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Materials news, September 2021

New nano semiconductor materials show promise

Synthesis of molecular nano “spheres” with potential for semiconductors

Tomas Eliasson, chief financial officer (CFO) of Sandvik has decided to leave his position after more than five years in the Group.

Materialise, which creates additive manufacturing (AM) software, has reported a total revenue increase of 33% to €50,713K for Q2 of 2021.

Researchers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and materials specialist Arkema have developed a bicycle helmet made of reinforced thermoplastic.

EconCore has received a sustainability label for its recycled polyethylene tetraphyte (PET) honeycomb sandwich material.

The Composites Leadership Forum (CLF) has announced that Craig Carr, technology director of Inte-grated Composite Structures, is its new chair.

Hexcel and Italy-based HP Composites, which makes composite components, have partnered to develop carbon fiber body panels for automotive and motorsports.

The EPMA has made available its Virtual Congress & Exhibition Guide.

3D printing company Materialise has developed a version of its software for dental labs.

Sigma Labs, which makes quality assurance software for additive manufacturing (AM), has appointed of Jacob Brunsberg as senior vice president.

A range of composite companies plan to present live demos of their processing technology during CAMX 2021.

Höganäs in Belgium has begun a new large-scale solar project that involves the installation of almost 30,000m2 of solar panels.

Researchers have developed a novel method for getting thin layers of different materials, including perovskites, to self-assemble into large crystals.

Researchers have developed a theoretical model that can rapidly determine the strength of high-entropy alloys at high temperatures.

Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings, operated by Penn State and Rice Universities, secures $1.5 million in Phase II funding from NSF

shape-changing nanomaterial kills non-small cell lung cancer cells and improves the efficacy of anticancer drug cisplatin

While searching for novel superconductors, researchers unexpectedly discovered a 2D material with an unusually high ionic conductivity.

Subjecting combinations of oils with different conductivities to an electric field causes them to adopt unusual shapes and patterns, like square droplets.

Collins Aerospace has been selected to deliver NP2000 propeller systems with composite blades for US Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve aircraft.

UK rocket manufacturer company Gravitilab is working with the NCC to design new composite flight structures for its range of suborbital launch vehicles.

The MPIF has announced the winner of its 2021 Howard I Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper Award.

The organizers of ASEAN Ceramics say that the next event will take place from 30 November to 2 December 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The MPIF has issued a call for papers for PowderMet2022 and AMPM2022.

The organizers of ceramitec say that its September 2021 conference attracted around 300 participants from 18 countries.

Textechno says that a test method implemented in its DRAPETEST automatic drapability tester has now been standardized as ISO 21765.

GKN Aerospace has delivered its first fixed trailing edge (FTE) demonstrator for Airbus’ Wing of Tomorrow (WoT) program.

Using ultrafast laser pulses, researchers were able to observe subtle transitions between the insulating and conducting properties of chromium oxides.

By applying strain to a monolayer semiconductor, researchers managed to produce chiral valley-polarized light at room temperature.

Using a novel gel, engineers can grow tiny replicas of the pancreas called pancreatic organoids, using either healthy or cancerous pancreatic cells.

Researchers have developed a novel etching process for fabricating features and patterns on 2D materials like graphene at near atomic resolution.

SGL Carbon has invested around US$10 million to modernize porous and extruded graphite production at its site in Morganton, North Carolina, USA.

Aluminum specialist Alcoa Corporation has reported revenue of US$2,833 million in Q2 2021, up from US$2,148 in the same period of 2020.

Solvay has completed installation of a new thermoplastic composites (TPC) manufacturing facility at its facility in Greenville, South Carolina.

Researchers have discovered a universal descriptor for indicating which electrolytes are best paired with organic actives in redox flow batteries.

When cesium, copper and zinc oxide are brought together in a certain configuration they can catalyze the conversion of carbon dioxide to ethanol.

Ru-bix, a specialist manufacturer of thermoset tooling boards, has developed a new chemical formula for its 1200 density board.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has published the findings of a survey about the heavy-duty vehicle supply chain.

A GKN joint venture (JV) has been awarded a contract from Saab to make electrical interconnection systems (EWIS) for the Boeing-Saab T-7A trainer aircraft.

BASF says that it has achieved sales growth of 56% from €12.7 billion to €19.8 billion in Q2 2021.

3D printing company MakerBot says that Lockheed Martin has extended its use of 3D printers to produce parts and designs for upcoming space projects.

3D Systems says that it had revenues of US$162.6 million for Q2 2021, an increase of 44.1% compared to the same period last year.

Scott Bader has launched Crestaform, a new range of 3D printing resins for individual consumers and businesses.

A study that revealed previously unrecognized properties of silicon crystals also uncovered new information about neutrons and a fifth force of nature.

By synthesizing the first 1D cuprate that can be doped, scientists have uncovered an unexpectedly strong nearest-neighbor attraction between electrons.

A strong interaction between electrons and phonons in a novel superconductor causes the electrons to flow like water in a pipe.

Inspired by cell membranes, novel polymer membranes can separate fluoride from chloride and other ions with twice the selectivity of other methods.

GKN Aerospace has appointed David Paja as its new CEO.

Plansee says that weak demand from its key industries led to a 6% decline in sales in the past 2020/21 fiscal year from €38 bn to €1.29 bn.

Scott Bader has officially offset its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions with the World Land Trust (WLT).

Researchers have improved their carbon membranes for isolating para-xylene and shown how changes to its structure can greatly increase productivity.

Researchers have enhanced the brightness and stability of light-emitting perovskite nanocrystals by encapsulating them in metal-organic frameworks.

GE reports an increase in total Q2 revenues of $18.3 bn, a 9% increase over the same period in 2020. Total orders were US$18.3 billion, a 33% increase.

Sandvik’s interim report shows an increase in organic revenues by 22%, to SEK 23,460 million.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) in the UK has released details of its research programs over the next two years.

Hexcel has been awarded a multi-year contract to produce aerospace structures for the Boeing 777X twi engine jet.

By combining quantum dots and gold nanoparticles with molecular glue, researchers have created a tiny camera for observing chemical reactions.

Using a novel microscopy technique, researchers have discovered an unexpected arrangement of electrons in an iron-based superconductor.

Höganäs has reportedly partnered with KBM Advanced Materials to sell and distribute metal powders for AM and MIM.

Notus Composites has developed a new low temperature curing prepreg system.

ThermHex Waben and its UK distributor will be showcasing its honeycomb core technology at Advanced Engineering 2021.

Cutting tool specialist Kyocera says that it plans to exhibit its products at EMO 2021, taking place from 4–9 October 2021 in Milan, Italy.

Researchers have discovered how to get cheap commercial silica nanocages to trap noble gases like argon, krypton and xenon.

Researchers used neutron time-of-flight spectrometry to probe the magnetic properties of a stack of two sheets of 2D chromium triiodide.

3D Metalforge has partnered with oil company Par Pacific Holdings to identify parts for oil and gas that could be processed using 3D printing.

Optomec has reported supplied five aerosol jet 3D electronics printers to an OEM manufacturer, bringing its total to 15 systems.

Composites UK says that its first International Composites Summit (ICS) attracted 600 people each day and 46 visiting exhibitors during the event.

By anchoring individual iridium atoms to a surface, scientists have produced a highly effective catalyst for splitting water to generate oxygen.

By encasing a liquid metal alloy in a hydrogel, researchers have produced a material that can convert movement into electricity when dry or wet.

BASF has completed its purchase of 49.5% of the Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm from Swedish multinational power company Vattenfall.

The EPMA says that the World PM2022 Congress & Exhibition will take place in Lyon, France from 9 to 13 October 2022.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and Hyundai have partnered to research ways to improve electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing.

Researchers have used field-effect transistors with diamond channels to investigate the electric double layer effect in solid electrolytes.

By utilizing silver terraces as a substrate, engineers have, for the first time, managed to create a double layer of atomically flat borophene.

A pilot project focusing on improving wind blade finishing has reached a successful conclusion.

Metal 3D printing company Velo3D has expanded the number of seats on its board of directors.

Rob Wildeboer and Keith Spencer have been appointed to Equispheres’ board of directors.

IDI Composites says that it has received certification covering quality control standards in automotive.

By inserting molecular spacers between the layers in a graphite anode, researchers have created sufficient space for sodium ions.

A novel rechargeable battery that uses sodium-chlorine chemistry can store up to six times more charge than current batteries.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have received funding to investigate ways to join and repair composite and hybrid structures.

A new materials research center has opened at The University of Manchester, UK.

By applying mechanical strain to a 2D semiconductor, researchers were able to get it to emit light, rather than heat, with near 100% efficiency.

By developing conducting carbon nanotube threads, researchers have been able to product shirts that can monitor the hearts of wearers.

3D Systems reports that Scalmalloy and M789 alloys are now available for manufacture on its range of metal 3D printers.

ASTM International says that its October Committee Week meetings in Atlanta, GA, are now moving online.

Plastics research center Aimplas says that it had €14.6 million revenue at the end of 2020, a 10% in-crease over 2019.

Toray Advanced Composites has developed a process which can make large thermoplastic composite parts at deposition rates of up to 4000 inches per minute.

By producing large, high-quality bismuth iodide crystals, researchers have shown these crystals can act as two different types of topological insulator.

Properties of bamboo inspire more efficient battery electrodes

Recently formed company Thermal Management Solutions Group has appointed Dirk Becker as its vice president of sales, marketing and engineering.

US additive manufacturing (AM) company Velo3D has appointed two new senior executives based in Europe.

Biesterfeld Plastic has appointed Steen Jensen as the general manager of its Scandinavian subsidiary Biesterfeld Nordic.

Lanxess says that it is raising the prices of its inorganic pigment products worldwide with immediate effect.

"Carbon-based materials for electrocatalysis: tailored functionalities towards activity and selectivity"

Researchers have developed a model for predicting how the compositions of catalytic metal alloys and oxides affect their electronic structures.

By crosslinking lignin from wood within a 3D polymer network, researchers have produced a new sustainable phosphorescent material.

FET, a UK company which supplies textile machinery, has completed the installation and commissioning of a spunbond system for the University of Leeds.

Siemens Gamesa plans to expand its offshore blade factory in Hull, UK by 41,600 m2.

UK demand for electric vehicles increased in August, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has named its 2021 scholarship recipients.

Lightweight multifunctional alternatives made from natural resources could mitigate waste problems associated with non-biodegradable materials

Researchers have found that twisting the layers of bilayer graphene influences the movement of electrons by altering the spacing between the layers.

Lanxess has developed hollow-profile hybrid technology incorporating metallic hollow profiles and fiber reinforced plastic.

Composites UK will be presenting at a webinar hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

ExOne Company and Fraunhofer Institute have partnered to develop binder technology suitable for 3D printing reactive materials.

Powder specialist PyroGenesis Canada has reported revenues of f CAN$8,280,572, an increase of 289% from CAN$2,128,454 in Q2 2020.

The global plastic resins market could reach US$982.3 billion by 2028, according to a new report.

Researchers have developed a new nanoengineered hydrogel-based bioink for printing 3D, anatomically accurate, multicellular blood vessels.

By pairing metal halide perovskites with conventional silicon, researchers have produced a solar cell with a record-breaking efficiency of almost 30%.

BASF’s 3D printing business, Forward AM has opened a new additive manufacturing technical center) in Shanghai, China.

Desktop Metal has qualified the use of 316L stainless steel for its machine shop 3D printer.

BASF and auto company Grupo Antolin have developed a reinforced plastic car sunroof frame which they say is lighter than traditional steel.

DuPont Mobility & Materials has been named a finalist in the annual R&D100 Awards for two of its products in the mechanical/materials category.

Microplastics shown to stress cell membranes through physical processes

By utilizing a ferroelectric layer to overcome the ion problem, researchers have managed to create transistors made from metal-halide perovskites.

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