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Chameleon-like defence drones can change colour on demand

14 September, 2020

Material scientists have developed lightweight panels that can change colour on demand, allowing drones to match their appearance to the colours of the sky.

Materials testing with machine learning

25 March, 2020

By incorporating the latest advances in machine learning with nano-indentation, it is possible to improve the precision of the estimates of material properties by as much as 20 times.

'Atomaterials' centre seeks to transform everyday devices

13 February, 2020

Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology are on a mission to create materials and products with unprecedented functionalities.

Scientists create atom-thick amorphous film

07 February, 2020

Previously thought to be impossible, the discovery of monolayer amorphous carbon (MAC) could settle a decades-old debate of exactly how atoms are arranged in amorphous solids.

Antimicrobial fibre made from crab shells and seaweed

03 February, 2020

Researchers have created a new kind of fibre from a combination of chitin nanoparticles — extracted from residual blue crab shells — and alginate, a compound found in seaweed.

'Chameleon metals' change surfaces in response to heat

21 January, 2020

Treating particles of liquid metal alloys with heat causes them to roughen their surfaces with tiny spheres or nanowires. Control the heat and you can control the surface patterns.

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.

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