 million for the full year.

Improved solar energy storage using a molecular machine

Nanomaterial-based device that can heat or cool buildings

Chemicals company DSM has formed a strategic partnership with a professional cycling team.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Oerlikon has published its Q3 2020 results.

ASTM International has presented an award to Betsy L Hoppe for her contributions to ASTM’s metallic-coated iron and steel products committee.

A new flexible, rechargeable, printable silver oxide-zinc battery can provide five to 10 times more power than current lithium-ion batteries.

Single-walled carbon nanotubes can emit a delayed secondary fluorescence when triggered by a process involving dye molecules and oxygen.

Using triangular-shaped molecular building blocks, researchers have created an ultrathin porous membrane for filtering organic solvents.

Shashi S Shukla, the current President EMEA of Höganäs AB, has been appointed to the EPMA council to represent the metal powders sector.

Aubert & Duval and Mitsubishi Power have formed a new licensing partnership.

A new survey commissioned by JEC suggests that many companies are feeling positive about the future of the industry.

Composites Evolution has reportedly passed its ISO 9001:2015 quality management re-assessment.

The organizers of MarineAM, a new two-day conference focusing on materials for the marine sector, have issued a call for papers.

3D Systems has appointed Dr Vasant Padmanabhan to its board of directors.

A new tool that uses light to map out the electronic structures of 2D crystals could reveal the capabilities of emerging quantum materials.

Researchers have found that their new graphene-based heat pipe is better at cooling electronics and power systems than a copper-based heat pipe.

Chemicals company Lanxess is raising its prices for 1,6-hexanediol (HDO) to €350 per metric ton.

Composites engineering consultancy STRUCTeam has made two new specialist appointments.

Forward AM has launched a filament material comprising metal powder with a polymer binder, suitable for fused filament fabrication (FFF).

Scientists at the University of Huddersfield have researched a new hardening precipitate of a new alloy that resists particle radiation.

By switching between two different nanomaterial sheets, engineers have produced a dual-mode heating and cooling device for buildings.

A titanium atom that wants to be in two places at once is responsible for the poor thermal conductivity of the crystalline solid barium titanium sulfide.

German 3D printing company SLM has appointed Kingsbury to sell its products and services to the British and Irish markets.

Buehler which makes metallographic and hardness testing equipment, has formed a distribution agreement with OMNILAB-Laborzentrum.

Researchers developed a method to create 3D models of the fibers within composite materials, which they used to predict thermal conductivity.

Researchers have used nanosheets to create an inorganic material that can be converted from a hard gel to soft matter by changing the temperature.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that its current president, Dr George Gillespie OBE, will serve a third term in 2021.

Polynt Composites has announced a price increase of €200/ton on its full range of unsaturated polyester resin.

The NCDMM says that a new data collection process for 3D printing has been successfully demonstrated to the US Army.

BASF SE says that it plans to increase its prices in Europe for its Butanediol (BDO) products.

A magnesium battery with a new cathode and electrolyte can deliver a power density comparable to that of lithium-ion batteries.

Researchers have shown that flexible, ultrathin antennas made by spraying the 2D material MXene perform almost as well as copper antennas.

Composites One says that it will continue to distribute 3M Aerospace products, following the extension of their partnership.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Cymru in Broughton, Wales, has marked its first anniversary.

GKN Automotive says that 13 new electric vehicle (EV) models featuring its eDrive technology have entered the market.

Researchers have imbued electrons with novel properties by forcing them to travel along a serpentine path in a metal oxide nanowire.

Researchers have discovered that metal-organic frameworks need to be flexible in order to separate gases efficiently.

Moldworx has been acquired by global precision plastics manufacturer, Sunningdale Tech Ltd.

Chemicals company Lanxess has raised its prices for adipic acid to €90 per metric ton.

Jack Chapman, an embedded electronic engineering apprentice at Renishaw, has been awarded Outstanding Apprentice of the Year.

Researchers have developed an ionic liquid forcefield that prevents proteins from binding to and tagging therapeutic nanoparticles.

Researchers have revealed how defects form and become trapped in solidifying metal in a form of additive manufacturing called laser powder bed fusion.

Höganäs has expanded its powder production capabilities with the opening of a vacuum induction gas atomizer (VIGA) plant.

Researchers have developed a platform that combines a novel electrospray deposition tool with X-ray analysis for studying blended materials.

Researchers have developed an ultrafast way, based on plasma processing, to produce stable perovskite cells and assemble them into solar modules.

Kyocera Fineceramics Solutions says that its Degussit oxide ceramics have been supplied in tube form to the International Space Station (ISS).

Bindatex has been awarded an Innovate UK grant of almost £100,000 to widen the market for its 1 mm wide slitting capability.

Melrose Industries, which owns GKN businesses, says that it is trading ‘at the top end’ of the board’s expectations for 2020.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) says that its Powder Coating Week event will move from February to 27 – 30 April 2021.

The SMMT reports that there was a decline in UK engine manufacturing in October 2020, with output declining by 20.1%.

Lucy Houchin has been appointed to the board of directors of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

Consultancy company AMAC has agreed to help launch products manufactured by Fibercoat GmbH, a supplier of coated fibers for composite and shielding.

Researchers have directly visualized quantum dots in bilayer graphene, revealing the shape of the quantum wave function of the trapped electrons.

A novel AI algorithm called CAMEO was able to discover a potentially useful new material without requiring additional training from scientists.

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