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With the triennial K Show in Düsseldorf, Germany, due to open its doors this Oct. 19-26 to some 3,000 exhibitors from 61 nations, many companies are scrambling to make key product introductions. At the same time, they also are looking forward to re-establishing face-to-face contact with many customers and suppliers. This year’s K 2022 ( www.k-online.com ) will focus on three main themes — climate protection, the circular economy and digitalization –– and also will mark the 70th anniversary of this trade fair. The event’s organisers, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, are touting it as the first international plastics trade show since 2019. https://knowledge.ulprospector.com/13500/pe-materials-companies-gear-up-for-k-show-product-launches/ ...
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The Turner Memorial Lecture (the first one since the Centenary meeting) will be held on Thursday 10th November 2022. Professor Angela Seddon of University of Nottingham will be the lecturer. Booking details to follow.
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Polymer production is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To reduce this, the polymer industry needs to shift towards renewable carbon feedstocks such as biomass and CO 2 . Both feed-stocks have been shown to reduce GHG emissions in polymer production, however, often at the expense of increased utilisation of the limited resources of biomass and renewable electricity. https://knowledge.ulprospector.com/13407/pe-sustainable-polymers-from-renewable-resources/ #Polymer #Biopolymers #Bioplastics #Renewable #Sustainable ​​​​​
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Clear advantages: Integrating metal microstructures in glass safe from harsh environmental conditions, electrically and thermally conductive, and with great lithographic resolution: Embedding thin metal microstructures in glass promises exceptional properties for a range of applications. The technology could be used to create sensor components that are corrosion-proof, dimensionally stable, and reliably functional even in extremely rugged environments. A technique developed at Fraunhofer IZM offers a new way of integrating electrically conductive elements in glass, with the metal microstructures not deposited on the surface, but embedded and encased in the ...
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New aerospace innovation to propel UK to growth and greener skies backed by £273 million Solar powered aircraft, ultra-efficient wings and medical treatment carrying drones are just some of the technologies backed by £273 million to advance low-carbon aerospace innovation, economic growth and jobs, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced at the Farnborough International Airshow on Monday 18 July. 81,000 jobs have been created so far through the Aerospace Technology Institute Programme, with £97 billion of value added to the UK economy to date. Today £155 million of joint government-industry funding has been announced to support new projects unlocking ...
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PNCS16 at Canterbury

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Physics of Non-Crystalline Solids, PNCS16, is in Canterbury this week. The programme, posters and abstracts are available to download from the website: https://sgt.org/resource/resmgr/pncs16/programme/pncs16-online.pdf (2.4 MB, 150 pages, PDF)
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St Helens North MP Conor McGinn has secured a debate on glassmaking in the House of Commons today/Thursday 14/07/22 at 17.00 with a response from a government minister from Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy https://parliamentlive.tv/Commons
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Renewable energy is at the forefront of the energy policy of all major economies. The European Commission has proposed raising the renewable energy target to 40% by 2030, calling for further development of wind, water, and solar power. In Europe, for the first time in 2020, the share of renewable energies in electricity production exceeded that of fossil fuels. This article summarises what polymer materials can offer in these applications. #RenewableEnergy #Polymer #TurbineBlade #SolarPanels ​​​​​
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Research and Markets have published a market survey report on Piezolectric ceramics. To find out more contact www.researchandmarkets.org and look for the link to Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics: Technologies and Global Opportunities. The report described the initiatives to develop PZT piezoelectric ceramics which do not contain lead.
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This is a heads up of what I think will prove to be a very informative presentation for anyone interested or working on decarbonisation and H2 initiatives . Qualicer has an excellent track recorded of presenting informative studies over many years. I anticipate that this prove to be the same. One to attend if possible or obtain a copy as soon as possible. The European decarbonisation targets for 2030 and 2050 pose a challenge for the ceramic tile sector which, for example, in Spain annually consumes 14TWh gas compared to 1.4TWh electricity. Iberdrola is participating in different initiatives that pursue this target. In this presentation, Millán ...
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Saturday 28 May Celebrations of the International Year of Glass (IYoG) – 2022 Monthly Webinar Series 2022: Glass Science and Technology PROGRAMME SCHEDULE - India time zone 4:00–4:05 PM : Welcome address by Dr. (Mrs.) Suman Kumari Mishra, Director, CSIR-CGCRI, Kolkata, India 4:05–4:15 PM : Remarks : Importance of Glass in modern society by Mr. Pradeep Kheruka, MD, Borosil Ltd., India 4:15–4:20 PM : Introduction of Speaker by Dr. Ashis Kumar Mandal, Senior Principal Scientist , SGD, CSIR-CGCRI, Kolkata, India 4:20–4:50 PM : Technical Lecture-1 An overview of Textured solar glass, Borosilicate glass and Opal Glass Speaker:Mr. Swapnil Walnuj, Head, Marketing, ...
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Epoxy resins have many applications, including metal coatings, electronics/electrical components, electrical insulators, fibre-reinforced plastic materials and adhesives. Uncured epoxy resins have only poor mechanical, chemical and heat resistance properties. Better properties are obtained by reacting them with curatives to form three-dimensional cross-linked thermoset structures. Curing of epoxies is an established mature technology and here , the established technologies and recent developments are overviewed. #Polymer #Thermoset #EpoxyResin #Curing ​​​​
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FUNGLASS days – Every Tuesday from 17 May to 14 June 2022 YouTube recording of the event in Jena, Germany (Tuesday 17 May 2022) Ultrashort pulse laser processing of glass FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA / Abbe Center of Photonics Institute of Applied Physics, Albert-Einstein-Str. 15, 07745 Jena New developments in optical fibers for femtosecond lasers Dr. Arno Klenke, Helmholtz Institute Jena (www.hi-jena.de) & Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Institute of Applied Physics (www.iap.uni-jena.de) High strength Fiber Bragg gratings for sensor applications Dr. Christian Voigtländer, FBGS Technologies GmbH (www.fbgs.com) Fiber Bragg gratings as multi-notch ...
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Art Glass Studies for a Changing World – the International Year of Glass Call for papers to be submitted to a special issue journal Since their publication in 2015, the world has reflected upon and utilised the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) as a target, revising its actions and focusing its research drivers with an aim to implement these goals by 2030. This call to action is a collective, universal wake-up call to end poverty, protect the environment, achieve gender equality, and ensure health, well-being, peace and prosperity for all. However, what does this mean in terms of Art Glass? Two emerging themes for this ...
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Structure of lead borate glasses by Raman, 11B MAS, and 207Pb NMR spectroscopies Solid state NMR publication by SGT Centenary Fellow Professor Steve Feller, Stratos Kamitsos and many others. The paper is free to download from ScienceDirect for the next month or so.
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Furnace Solutions 8-9 June 2022 Furnace Solutions returns as a face to face meeting in 2022. This two day event will be held at the Totally Wicked Stadium home of St Helens Rugby League Club with plenty of free parking. The stadium is built on land that was previously occupied by United Glass Peasley Cross and the conference room overlooks the site where Glass Futures is being constructed. St Helens is a major centre for glass making and the visitor attraction The World of Glass. Wednesday Andrew Keeley, NSG 'Hydrogen firing at Greengate' Wayne Bridger, Linde 'Supplying hydrogen to NSG Greengate' Christoph Jatwauk, FIC Germany 'Energy savings to be ...
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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology continue to innovate when it comes to creating new materials. Two different groups of chemical engineers at MIT recently revealed their respective work–– one involving a new type of lightweight, super-strong plastic, and the other a composite made mostly from cellulose nanocrystals mixed with a bit of synthetic polymer. https://knowledge.ulprospector.com/13064/pe-super-strong-mit-researchers-develop-a-new-type-of-lightweight-plastic-and-a-novel-plant-based-composite/ #Polymer #Plastics #Composites #Lightweight #Nanotechnology ​​​​​​
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Professor Paul Hogg FIMMM and Dr Faye Smith FIMMM at Avalon Consultancy Services, UK, investigate the opportunities and challenges for fibre-reinforced polymer composites in zero-carbon emission flight. Led by the UK Aerospace Technology Institute and backed by the government, the FlyZero initiative began in early 2021 as an intensive research project investigating zero-carbon emission commercial flight. The independent study has brought together experts from companies across the UK to study the design challenges, manufacturing demands, operational requirements and market opportunities of potential zero-carbon emission aircraft concepts. Read more here . ...
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Glass for pharmaceuticals: innovation and sustainability 30 June-1 July Venice, Italy On the occasion of the International Year of Glass declared by the United Nations for 2022, PDA Italy Chapter will organize an event dedicated to Glass for pharmaceutical use involving the International Commission on Glass (ICG) and some of the leading experts in the field. Glass has long been the material of choice for the primary packaging of injectables, and it is still subject to technological and quality evolution. On top of those, the issue of sustainability is certainly one of the aspects on which all the players in the supply chain are currently involved in discussions. ...
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3D Printed Heat Exchanger 'More Efficient' than Conventional Designs. A new type of lightweight, 3D printed heat exchanger with a maze-like design is more compact and efficient than its conventional counterparts, its developers say. A team led by engineers from the University of Glasgow have developed the system, which exploits the unique properties of microscale surfaces to create a high-performance heat exchanger. Heat exchangers, devices which transfer heat between fluids without mixing them, have a wide range of practical applications. Heat exchangers which transfer thermal energy between fluids are used in systems including refrigeration, fuel cells and ...
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