Lab equipment > Materials testing

Polymer fibres: light, strong and tough

14 January, 2020

One individual fibre is as thin as a human hair and weighs less than a fruit fly, yet is very strong: it can lift a weight of 30 grams without tearing.

Reprogrammable material gets the green light

07 August, 2019

Researchers have designed a novel, dynamic, reprogrammable material with a polymer structure that can change from hard to soft and back again — triggered by nothing more than green LED light.

Westlab digital melting point apparatus

07 May, 2019

The Westlab digital melting point apparatus has been designed to offer hassle-free operation and fast results. It is used effectively in a wide range of industries to measure the melting points of different materials.

Biolin Scientific Attension Theta Flex optical tensiometer

01 April, 2019

The Attension Theta Flex, from Biolin Scientific, is an all-in-one fully automated contact angle meter designed to support high-end imaging for even the most demanding industrial and research applications.

Crusher technology developed for the mining industry

28 August, 2018

Intertek, a multinational testing company, recently adopted crusher technology that it helped to develop, following a project with testing equipment supplier Orbis and AXT.

Pharmaceutical material could be used in grid-scale batteries

12 June, 2018

US scientists have developed a highly reversible, water-soluble material based on phenazine, an organic molecule used in dyes and antibiotics.

Attension Sigma 700/701 for surface tension measurement

01 February, 2018

The Attension Sigma 700/701 is a fully automated force tensiometer used to study material properties such as wettability, adsorption, adhesion and more.

Attension Theta optical tensiometer

01 January, 2018

The Attension Theta is a versatile optical tensiometer or contact angle meter used to characterise surfaces and interfaces between gas, liquid and solid phases.

Atom-thick coating can prevent metals from corrosion

06 February, 2017

Researchers from the University of Wollongong have demonstrated that a coating of a single-atom thickness can protect metals from corrosion.

There and back again — the metamaterial that can switch from hard to soft

25 January, 2017

Scientists from the University of Michigan have discovered how to compose a metamaterial that can be easily manipulated to increase the stiffness of its surface by orders of magnitude — the difference between rubber and steel.

Pretty MOFs all in a row

08 December, 2016

Australian, Austrian and Japanese scientists have found a way to harness the potential of designer crystals known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) — said to be the most porous materials on the planet.

Nanoparticle coating can repel water

09 September, 2016

ANU scientists have developed a water-repelling coating that could one day be used to waterproof mobile phones, prevent ice from forming on aeroplanes and protect boat hulls from corroding.

Testometric materials testing machines

31 August, 2016

Testometric specialises in materials testing machines and quality control equipment. Its products have a fully integrated digital control system for precise controllability. They have high-resolution force transducers with better than 0.5% accuracy and down to 1/1000th of capacity, plus they can withstand 800% overload without damage.

Graphene production using a designer surfactant

12 August, 2016

Australian scientists have developed a material based on graphene that has the heat resistance of some metals but is much lighter.

A material that mimics cell membranes

09 August, 2016

Scientists have created a new material that performs like a cell membrane found in nature. The material can assemble itself into an extremely thin sheet that can withstand being submerged in a variety of liquids and can even repair itself after damage.

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