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Materials news, August 2021

RTM specialist focuses on aerospace

Resin transfer molding (RTM) specialist Composite Integration says that it has become an official member of ADS Group.

Putnam expands facility

Putnam Plastics Corporation has completed expansion of its facility in Connecticut, USA.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has expanded its rocket facility in Los Angeles, USA, to produce space engines for NASA.

Researchers have produced carbon nanotube fibers that can act as a thermoelectric generator, able to turn heat into electricity.

Researchers have developed a new vascular metamaterial that can be easily reconfigured to modify its thermal and electromagnetic properties.

Lanxess says that has made an experimental injection mold to test the use of its materials in electrical and electronics (E&E) applications.

Metal AM company Holo has developed a 3D printer which can make finely detailed electrical components, jewelry, and medical and dental devices.

common household plant, Golden Pothos, shows unusual electrical response that could be harnessed in resistive memory devices

Improved technology for “stubborn” group of metals for thin films in electronics

Confining electrons in the one-dimensional sub-units of fibrous red phosphorous can cause this material to display strong photoluminescence.

Researchers have found a way to turn a middling monomer into a tough polymer that can still be depolymerized back to the monomer state.

Metal Powder Products (MPP) has acquired Proform Powdered Metals, a manufacturer of sintered bronze bearings, bushings and spacers.

Hexion has reported net sales from continuing operations of US$852 million, an increase of 59% compared with US$535 million in Q2 2020.

Researchers have developed nanofibers where energy can take advantage of quantum mechanics to move thousands of times faster than normal.

A novel high-temperature coating material could greatly extend the lifetime of parts made from silicon carbide in jet engines.

Höganäs has completed construction of its fine powder atomization building in Pennsylvania, USA.

GE Aviation reports that its facility in North Carolina has shipped its 100,000th turbine shroud made from ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials.

Composites UK says that many of its events from September 2021 will now be held face to face.

A new report suggests the market for composites additive manufacturing (AM) could reach US$2 billion by 2031.

New material outperforms activated carbon in aqueous environments

Researchers have developed a new high-speed spectroscopy technique for observing the structure and composition of materials, including exotic matter.

Phillips Corporation has developed a hybrid 3D printer by integrating a subtractive CNC machine tool and a laser head.

Tool design software specialist Tebis has launched a new version of its CAD/CAM software.

Bombardier reports that it has received a firm order for 10 aircraft from an existing customer representing a total value of US$451.8 million.

PANEELtec has been able to reduce weight and improve the quality of its products by using ThermHex’s thermoplastic honey-comb core.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has announced its new board of directors.

Croft Additive Manufacturing has developed a way to manufacture more effective filters using wire mesh and 3D printed metal powder.

Using kirigami, researchers have designed reconfigurable building blocks that can serve as basic units for constructing complex 3D structures.

The mineral erythrite becomes a better water-splitting catalyst over time due to its structure changing from crystalline to amorphous.

Desktop Metal has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 3D printing company ExOne for US$575 million.

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), is opening an office in Sheffield, UK.

Composites UK says that five of its 2021 webinars from are now available to watch on demand through Vimeo.

Stratasys Ltd says that it received US$147.0 million in Q2 2021, compared to US$117.6 million in the same period of 2020.

By using iridium as a metal tracer, researchers have developed a novel method for determining the structure of polynuclear coordination compounds.

BASF has opened a new laboratory for its Catamold business in Shanghai, China.

Gurit says that its unaudited net sales for the first half of 2021 were CHF 258.6 million, a decline of 8.5% compared to the same period in 2020.

The final program has been released for SpaceAM, taking place in Leicester, UK from 14-15 September 2021.

By adding organic ligands to 'stubborn' metals like tungsten and platinum, researchers have managed to evaporate them at significantly lower temperatures.

SGL says that its sales were €496.7 million in the first half of 2021, up 8.8% from €456.5 million in the same period of 2020.

Owens Corning has reported net sales of US$2.2 billion in Q2 2021, an increase of 38% from US$1.6 billion in the same period of 2020.

The MPIF has issued a call for papers for PowderMet2022 Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials Conference.

Over the past 30 years, quantum dots have progressed from scientific curiosities to becoming critical components of various emerging technologies.

A novel quantum crystal comprising 150 beryllium ions can measure electric fields with record sensitivity, potentially allowing it to detect dark matter.

Researchers have investigated whether ion adsorption in a layered material called birnessite occurs via a faradaic or non-faradaic mechanism.

Researchers have uncovered evidence that a novel superconductor exhibits a charge density wave state that creates its own magnetic field.

NASA and Northrop Grumman have finalized their contract to build the habitation module for astronauts visiting a space station orbiting the moon.

Exel Composites has appointed John Mertic as its new area sales manager for North America.

3D printing research company Elementum 3D has acquired cold spray metal additive manufacturing (AM) printing technology from Australia-based SPEE3D.

Metalysis says that it has successfully extracted oxygen from replicated moonrock (lunar regolith) containing aluminium, silicon, and oxygen.

Novel manganese complexes possess the luminescent properties and photocatalytic behavior normally associated with noble metal compounds.

By removing oxygen from polycrystalline tin selenide, researchers have produced the most efficient thermoelectric system on record.

Busch UK Ltd, part of the Busch Vacuum Solutions group, has acquired heat treatment specialist Vacuum Furnace Engineering (VFE).

Researchers at the Skoltech Center have modelled a thermoplastic composite material chaotically reinforced by short glass fibers.

America Makes has announced the winners of its US$68,000 Open-source Additive Scanning Implementation Strategy (OASIS) Challenge.

Carbon Trends is celebrating its 1st Birthday!

‘Revolutionary, green and scalable’ synthesis for high-performance carbon materials

By fabricating nanoantennas on a semiconductor surface, researchers have developed an efficient way for converting light from one wavelength to another.

heat/light-responsive hydrogel useful for soft robots that mimic the function and movement of living organisms

ASTM has announced US$10,000 scholarships to four graduate students studying fields where technical standards play an important role.

The Australian Army has reportedly extended its industry partnership with metal 3D printing company SPEE3D.

Oerlikon Group has reported a 23% sales increase to CHF 628 million in Q2 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.

The Composites Leadership Forum (CLF), a body created to promote composites, has released a new report on how the materials can improve climate change.

Researchers have developed a simplified mathematical model of a complex phenomenon in crack propagation known as the velocity jump.

Michael Ertl has been named the new head of Lanxess’ inorganic pigments (IPG) business unit.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has sponsored SpaceAM, an event focusing on materials in space applications.

Markforged has developed versions of its fiber reinforced 3D printing material to make it suitable for aerospace.

The MPIF has issued an official call for presentations for MIM2022.

Discovery of New Nonlinear Optical Materials

For the first time, researchers have confirmed that colliding electrons in strange metals obey the 'Planckian limit' and accurately measured it.

A coating could help prevent the solid-electrolyte interphase from forming pockets that disrupt electron pathways in silicon-wire lithium-ion batteries.

Markforged has appointed John Howard as its new VP of engineering.

Using machine learning, researchers have identified important features for characterizing materials that exhibit a metal-insulator transition.

For the first time, scientists have observed a new quantum state potentially related to dark matter, known as an axion insulator, in a 2D antiferromagnet.

America Makes has announced a new call for projects from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), to develop AM technologies.

Lanxess has completed its acquisition of Emerald Kalama Chemical for US$1.04 billion (€870 million), reportedly the second biggest in its history.

The organizers of Fabtech 2021 have published details of two finishing workshops taking place during the event.

A material created by mixing an amino acid with a fluorinated oil can switch between a film and a bead to remove fluorine-based pollutants from water.

As pressure is applied to manganese disulfide in a diamond anvil, it transitions from an insulator to a metallic state and then back to an insulator.

Superalloy manufacturer Aubert and Duval says that it plans to overhaul one of its heat treatment lines in its Pamiers, France, metal processing plant.

The American Flame Research Committee (AFRC) has set the date for its 2021 Annual Industrial Combustion Symposium.

Additive Industries has appointed Dave Emmett as its new Director of sales and business development for North America.

Hexcel Corporation has reported Q2 sales of US$320.3 million, compared to $378.7 million in the Q2 2020.

By producing a new liquid phase with vapor deposition, researchers have found they can create very dense thin-film glasses.

A novel technique that uses blasts of ultrasound to help recycle silver nanowires in electronic devices could work with many other nanomaterials.

The Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) has announced its 2021 award winners.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has opened a new manufacturing line for its range of nonwoven materials.

CVC Capital Partners reportedly plans to sell AOC Resins to an affiliate of private equity firm Lone Star Funds.

Burloak Technologies Inc, a division of metal manufacturer Samuel, Son & Co, has opened an additive manufacturing (AM) center in Camarillo, California.

Making self-adjusting materials systems with standard 3D printers

Contrary to previous assumptions, researchers have discovered that a 'strange metal' made of ytterbium, rhodium and silicon is a superconductor.

Injection molding specialist Techniplas says that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Nanogate Group’s core business.

Engineering Technology Corporation has appointed Marc Courteau as its general manager.

3D Systems plans to sell its medical simulation business, Simbionix, to a Swedish supplier of reality simulators for medical training.

EOS has signed a memorandum of understanding with metal powder producer Hyperion Metals Limited to help produce lower cost, reduced carbon titanium powder.

Using amyloid silk hybrid proteins, researchers have created fibers that are stronger and tougher than some natural spider silks.

Researchers have observed signs of a rare type of superconductivity known as 'spin-triplet' in magic-angle twisted trilayer graphene.

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