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Graphene used to create 'smallest' FM radio transmitter

Engineers from New York's Columbia University have created a nano-mechanical system that can create FM radio signals.  Read More


Engineered surfaces are ‘most water-resistant ever’

Taking inspiration from nature, researchers in the US have engineered what they believe are the most super-hydrophobic surfaces yet.  Read More


Polymer coating used to create ‘self-healing’ battery electrode

In a breakthrough which could significantly extend the lifetime of Li-ion batteries, researchers in the US have created a battery electrode that can 'heal itself'.  Read More


Thermal filler increases polymer conductivity by 25%

Finnish materials company Carbodeon has developed a new thermal filler that is said to increase the conductivity of thermally conductive polymers by 25%.  Read More


Carbyne material is ‘world’s strongest’

Move over graphene, researchers at Rice University have uncovered a new material which they believe is the world's strongest.  Read More


Process turns waste plastic bags into high tech nanomaterial

Scientists in Australia have found away to turn waste plastic bags into carbon nanotube membranes, ultra strong and highly sophisticated materials with a variety of potential applications, including filtration, sensing and energy storage.  Read More


Rheology equipment given boost

Material testing equipment manufacturer Instron has developed a series of Rheology systems to determine the melt flow rates of materials.   Read More


Flexible PV enters production

A production partnership between two Austrian companies could soon see the production of a flexible photovoltaic film. Forster Verkehrs and Crystalsol are to produce a new type of flexible photovoltaic film based on a crystalline semiconductor powder.  Read More


Discovery paves way for stronger, more eco-friendly cement

Researchers in Denmark have found a way to make the world's most popular building material stronger and more eco-friendly.  Read More


Ultra strong, eco-friendly building material

An Australian company called Zeo has developed and patented an ultra strong, eco-friendly building material, using only water and cellulose.  Read More


Funding boost for advanced composite materials

The EPSRC has awarded a £3.3million grant to the University of Southampton for the development and manufacture of advanced composite materials.  Read More


Coating offered as non-toxic alternative to HCP

A new coating has been created which, according to its developers, provides comparable or better performance to hard chrome with none of the environmental issues.  Read More


Carbon nanotubes set to significantly improve battery life

Researchers at North Carolina State University in the US have created a flexible nano-scaffold for rechargeable lithium ion batteries. It's hoped the development could help mobile phone and electric car batteries last longer.  Read More


Artificial spider silk is as strong as steel

A Japanese start up called Spiber has developed an artificial spider silk which it claims is equal to steel in tensile strength yet as flexible as rubber.  Read More


Hydrogel set to find use in soft robotics

Researchers at North Carolina State University are taking the development of soft robotic devices to a whole new level with electrically-charged hydrogels that can be patterned, folded and used to manipulate objects.  Read More


'Super black' coating to revolutionise aerospace industry?

UK firm Surrey NanoSystems has utilised its know-how in nanotechnology processing to deposit the world's blackest material on lightweight, temperature-sensitive substrates.  Read More


Antifreeze material could cut cost of solar cells

Cheaper, more environmentally friendly solar cells could be on the way thanks to a new antifreeze material discovered in the US.  Read More


Coating could replace hard chrome in aerospace applications

Hardide Coatings has successfully completed the first of two test phases to approve its new hard facing coating on an application for AgustaWestland.   Read More


Zinc coating could cut cost of next gen solar cells

Oxford University researchers have won a £25,0000 prize to develop a coating with the potential to reduce the manufacturing costs of next generation solar cells.  Read More


Fire-retardant coating developed for rubber

Trelleborg Industrial Solutions has launched DragonCoat, an innovative fire-retardant coating for rubber components.  Read More


Polymer could be used to detect IEDs

Researchers in the US have created a fluorescing polymer that can quickly and safely detect trace amounts of RDX, a chemical that's often the key ingredient in improvised explosive devices (IEDs)  Read More


Flexible concrete canvas up for major engineering gong

A flexible fabric that turns into industrial-strength concrete when water is applied has been shortlisted for this year's MacRobert technology prize.  Read More


New fluid-repellent paper discovered

Researchers in the US have created a new type of paper that repels almost any liquid – including water and oil.  Read More


Hydrogel bends in response to light

Engineers in the US have taken inspiration from nature to create a hydrogel that flexes in response to light.  Read More


Polymer opals could help to detect counterfeit notes

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have taken inspiration from natural gem stone opals to develop a flexible polymeric material that changes colour when twisted or stretched.  Read More

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