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Lightweight metal foams become bone hard and explosion proof after being nanocoated

18-Mar-2019

Strong enough not only for use in impact protection systems in cars, but able to absorb the shock waves produced by a detonation. Those are just some of the properties shown by the metallic foams developed by materials scientists Stefan Diebels and Anne Jung at Saarland University. Their super ...

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Breakthrough could enable cheaper infrared cameras

12-Mar-2019

There's an entire world our eyes miss, hidden in the ranges of light wavelengths that human eyes can't see. But infrared cameras can pick up the secret light emitted as plants photosynthesize, as cool stars burn and batteries get hot. They can see through smoke and fog and plastic. But infrared ...

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High-Tech Gründerfonds launches HTGF Academy for its startup portfolio

Tailored to the needs of startups

01-Feb-2019

At the High-Tech Partnering Conference, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) officially announced the launch of its HTGF Academy. The experience gained through 14 years of seed investment has shown that certain issues often arise for many startups. The offer of the HTGF Academy is exactly tailored to ...

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Fluid-inspired material self-heals before your eyes

Coating for metals rapidly heals over scratches and scrapes to prevent corrosion

31-Jan-2019

It's hard to believe that a tiny crack could take down a gigantic metal structure. But sometimes bridges collapse, pipelines rupture and fuselages detach from airplanes due to hard-to-detect corrosion in tiny cracks, scratches and dents. A Northwestern University team has developed a new coating ...

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Shaking off fluorochemicals from outdoor and protective clothing

Most treated clothing over-engineered for consumer purposes

31-Jan-2019

Rain-repelling fluorochemicals used in waterproof clothing can and should be phased out as unnecessary and environmentally harmful, textile researchers argue. And yet they remain the only effective option for medics and emergency service personnel. New research demonstrates how waterproofs using ...

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Fireproofing made of recycled paper

25-Jan-2019

Scientists at Empa teamed up with isofloc AG to develop an insulating material made of recycled paper. It is ideal for prefabricated wooden elements and even multistory timber houses, and protects the construction against fire. What's more: The additive it contains is harmless to humans, animals ...

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Arkema invests in development of lithium-sulfur batteries

24-Jan-2019

Arkema works alongside battery manufacturers, and contributes to optimizing battery performance thanks to its materials and innovative solutions. Arkema’s acquisition of a stake in Oxis Energy is consistent with this strategic ambition and this commitment to anticipating the technologies of ...

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Lacquering before polishing

Technical Coatings for Additive Manufacturing

05-Dec-2018

Additive Manufacturing (AM) has many advantages: custom manufacturing, flexible production and easy customization, for example. Yet many products have a high surface roughness and porosity. The post processing of the thus fabricated parts is time consuming and often a significant cost factor for ...

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LABVOLUTION AWARD to honor outstanding advances in lab technology

29-Aug-2018

There is no shortage of new initiatives, ideas and projects aimed at making laboratories run more smoothly. Keeping lab samples cool in storage while saving as much energy as possible, finding the best cleaning solution for maintaining the cleanliness of laboratory glassware, devising more ...

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Neste aiming to use waste plastic as a raw material for fuels and plastics

20-Jul-2018

Neste is exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil refining. The aim of the development project is to proceed to industrial scale trial during 2019. The company’s target is to process annually more than one million tons of waste plastic by ...

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