Archives for February 2012

Composite Materials: Reinforcing Metal with Ceramics

Combining a ductile metal matrix with brittle ceramic additions leads to new composite materials with superior mechanical properties, which appears to be ideal for structural and crash-absorption applications.

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BASF builds its “Battery Materials” unit

BASF builds its Battery Materials capabilities with the purchase of Merck’s electrolytes business.

Poling optical materials with pyroelectrics

Electro-optical materials can be efficiently poled with a static field generated by pyroelectric crystals, report A.K.-Y. Jen and coworkers.

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New Enhanced Offshore Wind Turbines

BARD is testing two prototypes of its new 6.5 megawatt class. The official beginning of the certification tests is scheduled for the end of February 2012.

A 3D Metamaterial: Nanostructuring with Polymers

Scientists have fabricated a 3D metamaterial, which shows linear and circular dichroism, using a self-assembled block copolymer as a template.

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Withstanding Wind, Waves and Operation Loads: Making Wind Turbines Work

Offshore wind turbines are exposed to high dynamic loads in a high corrosive environment. A new overview describes the occurring loads and the fatigue resistances of typical offshore support structures.

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Distortion Control via Asymmetric Quenching

A controlled two phase spray cooling method makes quenching without distortion possible.

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Doctors in the Bloodstream: Using Polymers to Diagnose and Treat Disease

Researchers at the Wooley Laboratory have used polymers to mimic the characteristics and actions of biological nanoparticles and structures.

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Functional Sugar-based Polyurethanes

Multifunctional polyurethanes are prepared by the thiolene reaction to L-arabinitol-based PUs with multiple pendant O-allyl groups.

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Macromolecular Colloquium 2012 in Freiburg

This year’s Macromolecular Colloquium will be held in Freiburg from the 23rd to 25th of February.