Materials and Chemicals


  • Tool helps retailers shift from high global warming refrigerants

    A free refrigerant transition hub is designed to help navigate regulatory changes implemented by the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020.

  • Challenges in solid aggregate handling

    Everything from cement to metal powders to grain are considered part of the solids handling world.

  • Keeping cool sustainably with propane as refrigerant

    Switching to propane as a refrigerant could lessen the global temperature increase from space cooling.

  • Video: Carbon fiber recycling initiative underway in the UK

    The effort could reduce the volume of continuous carbon fiber reinforced polymer material sent to landfills in the U.K. by 50%.

  • A solar panel of a different color

    Color can be imparted to solar panels by the inclusion of photonic glass as a structural material, which exerts little detrimental impact on power conversion efficiency.

  • 100 times stronger coating promises to break up ice on airplane wings

    Beyond airplane wings, the coating is also being eyed for use in aerospace, energy and other industrial applications where icing presents an issue.

  • New nanomaterial destroys COVID-19

    The nanomaterial features CIPSs — copper, indium, phosphorous and sulfur — that selectively bind with the coronavirus’ spike protein, which is a vehicle for the SARS-CoV2 virus, thereby blocking the infection from progressing.

  • Metal under the microscope

    Metallography is a field of study where metal samples are viewed under a microscope that uses reflected light.

  • Recipe for a safe, low-cost battery

    Composed of aluminum, sulfur and a molten salt electrolyte, the device is considerably less flammable and more readily recyclable relative to its lithium-ion counterpart.

  • New coating promises to improve window insulation

    According to its developers, the coating prevents a significant portion of near-infrared (NIR) and ultraviolet (UV) rays from passing through, while simultaneously admitting visible light.

  • General Magnaplate CS-1331 coating removes PVC residue at high temperatures

    The coating offers exceptional polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic release and wear resistance properties with proven thermal stability up to 500° F.

  • Coating developed for thermal intelligence, counter-surveillance

    The team developed the transparent infrared reflective coating with a nano-mesh structure, enabling the material to transmit visible light, such as sunlight, and reflect body thermal radiation in the same fashion as commonly used metal-based textiles.

  • ECOlogical: Plain bearings made from regranulated tribo-plastics

    The new series consists of 97% to 100% regranulated Iglide materials.

  • MacDermid Alpha Electronics highlights the value of silver sintering at battery show

    The company will highlight the role of specialist materials in shaping the future of electric mobility.

  • New forensic fingerprint technique may help fight fraud

    According to the researchers, fingerprints will appear either masked if they were left before the text was printed on the paper or complete if left after the text had been printed.

  • Fabric filter captures and converts CO2 emissions

    The filter removes CO2 from air and gas mixtures at promising rates.

  • Heat exchangers: Safety and operating tips

    While this list is generic toward all heat exchangers, it can hopefully get the conversation started around heat exchanger safety and help engineer ensure optimal heat exchanger operation.

  • Fundamentals of precipitation hardening for steel alloys

    Increased hardness makes a surface less prone to damage, meaning surfaces with high hardness are less likely to be scratched or indented. This improves wear resistance significantly, which is why rugged, dirty industrial environments often call for hardened alloys.

  • New LNP THERMOCOMP compounds from SABIC for automotive GNSS antennas offer improved signal gain vs ceramics

    The compounds offer potential to improve signal gain performance versus ceramics in second-generation automotive global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antennas.

  • A refresher on heat transfer methods

    To make a process cost-effective, proper heat management is essential. Before delving into optimizing heat management, it is important to review some of the basics of heat transfer and a few commonly-used methods of industrial heating.

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