Hydrogen molecules (red) surround an ethylene molecule (green) that is attached to two titanium atoms (blue)

Hydrogen storage at room temperature for fuel cells

Scientists at the University of Virginia, based in Charlottesville, USA, claim to have discovered a material, made from titanium atoms complexed with ethylene, that can store large quantities of hydrogen at room temperature. This could help in the search for a more efficient and affordable hydrogen-powered fuel cell.

Technology transfer from academia to industry

Academic research with a view to commercialisation is becoming increasingly popular. The number of university spin-out companies and partnerships with industry is growing. Rupal Mehta investigates the reality behind this entrepreneurial spirit.
Ore haul truck in Pilbara, Western Australia. Partners in Performance, based in Sydney, Australia, addressed debottlenecking, planning and scheduling, and haul-road maintenance at the mine site

Resource efficiency in mining and minerals processing

Skipp Williamson, Managing Director of Partners in Performance (PIP), in Sydney, Australia, discusses how mining and minerals processing companies can improve operational performance and ensure resource efficiency.

Wireless bridge sensor powered by traffic vibrations

A novel wireless sensor for use on bridges can be powered by the vibrations of vehicles passing overhead. The device, made from piezoelectronics, measures temperature, humidity, light and pressure, and could function for years without requiring maintenance or battery replacement.

Superplasticity standards now available

ISO and ASTM standards to measure the superplastic properties of materials are now in the public domain having been published for the first time in 2006 and 2007.