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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


New anti-sweat material created

A new type of material has been created that, according to its developers, could put an end to unsightly underarm sweat patches.  Read More


Piezoelectric skin could give robots ability to ‘feel’

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a new type of touch-reactive material that could give robots with the ability to 'feel'.  Read More


Super strong nanofibres created by US team

Engineers in the US have developed a structural nanofibre that is both strong and tough – a breakthrough which they claim could greatly benefit the composites industry.  Read More


Process converts waste sulphur into plastic

University of Arizona scientists have found a way to convert sulphur into a lightweight plastic that can be produced easily and inexpensively on an industrial scale.  Read More


Polymer to revolutionise composites industry?

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed a high impact, high integrity resin which they claim could revolutionise the use of composites in applications ranging from lightweight automobiles to fire-resistant building materials.  Read More


Network aims to find substitutes for critical raw materials

A new network is being launched to address Europe's dependence on critical raw materials.  Read More


EPSRC earmarks £30m for advanced materials research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is to invest £30million in advanced materials research.  Read More


Gold combines with ceramic for heatshield

ThermoHold GOLD and its sister product ZircoFlex GOLD heatshield materials provide protection from both conductive and radiant heat sources thanks to Oxfordshire firm Zircotec.  Read More


Graphene aerogel claims title of world’s lightest material

A new aerogel made from graphene looks set to claim the title of the world's lightest material.  Read More


Multifunctional and aesthetical noise protection

Noise abatement is growing in importance and so is the demand for better acoustic building components.   Read More


New ‘super material’ discovered in Singapore

A new so-called wonder material that can generate hydrogen, produce clean water and even create energy has been unveiled by scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  Read More

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