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Materials news, April 2021

Rotated graphene stacks up for better membranes

novel way of aligning graphene oxide sheets creates filtration membranes with improved flux and selectivity

Using embedded enzymes, researchers have produced compostable plastics that break down within a few weeks on exposure to heat and water.

inorganic compound, tantalum disulfide, possesses an unusual property that could make it ideal for nanoelectronic applications

mass distribution at the nanoscale is important for water-filtration performance

Vanden Recycling has appointed Alex Moreno March as the business development lead of its new office in Spain.

Powder manufacturer PyroGenesis Canada says that its new additive manufacturing (AM) titanum powder production line is now online.

photon avalanching in single nanoparticles doped with lanthanide ions observed for the first time

large diamond structures can be elastically deformed in a uniform and controlled way at the nanoscale

Solvay reports that the company has joined the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM).

Scientists at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new way to improve the mechanical strength of superalloys.

Steel industry expert Jon Bolton has been appointed as the chairman of the Materials Processing Institute in the UK.

Researchers have found that the 2D material MXene can make an effective, durable lubricant for use in challenging applications, like space missions.

A novel conductive n-type polymer ink that is stable in air and at high temperatures could pave the way for innovative printed electronics.

Umicore says that it expects its adjusted EBIT for 2021 to approach €1 billion, above current market consensus.

Additive Industries has appointed Mark Massey as its chief commercial officer (CCO), a new role.

Molding company Arburg has received a score of B as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Composites UK and the Advanced Composites Alliance (ACA) have become reciprocal affiliate partners of each other.

Researchers have created a new hybrid thermoelectric material in which crystalline and amorphous sublattices are intertwined.

Researchers have discovered that only part of the energy of the light absorbed by hematite photoelectrodes generates mobile charge carriers.

3D printing company VELO3D has appointed Stefan Krause, former BMW and Deutsche Bank CFO to its board of directors as audit committee chair.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Materialise has opened a new 3,500 m2 center for metal 3D printing in Bremen, Germany.

Steel company voestalpine says that it has opened two new 3D printing centers in Shanghai and Dongguan, China.

Kineco Kaman Composites India Private Limited has received two supplier awards from BAE Systems.

Polynt Composites has announced an increase of 400 €/t effective immediately on its entire range of compound products.

Chemical company INEOS says that its US manufacturing sites have been awarded certification from International Sustainability & Carbon Certification.

Arburg Inc has partnered with Würth Additive Group to distribute the company’s Freeformer additive manufacturing (AM) machines in the USA and Canada.

Researchers have discovered that migrating oxygen atoms are responsible for the unconventional ferroelectricity of hafnium-based thin films.

Using different size barium sulfate particles, researchers have produced the whitest paint ever, able to reflect up to 98.1% of sunlight.

By embedding calcium phosphate particles in resin, researchers have come up with a high-tech substitute for ivory, which can be 3D printed into parts.

Novel peptide nanofibers can help limit the damage caused by inflammatory diseases by activating key cells in the immune system.

Scott Bader says that it is celebrating its 100th anniversary, as well as its 70th anniversary of being employee owned.

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have produced crack free and dense molybdenum titanium carbide parts using electron beam powder bed fusion.

3D printing company Essentium has appointed Jeffrey Lumetta as global chief technology officer (CTO).

BASF has signed a MoU with waste management services Quantafuel and Remondis to invest in the chemical recycling of plastic waste.

By taking advantage of capillary forces, researchers have managed to change a cellular material's fundamental topology at the microscale.

in-situ optical microscopy reveals how lithium plating occurs on graphite particle anodes

By studying the discontinuous transition between two quantum magnetic phases, researchers have observed the first ever critical point in a quantum magnet.

A new report suggests that the global 3D printing market could reach US$51 billion in 2030, driven mainly by growth in production parts.

TRB Lightweight Structures reports that it has produced and shipped 25,000 parts made from its proprietary, rapid-cure prepreg material.

ExOne plans to exhibit its new Designlab metal printer and X1F sintering furnace at the 2021 AMUG conference.

GKN Automotive has appointed automotive expert Shaoling (Charlie) Qiu as the new president of its business in China.

Kyocera has added a new type to its EZ Bar tooling series suitable for inner diameter (ID) work.

EconCore has granted plastic film company Renolit a license for the continuous production of honeycomb panels.

Gurit says that its net sales for Q1 were CHF 127.7 million, a decline of 4.8% at constant exchange rates or 5.2% in reported CHF versus prior year.

Understanding the bactericidal properties of plant and animal surfaces helps improve implants

Using a technique called helium spin-echo, researchers have followed the movement of individual atoms as they cluster together to form 2D materials.

Programmable, dynamically-controlled surface of moveable metal pins helps 3D printing

Scientists have witnessed 2D puddles spontaneously emerging inside a 3D high-temperature superconductor as it transitions to an insulating state.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has named the two recipients of its 3D printing scholarships.

SLM Solutions and Safran Landing Systems have patented a new design to 3D print a nose landing gear component.

ThermHex Waben, which makes honeycomb cores for sandwich panels and parts, says that it has supplied material for 400 commercial vans.

The UK’s National Composites Centre (NCC) is taking part in a project focused on developing manufacturing and engineering training courses.

Researchers have reported the first demonstration and observation of 3D hopfions emerging from 2D skyrmions in a magnetic nanomaterial.

Researchers have developed a hyaluronic acid hydrogel system for reinforcing and then sealing damaged cartilage at joints.

Structural composites specialist Carbon ThreeSixty has joined the National Composites Centre (NCC) as a SME Affiliate Scheme member.

Höganäs says that its sustainability report for 2020 is now online.

Italian company BEAMIT Group has acquired 3T Additive Manufacturing, based in the UK.

Hexagon Digital Wave has been selected by the Antarctic Fire Department to test carbon fiber self-contained breathing apparatus cylinders (SCBA).

A novel opto-spintronic nanostructure made from layers of quantum dots can transfer information between electron spin and light at room temperature.

SLM Solutions and Elementum 3D have joined forces to develop new powders for 3D printing.

Saertex has published dates for a new webinar series covering the use of non-crimp fabrics and systems for various applications.

Höganäs and Finnish research organization VTT have partnered to find ways to reuse the zinc dust produced as waste from its melting furnace.

AOC Resins has made a price increase of €300 per ton for its entire UPR and epoxy vinyl ester range sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Researchers have shown that superactivated carbon particles can act as an alternative regenerator material to enhance the capability of cryocoolers.

Adding molecular cages to the polymer membrane in a lithium-ion battery can increase the flow of lithium ions by an order of magnitude.

The final program is now available for MarineAM, taking place from 6-7th July 2021 in Southamp-ton, UK.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has scheduled its annual meeting for 26 – 28 July at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Polynt Composites has announced a further increase of €250 starting on the entire range of its composite products.

By combining aluminum with carbon fibers, researchers have developed a rechargeable battery that can be charged and discharged up to 10,000 times.

Polymer nanoparticles that can deliver active agents to the developing lungs of a fetus could lead to treatments for congenital disorders in the future

Sandia released a new study which suggests that a new carbon fiber material could bring cost and performance benefits to the wind industry.

Renishaw reports that a collaborative additive manufacturing (AM) group it is part of has been recognized in the Collaborate to Innovate (C2I) awards.

Makin Metal Powders in the UK has achieved ISO 45001 2018 certification, the standard for management systems for occupational health and safety.

Rather than degrading over time, a water-splitting material made of silicon and gallium nitride actually becomes more efficient and stable.

The positions of tiny rigid plates integrated in a thin membrane can be controlled by mechanically varying the elastic forces in the membrane.

Technology company L&L Products has launched a thermoplastic resin with adhesive properties.

AIMPLAS says that the European DAFIA Project has resulted in flame retardants, sustainable barrier packaging, edible coatings and chemical substances.

Penn State University says that its project team has been awarded five State grants to help develop new technologies and processes in manufacturing.

3D printing company Renishaw has used metal additive manufacturing (AM) to help manufacture a new range of direct drive valves.

By using a thin palladium film to transport hydrogen atoms, researchers have developed a room-temperature superconductor that works at lower pressures.

Using atomic electron tomography, researchers have determined the 3D atomic structure of an amorphous material, specifically a metallic glass.

Wall Colmonoy has opened a center in the UK that it says offers fast metal 3D printing of small to medium parts.

Registration is now open for Powder Coating Week 2021, taking place 13–16 July 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

Hexion Inc has published its 2020 Sustainability Report focusing on safety, efficiency, sustainability and social responsibility.

Researchers have found there are three ways bubbles can form on and depart from the surface of the porous electrodes in electrochemical reactions.

Scientists have optimized a graphene-production process so that it can produce graphene from tires for use in strengthening concrete.

Sandvik Additive Manufacturing and part subsidiary BEAMIT have partnered with a Middle East 3D printing company.

GKN Aerospace has been awarded a new contract to supply electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) for the Boeing 777X family of aircraft.

DSM has completed its sale of its Resins & Functional Materials and associated businesses to Covestro AG for €1.6 billion.

Cobra reports that it has opened a new prepreg compression molding production line.

A novel electrolyte developed for lithium-air batteries could help prevent the cracking of metal alloy cathodes in lithium-ion batteries.

cerium oxide/carbon nanocomposite derived from a metal-organic framework makes an ideal anode for sodium-ion batteries

Total production of battery electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid vehicles (HEV) vehicles increased 25.3% to 23,019 units in February 2021.

Composites UK will be exhibiting at UK Construction Week, taking place from 5–7 October 2021 in Birmingham, UK.

BASF plans to increase the cost of products in its additives portfolio for plastic applications globally by up to 20%.

Enhanced ceramic materials, such as a novel bismuth-containing ceramic, could play a pivotal role in the development of 5G wireless technology.

Researchers have improved molecules known as mechanophores so they produce reversible and rapid color change when a force is applied.

Haydale has reportedly supplied a HT200 Plasma Reactor to 401 Tech Bridge, a non-profit materials development organization based in Rhode Island, USA.

Additive manufacturing (AM) specialist Essentium has appointed several new members to its leadership team.

Composites UK says that it is now welcoming entries for its 2021 Composite Industry Awards.

Australian composite company Quickstep says that it welcomed news of an AUS$1 billion domestic missile and complex weapons investment in Australia.

Rusal America, part of En+ Group, which makes aluminum powders, has joined the Neighborhood 91 center focused on additive manufacturing (AM) technology

According to the 2021 Wohlers Report, the AM industry expanded by 7.5% to nearly US$12.8 billion in 2020, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Levil Technology, The Virtual Foundry, and Sapphire3D have partnered to supply a complete metal 3D printing lab for engineers.

Using a cryogenic electron microscope, researchers have taken the first atomic-scale look at how 'calendar aging' attacks lithium-metal anodes.

Using carbon fibers, researchers have developed a structural battery that combines high levels of electrical energy storage, stiffness and strength.

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