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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


New material harvests energy from water vapour

MIT researchers have developed a new material that changes its shape after absorbing water vapour.  Read More


Doosan multi-tasking lathe enables military precision

A Doosan multi-tasking lathe has solved a bottle neck problem of a small Devon based precision engineering firm.  Read More


Technyl polyamide used in high temperature turbo

Technyl polyamide from Rhodia Engineering Plastics has been chosen by Röchling Automotive for the manufacturing of turbocharger air ducts which have to resist temperatures of up to 210°C.  Read More


Earthquake protection for the home

Bayer MaterialScience and its partners from industry and academia have developed an efficient and affordable earthquake protection for buildings.   Read More


Aluminium foam has evenly spaced open pores

Metals and materials suppliers, Goodfellow, has announced the availability of a unique, cost-effective aluminium foam that offers superior heat exchange and impact absorption for a wide range of applications.  Read More


Lightweight material set to improve protection for armoured vehicles

Lockheed Martin has teamed up with University of Surrey researchers to develop a new lightweight material that could improve the protection and survivability of armoured vehicles, including those used by the British Army and Special Forces.  Read More


New material said to triple efficiency of organic solar cells

Engineers in the US have discovered a new sandwich-like material which they claim boosts the efficiency of organic solar cells by 175%.  Read More


3D blocks of graphene mimic elastic structure of cork

Researchers in the US have taken inspiration from one of the oldest natural materials in the world to exploit the extraordinary properties of graphene.  Read More


Researchers develop new class of inexpensive thermoelectric materials

A team from Michigan State University has used common, natural minerals known as tetrahedrites to develop a new class of highly efficient, inexpensive thermoelectric materials.  Read More


Advanced materials used to create artificial muscle

Artificial muscles that can lift more than 100,000 times their own weight and generate 85 times more mechanical power than natural muscle of the same size have been unveiled at the University of Texas at Dallas.  Read More


Hybrid nanomaterial converts light and heat into electricity

A hybrid nanomaterial that can be used to convert both light and thermal energy into electrical current has been unveiled at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Read More


A step toward stronger polymers?

Researchers have, for the first time, found a way to measure how many loops are present in any given polymer network, an advance they believe could yield better, stronger materials with no weak spots.  Read More


Funding boost for green tech and advanced materials research

A number of new university and business research partnerships have been announced today by Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts, in sectors including energy efficiency, advanced manufacturing and advanced materials.  Read More


Record year spurs recruitment drive for coatings specialist

Staffordshire-based Raleigh Coatings, a specialist in solvent and aqueous based adhesives and coatings, is looking to create skilled jobs at its production facility in Eccleshall following a record year for sales and turnover.  Read More


Cobalt-graphene material to rival platinum?

Researchers at Brown University have engineered a new material that could be a cheaper and more durable alternative to platinum as the catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells.  Read More


Graphene-based coating helps prevent metal corrosion

A new graphene-based coating so thin that it's invisible to the human eye has been shown to make copper nearly 100 times more resistant to corrosion, creating potential for metal protection even in harsh environments.  Read More


MoD developing anti-laser eyewear

A new type of laser eye protection (LEP) is being developed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to address the increasing number of incidents of lasers being used to distract pilots.  Read More


Photonic gels could yield inexpensive sensors

Researchers at Rice University and MIT have created ultra thin, colour changing thin films that could serve as part of inexpensive sensors for food spoilage or security, multiband optical elements in laser-driven systems and even high-contrast displays.  Read More


Manchester researchers unveil 'graphene roadmap'

A consortium of international researchers has produced a 'graphene roadmap' that sets out what the world's thinnest, strongest and most conductive material could achieve in the next few years.  Read More

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