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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


Materials cut powder waste for 3D printing

EOS has introduced two new powder materials for 3D printing of plastic components that it says have ecological compatibility, high technical performance and low manufacturing costs.  Read More


New material could make carbon capture more efficient

Researchers at the University of South Florida and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have discovered a more efficient, less expensive and reusable material for CO2 capture and separation.  Read More


Silicone rubber exhibits both viscous and elastic properties

University of Virginia physicist Lou Bloomfield has created a new type of silicone rubber called Vistik that is malleable enough to take on any shape when pressed, but still resilient enough to regain its original shape.  Read More


Study of remora fish could lead to new adhesives

Engineers in the US have taken inspiration from the way remora fish attach themselves to predators to develop a new type of adhesive.   Read More


Superhydrophobic coating repels almost any liquid

Ultra-tech, a Florida-based containment provider for chemical clean-up and waste management, has developed a super-hydrophobic and oleophobic coating that can repel almost any liquid.  Read More


Competition aims to support sustainable materials innovation

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £5million in collaborative R&D projects that encourage the development and application of sustainable materials, products and processes.  Read More


Shark skin coating could reduce aircraft drag

Researchers in Germany have developed a technique to emboss the structures of shark skin into aircraft paints.  Read More


Heat activated smart materials to debut in 2014 Corvette

Chevrolet has revealed its intentions to incorporate heat activated smart materials into the 2014 Corvette.  Read More


New material captures and releases trapped CO2

A new material developed at Australia's Monash University is capable of absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide, and then releasing it when exposed to sunlight.  Read More


Novel material dislodges bacteria from ship hulls

Duke University engineers have developed a material that can be applied like paint to the hull of a ship to dislodge bacteria.   Read More


Bio-inspired fibres change colour when stretched

Materials scientists from the University of Exeter have developed colour tunable, photonic fibres that change colour when stretched, a breakthrough which they believe could lend itself toward smart fabrics that visibly react to heat or pressure.  Read More


UK coatings specialist secures TSB funding

Oxfordshire-based firm Hardide Coatings has secured a £250,000 grant from the Technology Strategy Board to commercialise a new hardfacing coating for the drilling industry.  Read More


Metamaterials used to create lens-less imaging system

Duke University engineers have used metamaterials to create a cheap, ultra efficient imaging sensor that doesn't require a lens to generate a picture.  Read More


Nanoscale coating repels almost any liquid

A nanoscale coating that causes almost any liquid to bounce off surfaces treated with it has been developed by a team from the University of Michigan.  Read More


UK ‘falling behind’ in global graphene race

Research from UK firm CambridgeIP shows that most research into the wonder material graphene, and the resulting patents, are now going abroad.   Read More

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