Materials in Production News

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11/10/2012

Superabsorbent material a solution to oil spills?

Researchers have developed what may be a 'complete solution' to cleaning up oil spills — a superabsorbent material that soaks up 40 times its own weight in oil and can then be shipped to an oil refinery and processed to recover it.  Read More

28/09/2012

NASA develops ultra strong aerogel for automotive industry

NASA has developed a new mechanically robust polyimide aerogel that it claims is up to 500 times stronger than conventional aerogels.   Read More

27/09/2012

Objet offers 100-plus 3D printing materials

Objet has expanded its range of 3D printing materials to over 100. The rapid prototyping specialist has announced 39 new 'Digital Materials' that will be available on its Objet Connex range of multi-material 3D printing systems.  Read More

27/09/2012

Huntsman enhances production

Huntsman has developed faster processing and reduced production cycles to focus on high-performance chemistries to enable more efficient manufacturing techniques and increase the penetration of composites in to the automotive sector.  Read More

25/09/2012

Porous material could help fight against greenhouse gases

A new low-cost material that could help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from fossil fuel-burning power plants has been discovered by a team from the University of Nottingham.  Read More

24/09/2012

New thermoelectric material is 'world’s most efficient'

Northwestern University researchers have discovered a new thermoelectric material which they claim is the best in the world at converting waste heat to electricity.  Read More

13/09/2012

Synthetic materials have 'world's highest' surface area

A team from Northwestern University has broken a new world record by creating two new synthetic materials with the greatest amount of surface area reported to date.  Read More

12/09/2012

Smart fabric designed to detect intruders

Researchers have developed a new kind of anti-theft system based on a woven fabric that triggers an alarm when penetrated by intruders.   Read More

07/09/2012

Self-healing material could replace damaged cartilage in joints

Harvard University researchers have created an extremely stretchy and tough hydrogel that could pave the way to replacing damaged cartilage in human joints.  Read More

24/08/2012

Construction begins on new plastics development facility

Plastics manufacturer Luxus is building a new facility which will be used to develop high performance materials, many of which are destined for major automotive clients.  Read More

07/08/2012

Manchester to lead BP's £60million advanced materials centre

BP is to establish a £64million international research centre at the University of Manchester, aimed at developing advanced materials for a range of energy and industrial applications.  Read More

26/07/2012

Anti-graffiti film developed for rail industry

UK firm 3M has developed a new anti-graffiti surface protection film for the rail industry.  Read More

16/07/2012

Bio-inspired 'smart' materials can self-regulate

Self-powering smart materials that are able to mimic the human body's ability to regulate itself have been developed by engineers in the US.  Read More

13/07/2012

Aerographite material is ‘world’s lightest’

The world's lightest solid material has been touted by a team from the Technical University of Hamburg and the University of Kiel in Germany.  Read More

12/07/2012

Graphene undergoes self-repairing process

Breakthrough research carried out by researchers at Manchester University has revealed that holes in the 'wonder material' known as graphene can be repaired through exposure to loose carbon atoms.  Read More

05/07/2012

Electrically conductive gel holds promise for next gen medical sensors

Researchers at Stanford University in the US have engineered an electrically conductive gel that is quick and easy to make, can be patterned onto surfaces with an inkjet printer and demonstrates 'unprecedented' electrical performance.  Read More

02/07/2012

Graphene sheets could filter water more efficiently than existing methods

Researchers at MIT have developed a new approach for water desalination using graphene as a filtration material.  Read More

29/06/2012

Clay-based coating could usher in new generation of green flame retardants

A new thick-forming, clay-based coating that could lead to a new generation of sustainable flame retardants has been developed by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Read More

25/06/2012

All-carbon solar cell harnesses infrared light

Researchers at MIT have developed an all-carbon solar cell that harnesses the infrared light that conventional silicon solar cells ignore.  Read More

18/06/2012

Prepreg made from natural flax fibre

Amber Composites has announced that prepreg with fabric made from sustainably sourced woven flax is now available. The flax fabric, made by Composites Evolution, provides the high performance and easy processing normally associated with glass fibre composites, but with lower weight and environmental impact.  Read More

18/06/2012

Ceramic tips treat tumours

Morgan Technical Ceramics has designed and manufactured ceramic tips for a ground-breaking medical device that destroys tumours in a minimally invasive procedure.  Read More

14/06/2012

Novel coating could prevent ice build up on wind turbines and aircraft

Researchers in the US have found a way to keep any metal surface free of ice and frost. The breakthrough, they believe, could have direct implications for a variety of metal surfaces used in wind turbines, aircraft and marine vessels.  Read More

14/06/2012

New material sucks in CO2, spits out everything else

A novel porous material with unique carbon dioxide retention properties has been developed by a team from the University of Nottingham.  Read More

06/06/2012

Ultra thin glass could yield next gen flexible displays

A new type of ultra slim glass that can be 'wrapped' around devices such as smartphones and tablets been unveiled by New York firm Corning.  Read More

29/05/2012

Researchers identify new materials for more efficient carbon capture

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have shown that solid materials such as zeolites and metal oxide frameworks could more efficiently capture carbon dioxide from power plants.  Read More

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