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Materials Today 05/27/2020 06:25
The show will take place from 4-5 November in Birmingham, UK, and the deadline for submission is 29 May 2020. The show covers aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, composites engineering, connected manufacturing and medical device engineering, with a focus in 2020 on artificial Intelligence and data, an ageing society, clean growth, and the future of mobility. Go to submit an abstract. This story uses material from , with editorial changes made by Materials Today.
Materials Today 05/27/2020 05:00
"Our work has established a baseline for high energy devices that also operate at high power, effectively widening the range of potential applications.". Ash Stott, University of Surrey. Experts from the University of Surrey in the UK believe their dream of clean energy storage is a step closer after they unveiled a ground-breaking supercapacitor material that is able to store and deliver electricity at high power rates, particularly for mobile applications. In a paper in , researchers from Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) revealed their new technology, which has the potential to revolutionize energy use in electric vehicles and reduce renewable-based energy loss in the national grid. The researchers also believe their technology
Materials Today 05/27/2020 04:59
This model, created at Rice University, illustrates charge distribution in glucose. The light blue region shows the electron cloud distribution in a single glucose molecule. The purple regions show the drastic charge redistribution when anchored to Janus MoSSE and detected via surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Image: Lou Group/Rice University. A sandwich of molybdenum, sulfur and selenium (MoSSe) turns out to be deliciously useful for detecting biomolecules. Tests of a two-dimensional (2D) Janus compound at Rice University's Brown School of Engineering showed it could make an effective and universal platform for improving the detection of biomolecules via surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Using glucose to test the material prov.
Materials Today 05/26/2020 07:11
Ennomotive has launched an online competition to make reusable, protective mask models. Innovation company Ennomotive has launched an online competition to make reusable, protective mask models that are more comfortable to wear for extended periods. ‘Although there are available masks with different levels of protection according to their filtration characteristics, these are very uncomfortable to wear since they make breathing difficult and are too warm,’ the company said. They often do not offer enough protection, and are disposable, which can generate a great amount of waste, Ennomotive said. The competition aims to find new more efficient and reusable face masks that comply with the specifications of the N95, FFP2, or FFP3 models.
Materials Today 05/26/2020 06:49
3D Systems has named Dr Jeffrey A Graves as its new president and CEO. 3D Systems has named Dr Jeffrey A Graves as its new president and CEO. He replaces Vyomesh Joshi, who announced his retirement in February. raves joins 3D Systems from MTS Systems, a supplier of high-performance test, simulation and measurement systems, where he served as CEO for the past eight years.
Materials Today 05/26/2020 06:49
3D printing company ExOne has launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #MakeMetalGreen, focusing on the sustainable aspects of metal binder jetting technology. According to the company, binder jetting can be more sustainable than other additive manufacturing (AM) processes because it can 3D print parts at higher speeds and volumes. ‘Now is the time for manufacturers to rethink how they manufacture metal parts, and take a new look at how binder jet 3D printing can make metal parts and products more sustainably,’ said John Hartner, ExOne CEO.
Materials Today 05/26/2020 05:00
This illustration shows the treated textile's ability to repel fluids. Image: University of Pittsburgh. Masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are essential for protecting healthcare workers. However, the textiles and materials used in such items can absorb and carry viruses and bacteria, inadvertently spreading the disease the wearer sought to contain. When the coronavirus spread amongst healthcare professionals and left PPE in short supply, finding a way to provide better protection while allowing for the safe reuse of these items became paramount. Research from the LAMP Lab at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering may now have come up with a solution. As reported in a paper in , the lab has create.
Materials Today 05/26/2020 04:59
Ying Diao, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Photo: L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in collaboration with a team from Purdue University, have discovered that certain crystals are more flexible and stretchable than current materials used for electronic applications. These new materials could prove useful for making sensors and in robotics. The researchers report their findings in a paper in . Typically, silicon and germanium are used for making electronics. But using these brittle materials on human skin or in robotics is challenging, be.
Materials Today 05/25/2020 10:42
The Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) North America has appointed Zane Clark as its new CEO. SAMPE's current CEO and executive director, Gregg Balko, announced his retirement in December, and will be staying on until July to ensure a successful transition. In his role, Clark will lead efforts to expand the organization's programs, including its membership base, SAMPE said. ‘Clark brings to his new position 20 years of success as an association and operations leader and as an individual contributor,’ said Timothy Shaughnessy, president, SAMPE North America. This story uses material from , with editorial changes made by Materials Today.
Materials Today 05/25/2020 10:37
Element invested in a full suite of powder characterization technology. Element Materials Technology has signed a multi-year contract with an aerospace additive design and manufacturing business to provide testing at Element’s laboratory in California. The company’s work for Morf3D will include a full range of materials testing including powder characterization, chemistry, metallurgical, mechanical and fatigue testing, Element said.
Materials Today 05/25/2020 10:37
DIAB says that it has invested in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) core material for the wind energy sector. The company plans to open a new PET structural foam production line in its existing plant in Zhangjiagang, China. ‘The investment in China is the consequence of several multiyear contracts signed with major China based wind OEMs over the last couple of months,’ said Tobias Hahn, CEO at Diab Group.
Materials Today 05/25/2020 10:36
The organizers of the SpaceAM conference, taking place in Leicester, UK, from 15-16 September 2020, have announced the program line up. This includes speakers from the European Space Agency (ESA), the UK Space Agency (UKSPA), the Satellite Applications Catapult and London Economics, who will highlight technology and material advances across the sector. Representatives from from Oxford Space Systems, Toray Advanced Composites, SHD Composites, CRP Technology and Haydale, the University of Manchester and the University of Nottingham will also discuss projects and case studies in the sector. ‘Additive manufacturing is nothing short of a revolution and its applicability doesn’t stop here on Earth,’ said Tony Mears, technology roadmapping special.
Materials Today 05/25/2020 10:26
Sandvik has reportedly initiated a project to buy scrap from its customers to turn it into new products. Sandvik has reportedly initiated a project to buy scrap from its customers to turn it into new products. The project, run with the company’s strategic partner Stamicarbon, aims to recycle high alloy steel using a buy-back process that decommissions old equipment in customers’ urea plants and retrieves the recyclable material. According to Sandvik, the buy-back scheme will now be included as part of a package for all new fertilizer customers when replacing equipment parts at their plants.
Materials Today 05/25/2020 05:00
This illustration shows the changes in the structure of FASnI3:PEACl films during treatment at different temperatures. Image: HZB/Meng Li. Among new materials for solar cells, halide perovskites are considered particularly promising. Within a few years, the efficiency of perovskite solar cells has risen from just a few percent to over 25%. Unfortunately, the best perovskite solar cells contain toxic lead, which poses a hazard to the environment, but replacing the lead with less toxic elements has proved surprisingly challenging. One of the best alternatives is tin. Halogenide perovskites with tin instead of lead should show excellent optical properties, but in practice their efficiencies decrease rapidly. This rapid ‘aging’ is the main disa.
Materials Today 05/25/2020 04:59
"We are excited about finding a novel radiation shielding material that works this well, is this light and can be manufactured this quickly.". Ge Yang, North Carolina State University. A new study from researchers at North Carolina (NC) State University suggests that a material consisting of a polymer compound embedded with bismuth trioxide particles holds tremendous potential for replacing conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead. The polymer compound is lightweight, effective at shielding against ionizing radiation such as gamma rays, and can be manufactured quickly – making it a promising material for use in applications such as space exploration, medical imaging and radiation therapy. "Traditional radiation shielding materi.
Materials Today 05/22/2020 05:00
Transition metal dichalcogenides (top) and graphitic carbon nitrides (bottom) are two promising graphene-inspired photocatalysts for converting carbon dioxide into fuels. Credit Cheng-May Fung. Fuels made using sunlight could help mitigate climate change and develop a more sustainable energy cycle. Making fuel from carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) can be powered by sunlight, using ‘’ that are just one layer of bonded atoms thick. Researchers based at review the state of research aiming to fulfil the potential of these photocatalysts in the journal . Possibilities include using the CO 2 to make the fuels methanol, methane and formic acid. The study of so-called ‘2D’ materials was kick-started by the discovery of , a material composed of a single layer
Materials Today 05/22/2020 04:59
In a bid to improve the efficiency and lower the cost of solar cell technology, scientists at Iowa State University have developed perovskite-based cells that can withstand much greater temperatures while also maintaining efficiency. The study is based on a tandem structure that stacks two kinds of cells, perovskite and silicon, on top of each other, each using different, complementary parts of the solar spectrum to produce power, and was shown to improve efficiency by as much as 50%. Although perovskites have a crystal structure and offer useful electro-optical properties for cheap, lightweight, efficient and flexible solar cells, hybrid organic–inorganic perovksite solar cells decompose when exposed to high temperatures, which is problema.
Materials Today 05/21/2020 10:22
Frank M Bruns (left) and Dr Michael Effing. (Photo courtesy AMAC.). Composite consultants AMAC and Alpha Executive Advisory (AEA) have signed a cooperation agreement to offer advisory services in business coaching, acquisitions divestitures, business transformation and crisis management. ‘In these difficult times of the worldwide Covid-19 crisis, flexible reactions and fast decisions can be of imminent importance, particularly in the fragmented composite industry with its back-bone of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),’ a press release said. The companies plan to help support to young start-up firms in order to penetrate the market more quickly or make the next appropriate strategic step. ‘It is of great importance for our business a.
Materials Today 05/21/2020 10:22
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reportedly released new sector-specific guidance covering how automotive production sites can control the risk of transmission of Covid-19. Some auto plants plan to open before the end of May, the SMMT said. The guidance covers the complete automotive manufacturing environment, including workstations, staff entrances, car parks, shared offices, meeting rooms and communal areas, and includes social distancing, hygiene standards, personal protective equipment (PPE), mental health, and staff communications. ‘The coronavirus crisis has taken a heavy toll on the automotive industry but, as lockdown measures begin to ease, at last there is some light at the end of the tunnel,’ said Mike Ha.

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