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Vascular self-healing in composites

I see that the researchers at Beckman Institute's Autonomous Materials Systems at the University of Illinois at Urban-Champagn have developed a new pattern for vascular self-healing networks in...

Light and dark- activated anti-bacterial coating

So there's an intriguing thing! A light-activated coating that also works in the dark, whatever next? It seems that researchers at UCL have infused silicone with gold nanoparticles and dye...

Photovoltaic-piezoelectric fibres

The University of Bolton's Elias Siores has been speaking about the hybrid technology developed at Bolton that sees a combination of energy harvesting technologies combined in a fibre. These...

Self-healing aerospace composites

I read an article that featured Element Hitchin as a partner in HIPOCRATES, a Framework 7-funded project that has the objective of developing self-repair composite materials by transforming...

Energy Harvesting Technologies and Designers

The Smart Materials Group of the Materials Community ran an event that gave designers the opportunity to learn more about the main energy harvesting technologies - vibrational or piezoelectric,...

Organic photovoltaic with 12% efficiency

Researchers at Ulm University are reporting an efficiency of 12% for their organic photovoltaic which its spin-off company, Heliatek GmbH. The key to the high efficiency is the fact...

Bacterial spores to generate electricity

It seems that scientists at Harvard have harnessed the power of bacterial spores to generate electricity. So how do they do it? Well it seems that the spores of Bacillus subtilis are very...

Self-healing polymer

I remember writing an article about Spanish scientists developing a polymer that could self-heal autonomously at room temperature and now I see that scientists at the University of Illinois...

Antireflective coatings modelled on moth's eyes

The suface of a moth's eye uses an hexagonal pattern of bumps that are so close together that the light falling on their suface sees a single layer and is not refracted, allowing them to see at...

Bacteria in sustainable construction

An article on awards given in the USA for sustainable construction featured the use of bacteria in the production of bricks, the provision of insulation and the developent of a healing system. ...

Magnetoelectric smart material for health monitoring

Scientists in Hong Kong have developed a smart magentoelectric that can be used as a wireless sensor for electricty supply monitoring. The chip uses rare earth multiferroics to detect the...

Energy storage in chemical bonds

In looking at ways to store harvested energy in order to make energy harvesting technologies such as solar a more cost effective means of generating power, scientists at North Carolina have been...

Metal-free flow battery based on quinones

I see that scientists at Harvard have taken a leaf out of nature's ever growing technology base and used electrochemistry to develop a battery that has no metal electrodes. It uses the...

Energy Harvesting 2014

The Energy Harvesting Network is holding its annual one-day dissemination event in partnership with the TSB’s Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group on 12th March 2014 at Hamilton House,...

Smart orthopaedic materials

It seems that an Atlanta company, MedShape, has secured funding to help it launch a soft tissue anchor that is essentially a shape memory polymer. It  allows surgeons to attach tendons,...

Metamaterials as emerging smart technologies

Just before the Christmas break the Smart Materials Sector arranged an evening meeting at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London focused on m etamaterials: those materials...

Drawing attention to technology: energy harvesting and design

As a part of an initiative to look at ‘horizontal issues’ for energy harvesting, it was proposed that the Materials KTN work with a designer to develop design concepts addressing the use of new...

Auxetics as an emerging smart technology

Just before the Christmas break Smart Materials Sector arranged an evening meeting at The Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining in London to take a look at auxetics, t hese counterintuitive...

E-Whiskers: Berkeley researchers develop highly sensitive tactile sensors

Researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have created tactile sensors from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles similar to the highly...

Superhydrophobic Materials

I recently read that researchers at MIT in Boston have exceeded the properties of the lotus leaf in material insired by the Morpho butterfly and nasturtium leaves. They apparently have ridges...
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Cleaning up Marine Antifouling 29 April 2010

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Stretchable electronics to wear

Stretchable electronics have the potential to be used in a wide range of applications but...

Advanced Structural Health Monitoring Seminar - 25th May 2010

Report on Advanced SHM Seminar This is a summary of the talks that were given at the seminar....