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Self-healing anti-corrosion mechanism uses encapsulated corrosion inhibitors

A self-healing method for structural and functional materials developed by the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany, and the University of Aveiro, Portugal, combines passive barrier and active anti-corrosion mechanisms in one system. Conventional anti-corrosion silica-zirconia sol-gel film matrices are doped with ‘polyelectrolyte nanocontainers’ that release encapsulated organic corrosion inhibitors.
MADE magazine

MADE design magazine launched

A new magazine, MADE, has been launched for the UK’s design and materials communities.

Campaign against packaging waste

The Institute responds to The Independent's comments that goods are overpackaged.

New laboratory for scintillating materials R&D

The laboratory at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, USA will study sensor materials that illuminate on absorption of electromagnetic or charged particle radiation. Common materials include inorganic crystals, organic plastics and liquids, and lanthanum bromide and chloride scintillators will be the focus of much of the research.
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Bumpy molecular structure improves hyperpolarisability of optical materials

Computer modelling techniques at Washington State University showed that varying the shape of molecules to produce a bumpy structure resulted in improved intrinsic hyperpolarisability and performance of optical materials. Studies of new molecules synthesised by a group at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have confirmed the effect.

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