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Materials news, October 2021

The organizers of SportAM, the Advanced Materials for Sport Conference, have published the final program for the event.

Graphene additives for composites

Graphite specialist NeoGraf Solutions has launched a new range of graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) and graphene precursors (GP).

biological molecules known as peptides can be used to synthesize photothermal Au nanoplates under mild conditions

Using a new material, researchers have created a spatial light modulator that can change its optical properties in response to electric signals.

The MPIF has elected Rodney Brennen, vice president of Metco Industries, as its 31st president, succeeding North American Höganäs’ Dean Howard.

Empire Offshore Wind has named wind turbine specialist Vestas as the preferred turbine supplier for two offshore wind projects in New York, USA.

Elastic polymer conflict resolved to help reduce plastic pollution

tissue-like sheets of human tendon cells and magnetic nanoparticles enable the study of the effects of inflammation in tendon disorders

Optomec says that it has supplied an additive manufacturing (AM) machine to a company in the aviation engine maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) market.

Hexcel plans to showcase a range of its composite materials at CAMX 2021, taking place from 19-21 October in Dallas, Texas.

The Institute for Textile Technology and R&D company ITA Technologietransfer GmbH have formed a partnership to promote fiber-related research.

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the construction industry

By utilizing two-photon polymerization, researchers have developed a technique for printing intricate nanostructures of crystal or glass.

Researchers have discovered that the organic molecules in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites can actually hamper their photovoltaic efficiencies.

The EPMA says that its Euro PM Congress & Exhibition was a successful online event.

Researchers at Texas A&M University have used machine learning to help improve the quality of laser bed powder fusion 3D printed parts.

TRB Lightweight Structures has made a composite under-vehicle protection plate that it says can improve impact absorption while decreasing weight.

Researchers have designed a topological insulator in which the transmission of microwave photons can survive unprecedented levels of disorder.

Understanding how the mechanism by which mussels produce their glue

Spirit AeroSystems has opened its National Defense Prototype Center (NDPC).

GKN Aerospace has opened its new Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Bristol, UK.

Lanxess says that it is imposing temporary inflation surcharges for its inorganic pigments worldwide with immediate effect.

Czech company CompoTech is showcasing its processing technologies at the Advanced Engineering 2021 show, taking place from 3–4 November in Birmingham, UK.

Swedish research institute RISE is opening an application center for additive manufacturing with industrial and academic partners.

America Makes has announced a new project call worth US$1m from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

The MPIF announced the winner of its 2021 Tungsten, Refractory & Hardmaterials Conference best paper award.

By melding small quasicrystals together, researchers have been able to synthesize large quasicrystals without any grain boundary imperfections.

By applying strain to a multiferroic material, researchers have discovered an exotic new state with a much higher electromechanical response.

Researchers have developed a novel metasurface that employs deep, narrow holes, rather than very tall pillars, to focus light to a single spot.

A novel machine-learning model that understands symmetry in materials can, for the first time, search an unstructured image database and identify trends.

3D printing institute America Makes has appointed Kimberly Gibson as its first ecosystem director.

ASTM International has published the program for its International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (ICAM 2021).

Metyx's multiaxial glass fiber fabric is now safe to use in reinforced (GRP) drinking water pipes and GRP potable water storage systems.

Queen's University Belfast has reportedly relaunched its Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE).

Powder producer Equispheres has appointed Thomas Bloor as its new head of global business development.

Emma Lefdal has been appointed vice president for marketing and corporate communications at PM manufacturer Höganäs.

UK-based distributor Easy Composites has established a new European subsidiary, following the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU).

3D printing company CRP Technology has made the structural part of a new range of track shoes as a single unit using carbon fiber reinforced composite.

Researchers have uncovered evidence that grain boundaries in polycrystalline materials don't move as expected when they're heated.

Researchers have developed a composite fabric, incorporating a metal-organic framework, that can deactivate both biological and chemical threats.

Umicore has signed two five-year agreements to be supplied lithium by mining companies Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd and Vulcan Energy Resources.

Future Materials Group (FMG) will be running a number of sustainability consultation sessions during the Advanced Engineering show.

Gurit has reported net sales of CHF 360.9 million for the first nine months of 2021, a decline of 17.6% compared to the same period of 2020.

Using machine learning and a form of atomic force microscopy , researchers have mapped the polarization pattern in ferroelectric materials.

By developing a way to highly entangle polymer chains, researchers have managed to produce an elastomer that is both stiff and tough.

GE will reportedly invest up to US$100 million over ten years to the next ten years to increase the diversity of young people in engineering.

ASTM's next Standards Forum will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on 15 November 2021, in conjunction with the Formnext 2021 show.

Fabricating chalcogenide glasses as nanowires can extend their use into the visible and ultraviolet parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Researchers have found an excellent bifunctional catalyst, containing platinum and lead, for the oxygen electrode in a unitized regenerative fuel cell.

Stretching a 2D material called strontium titanate causes crystalline defects to organize into periodic structures that enhance its electronic properties.

Researchers have adapted a flash Joule heating method for producing graphene so it can instead recycle valuable metals from electronic waste.

The MPIF says that the proceedings of its PowderMet2021, AMPM2021 and Tungsten, Refractory & Hardmaterials 2021 conferences are now available for purchase.

Harper International has launched a new lab-scale rotary furnace which can process materials on a smaller scale.

Hexcel Corporation has begun construction of its Center of Research & Technology (R&T) Excellence located in West Valley City, Utah.

By engineering electron donor and electron acceptor materials, researchers can overcome a key loss mechanism in organic solar cells.

Researchers have discovered a complex landscape of electronic states that can co-exist on a novel non-magnetic kagome superconductor.

Lanxess has developed a new composite made from natural flax fibers and bio-based polylactic acid.

Technology company Schunk has opened two new innovation center in the towns of Reiskirchen and Heuchelheim, Germany covering ceramics and carbon fibers.

The MPIF has released details of a new self-study course covering powder metallurgy and particulate materials processing.

The MPIF’s 2021 metal AM outstanding technical paper award has been given to the authors of ‘Electrostatic Charging and its Impact on Powder Flowability’.

Airbus says that its second European Service Module (ESM) for NASA’s Orion spacecraft has been manufactured.

Austria-based Action Composites has announced its acquisition of thyssenkrupp Carbon Components (tkCC) GmbH.

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have researched alternative shapes to the Gaussian beams commonly used in 3D printing.

Air Belgium has taken delivery of the first of two A330-900 aircraft from Airbus.

Thermoset composite company Norplex has opened a new manufacturing center for prepreg manufacture in Manhattan, Montana.

The MPIF says that a NSF grant will be provided to some students to attend its PowderMet2022 and AMPM2022 conferences, taking place in Portland, Oregon.

A new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says that vehicles as the UK’s single most valuable goods trade export.

Researchers have shown that with a bit of strain and a weak magnetic field they can drive the electrons in strontium niobate to the extreme quantum limit.

A stack of crystalline monolayers with random alignments has excellent heat conductivity in one direction and excellent insulation in the other direction.

Researchers have been able to create superior metal parts with fewer defects by refining a 3D-printing method called laser powder bed fusion.

Researchers used liquid gallium to create a copper-based antiviral and antimicrobial coating for various fabrics, including facemasks.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that 32,721 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) were registered in September.

3D printing specialist EOS is running a free short webinar covering ways to access UK government support for additive manufacturing (AM) projects.

Sabic has opened a new polypropylene (PP) compounding line in Genk, Belgium.

Charles Ross & Son Co says that its ribbon blenders for multi-phase mixing now come with an optional pressure feed vessel.

Colloidal crystals that mimic the nanostructure of opals can visibly and continuously document the temperature in the environment over a defined period.

A device comprising a 2D hybrid metal halide layered with a ferromagnetic metal can generate terahertz radiation from an an ultrafast spin current.

By combining a solid-state electrolyte with an all-silicon anode, researchers have produced the first silicon all-solid-state battery.

An even faster version of the fast-imaging tomography process for materials can produce a record-breaking 1000 3D tomograms per second.

Vertical Aerospace has appointed Harry Holt as its chief operating officer (COO).

Injection molding specialist Engel Mexico has appointed Emilio López as its new managing director (MD).

3D printing company America Makes has postponed its in-person Members Meeting and Exchange (MMX) event.

ASTM says that its November and December Committee Week meetings planned to take place in Atlanta, Georgia, will now be online.

AOC has announced a price increase of $0.10/lb for all its products sold in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Latin America.

GaN-on-diamond shown to be innovative semiconductor material for first time

Researchers have shown how learning can be mimicked in a nickel oxide insulator by varying external stimuli.

Trelleborg reportedly plans to extend its manufacturing operations in Russia, Vietnam, Japan, and Morocco.

Metallurgy company SSI Sintered Specialties has reportedly acquired two metal binder jetting machines from 3D printing specialist ExOne.

Metal reclamation company 6K Additive has launched a range of refractory metal powders for 3D printing.

Hard materials specialist Hyperion Materials has acquired GLE Precision, a Michigan-based manufacturer of high-precision small parts.

The EPMA has set the date for a two-day metal injection molding (MIM) conference located at the headquarters of Arburg GmbH in Loßburg, Germany.

Polynt has announced a further increase of €150 on its entire range of composites products.

Lanxess has appointed Steven Thompson as its new UK managing director (MD).

SGL Carbon has installed a photovoltaic (solar panel) system on the roof of its manufacturing plant in Ort im Innkreis, Austria.

Researchers have created a collaborative artificial intelligence tool that reduces the time and effort required to discover truly new materials.

A new measurement technique has revealed that a single carbon fiber is more electrically conductive in the direction parallel to its length.

3D-printed cheap and portable ventilators to combat Covid-19

calculations identify diffusion paths of Se in CdTe, boosting thin film solar cell efficiency

UK factories made 81,266 engines last month, a decline of 23.6% companied to August 2020, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is running two autumn courses covering powder coating and liquid coating.

Members of the SAM project, which focuses on 3D printing skills, have set the date for a free webinar covering the AM requirements of different sectors.

Researchers from Skolkovo Institute have been investigating pultruded composite materials in terms of their shape memory behavior.

Researchers have developed a computational model that can accurately determine the effect of sputtering on complicated, rough surfaces.

Researchers have shown that the odd harmonics of light can be used to study twisted, or chiral, nanoparticles and molecules.

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