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Smetic liquid crystal combines performance and durability

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have designed a smectic liquid crystal that overcomes many of the challenges posed by organic field effect transistor materials.  Read More


Roll up, roll up, for transparent flexible screens

The ultimate in portable computing is a device with a display that can be rolled up and carried or stored. A study by Tel Aviv University suggests that a DNA-peptide structure can be used to produce thin, transparent, and flexible screens.   Read More


Structures are tougher than bulletproof vests

Researchers at UT Dallas have created structures that stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher than Kevlar, the material often used to make bulletproof vests.  Read More


Wrinkles prediction prelude to morphing materials?

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US has developed a theory that predicts how wrinkles on curved surfaces occur and take shape.  Read More


Fibre-reinforced polycarbonate is flame retardant for computers

Continuous-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic high-performance composites in the Tepex range now include halogen-free flame-retardant versions with a polycarbonate matrix.   Read More


Innovate invests £6million to seek smart materials

Innovate UK and EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will invest up to £6million in collaborative R&D projects for smart materials.  Read More


Novel materials to be developed for use in space to help protect spacecraft and crew

Magna Parva has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency to develop novel materials for use in space to help protect spacecraft and its crew. The project will develop laminated materials, which provide more protection per kilogram than current options.  Read More


Less toxic fuel cells

A new fuel cell concept is set to enhance efficiency while simultaneously removing hazardous heavy metal ions.  Read More


Functional materials to get £20 million boost for 10 UK research and development projects

Ten new research projects that will advance the UK's manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application have been announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  Read More


Artificial eyes get help from industrial grinding wheels

Industrial abrasive wheels are being used by Moorfields Eye Hospital to help produce its prosthetic eyes. A wax mould is used is used to cast the acrylic plastic that is trimmed back using the Scotch-Brite EXL Unitised Wheel XL-UW, made by 3M, normally used to deburr metal parts in industry.  Read More


Heat-conducting plastics unveiled

Researchers in the US have found a way to create heat-conducting plastics.  Read More


Artificial muscle 'remembers' movements

Artificial muscles that can learn and recall specific movements have been developed by engineers from the University of Cambridge.  Read More


BEEAs winner designs Baton for Commonwealth Games

The Baton for this summer's Commonwealth Games was designed and produced with the help of 2013 British Engineering Excellence Award winner, Young Design Engineer of the Year, Michael Aldridge.  Read More


Hot forging high grade steels

Stainless Steel Fasteners (SSF) says it is the first fastener company to be awarded NORSOK M-650 accreditation by Statoil ASA. The quality standard is renowned as one of the most demanding for suppliers of special materials.  Read More


Hydrophone boost in the offing

Morgan Advanced Materials is able to manufacture fully encapsulated hydrophone assemblies in a move that sees it further expand its capabilities in high-specification piezo ceramic (PZT) components for defence and commercial sonar applications.  Read More


Materials to have ability to 'feel'

Work is underway at BAE Systems to give aircraft human-like skin that is able to detect injury and damage, essentially enabling an ability to 'feel' the world around them.  Read More


Next-gen pylon to be made in UK

UK steel maker Mabey Bridge is to build the support towers for a new generation of pylon structures that could be rolled out across the UK network. The contract awarded by National Grid is for the first six T-shape pylons that are due to be trialled at a test facility in Nottinghamshire.   Read More


Composite fan blades boost aircraft fuel efficiency

GE is utilising a next generation carbon fibre composite for the fan blades of its new GE9X engine, which it says will deliver fuel savings of around 5%.  Read More


'Super black' material absorbs 99.96% of light

UK scientists have produced a pure coating of carbon capable of absorbing 99.96% of light – the highest figure ever recorded.  Read More


Government warned to act over material shortages

The government needs to urgently address escalating risks to the UK's supply of essential materials, according to a report out by EEF.  Read More


'Super steel' created for tougher military vehicles

A new form of steel has been developed that is not only incredibly strong and lightweight, but also cheap and simple to manufacture.  Read More


Harder ceramic developed for military vehicle windows

In a development that could significantly improve the strength of transparent ceramics, a group of experts from the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has come up with a new way to make spinel, an armour material used in the windows of military vehicles.  Read More


Regenerating plastic grows back after damage

Self-healing plastics have been around for about a decade, but they have never been able to heal damage much larger than the width of a human hair.  Read More


New-and-improved Geckskin developed

Two years after unveiling a gecko-inspired, reusable adhesive known as Geckskin, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have unveiled a new version that, unlike its predecessor, also works on rough surfaces like drywall and wood.  Read More


Aerogel offers ‘greener’ way to clean up oil spills

A new type of aerogel technology is being developed in the US, which could offer a cheaper and 'greener' way to absorb oil and heavy metals from water.  Read More

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