Researchers make graphene from gum tree bark

Australian and Indian researchers have developed a method to dramatically shrink the cost of making graphene by using eucalyptus trees as raw material. Researchers from RMIT University and India’s National Institute of Technology, Waranga have succeeded in making grahene from bark. RMIT’s Professor Suresh Bhargava said: “Eucalyptus bark extract has never been used to synthesise…

Neometals proves up Kwinana li-ion battery recycling plant

Advanced materials group Neometals (ASX: NMT) has reported ‘robust’ economic outcomes from a scoping study of a lithium-ion battery recycling plant proposed for Kwinana south of Perth. The company has been testing its processes for recycling batteries based on lithium cobalt oxide (LCO) and nickle-manganese-cobalt battery types at its pilot plant in Canada. Now Primero…

Engineered timber gaining in major construction projects

Major timber structures made off-site from pre-fabricated timber sections are gaining ground as developers move from flagship to more everyday timber structures. While buildings such as Australia’s tallest timber building, the 45 metre tall timber framed skyscraper at 25 King Street in Bowen Hills in Brisbane have made headlines, simililar processes are becoming far more…

Titanium is the perfect metal to make replacement human body parts

By Laichang Zhang, Professor Mechanical Engineering, Edith Cowan University Titanium gets its name from the Titans of ancient Greek mythology but this thoroughly modern material is well suited to a huge range of high-tech applications. With the chemical symbol Ti and an atomic number of 22, titanium is a silver-coloured metal valued for its low density, high strength, and…