Multicomponent Materials – Potential for Hightech Applications

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This themed issue of Advanced Engineering Materials focuses on interdisciplinary research work on multicomponent materials.

Acid-resistant epoxy resin trips up decomposition

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An acid resistant, terphenyl-based liquid crystalline epoxy resin is described by Prof. Miyuki Harada’s team at Kansai University.

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Titanium composites reinforced in-situ by polymer-derived ceramic phases

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A University of Padova research team have developed a simpler strategy for producing titanium matrix composites.

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Exploring the chemistry of slag from flash ironmaking

Mohassab and Sohn at the University of Utah are leading a team to explore the chemistry of slag under the conditions of the flash ironmaking process.

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Reducing the energy consumption of ironmaking

Models of silicate melt structural entities that coexist in different ratios depending on the chemical environment. Q-notation for each structural unit and non-bridging oxygen (red) per silicon atom (grey), NBO/Si, are two different ways to indicate the extent of polymerization. The term bridging oxygen describes an oxygen atom boding two silicon atoms together.

Utah researchers are leading an investigation on the chemistry of slag under the conditions of a transformational ironmaking technology being developed.

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Radiation protection from tungsten nanotechnology

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Korean researchers have developed lightweight commercial gamma radiation shielding based on tungsten/polyethylene nanocomposites.

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A consistent search for low-defect polymers

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The Fredrickson group at UC Santa Barbara uses self-consistent field theory to explore the formation of defects in diblock copolymers.

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Strong casted material bond

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The research project Gen-Cast at the Foundry Institute RWTH Aachen University has demonstrated successful composite casting.

Self-assembly of ordered colloidal nanoparticle films on silicon oxide surfaces

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A new approach to obtain colloidal crystal films from polystyrene nanoparticles in narrow structured molecular monolayers.

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Artificial muscle for biomimetic soft robotics

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A soft laminate simultaneously functions as a high-efficiency bending actuator and a high-efficiency open-air supercapacitor.

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