ECTA Releases Their Annual Report 2023 & ECTA RC Report 2022
The European Chemical Transport Association has recently released its annual report for 2023, which details their efforts over the last year across the industry.
Researchers Find New Way to Weld Metal Foam Without Compromising the Material
Research coming out of North Carolina State University, and spearheaded by Afsaneh Rabiei, has found new welding techniques that prove promising in the pursuit of welding composite metal foam (CMF) panels without compromising the qualities that make CMF so valuable.
Researchers Find an Innovative New Use For Plastic Waste
Single-use plastics are the bane of environmentalists the world over. This has led to scientists searching for ways to reuse, recycle, and otherwise manage plastic waste – all whilst searching for more sustainable alternatives.
Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts to Assist With Biodiesel Production
With our awareness of, and desire to change, our reliance on fossil fuels, new alternatives are incredibly valuable. One of these alternatives is biodiesel, which is made from waste vegetable oils or animal fats, and is up to four times faster at breaking down than fossil fuel derivatives – and significantly less toxic.
Researchers Create 3D Printed Components for Portable Mass Spectrometers
Widely used to identify, deduce and quantify compounds, mass spectrometers have found an array of uses. Yet, they’re bulky, heavy and fragile pieces of equipment, limiting where they can be deployed. Now, through the use of 3D printing, researchers have unlocked the potential for creating lightweight, portable mass spectrometers…
Google’s DeepMind AI Tool Makes Material Science Breakthrough
Read any form of news media these days and artificial intelligence (AI) seems to be transforming everything it touches. And it appears that the world of material science is no exception as it has been revealed that a tool powered by Google’s DeepMind AI has achieved “an order-of-magnitude expansion in stable materials known to humanity”.
Scientists Discover 'Superhydrophobic' Surfaces
A team of researchers involving scientists from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, and Aalto University in Finland, have developed a superhydrophobic surface with a ‘stable plastron’ that can last for months underwater.
Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Are They the Future of Transport?
As governments across the world seek to achieve a ‘Net Zero’ future, policymakers are looking at ways in which transport can be decarbonised. Amongst the options being discussed are hydrogen fuel cells. But, what exactly are they? And, do they represent the future of transport? The Lab investigates…
Scientists Uncover New Way to Make Polymers Stronger
A team of scientists from MIT and Duke University have discovered a counterintuitive way to make polymers stronger; by introducing weaker bonds into the material.
Researchers Observe 'Self-Healing' Metals
A research team from the Sandia National Laboratories and Texas A&M University have - for the first time ever - witnessed pieces of metal crack, and then fuse back together without any human intervention. The observation overturns several fundamental scientific theories.