From the bronze age to food cans, here’s how tin changed humanity

By Michael Cortie, Physics Discipline Leader, University of Technology Sydney Mention tin and most people would think of the typical tin can, used to preserve foods you store in your cupboards. Tin is used here to help protect the can against corrosion (although not all cans today contain tin). But while the use of tin in canning…

Printed solar cells could boost functional printing industries

The University of Newcastle has unveilled an innovative solution to reducing the cost of solar photo voltaic power. The University this week inaugurated a printed solar demonstration plant made from photo sensitive and conductive inks printed onto ultra-thin, clear laminated sheets. The 100 square metre PV site was rapidly manufactured, enabling accelerated deployment in the…

Deakin/Universal Alloy Coporation Research Centre of Excellence seeks Centre Manager

This newly created exciting opportunity will provide the right candidate with a pivotal role working with a globally recognised leader in the aeronautical industry. The position sits within the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), recognised as one of Australia’s leading materials research organisations with over 300 Researchers undertaking research in materials science in the areas of energy, health, environment and manufacturing.

First Graphene applies to market new material in Australia

Perth new materials manufacturer First Graphene (ASX: FGR) has taken regulatory action to sell its PureGRAPHENE material in Australia. The company has applied to have PureGRAPH assessed by The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). This is a precursor to having the carbon based nanomaterial listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances…

Talga Resources makes progress in graphene

Australian minerals technology company, Talga Resources (ASX: TLG) is progressing development of its graphene resources with potential end users in Europe and the Asia. The company announced that its December quarter saw intensified R&D activities, deepening alliances and new commercial agreements. Talga managing director, Mark Thompson said test results of several graphene battery products during…

Titomic makes waves in titanium process and product markets

Additive manufacturing technology company Titomic (ASX: TTT) has inked three agreements with Chinese entities that further its development of 3D printing machines and products based on titanium metal powders. The Melbourne company released three statements to investors over Christmas that secure its supply of titanium metal powders, deepen its R&D relationships and provide a path…