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Terahertz imaging of graphene paves the way to industrialisation

Terahertz imaging of graphene paves the way to industrialisation
Graphene Flagship researchers have developed a new measurement standard for the analysis of graphene and layered materials that could accelerate production and optimise device fabrication. X-ray scans revolutionised medical treatments by allowing us to see inside humans without surgery. Similarly, terahertz spectroscopy penetrates graphene films allowing scientists to make detailed maps of their electrical quality, without damaging or contaminating the material.
1st March 2021

Promoting workplace equality in materials science

Promoting workplace equality in materials science
To help ensure equal and inclusive work conditions in STEM, European research initiative, the Graphene Flagship, is holding a career event as part of its Diversity in Graphene programme. The Diversity in Graphene Career Event 2021 is a digital event, taking place over two days, 8th to 9th March 2021. The first day will include sessions on topics from equal opportunities in STEM, to the experiences of diverse Graphene Flagship speakers working in industry and academia.
22nd February 2021

The key environmental indicators in sustainable material selection

The key environmental indicators in sustainable material selection
Sustainability is increasingly becoming a central aspect of our world, particularly within the materials industry. Multiple sustainability indicators within environmental, economic and social schemes are specifically sought to ensure sustainable production, use, reuse and disposal of products and materials. However, the challenge lies in the quantification of these indicators and finding the best methods for measuring and reporting their impacts. 
19th February 2021


Breakthrough for the 2D materials sector

Breakthrough for the 2D materials sector
Graphene Flagship researchers have reported a new method to integrate graphene and 2D materials into semiconductor manufacturing lines, a milestone for the initiatives recently launched 2D Experimental Pilot Line (2D-EPL) - a €20m project to bridge the gap between lab-scale manufacturing and large volume production of electronic devices based on two-dimensional materials.
17th February 2021

Accommodating 5G frequencies with composite materials

Accommodating 5G frequencies with composite materials
Exel Composites has secured a patent across Europe for its telecommunications radome design. Four years in the making, the innovative material design will support the increasing roll out of fifth generation (5G) networks and will help telecommunications companies to overcome challenges with signal attenuation and protecting devices on the antenna.
16th February 2021

Guide to sustainable materials now available

Guide to sustainable materials now available
Online materials database, Matmatch has launched a new guide to sustainable materials selection, a section on the site dedicated to green materials. The new page aims to inform and educate engineers on the importance of sustainable materials and to recommend suppliers for design engineering projects. As sustainability increasingly becomes a critical factor in many engineering projects, this guide is a must read for anyone concerned about the environment and the circular economy.
25th January 2021

Unlocking thousands of new materials

Unlocking thousands of new materials
Cheese, bacon, tomatoes and peanut butter - weird and wonderful burger toppings are all the rage, but some combinations are more appealing than others.  Layering several elements can be a formula for magic, and the same is true for nanomaterials. Here, Mar Garcia Hernandez, work package leader at the Graphene Flagship explains the potential of experimenting with Graphene and Related Materials (GRMs).
14th December 2020

Carbon fibre or fibreglass: choosing the correct composite

Carbon fibre or fibreglass: choosing the correct composite
You wouldn’t attempt to delicately manicure a bonsai tree with a chainsaw, even if it would be entertaining to watch. This may seem obvious, but there are many fields where selecting the right tool is a vital ingredient to success. In the composites industry, customers often request carbon fibre when in fact fibreglass is a better suited high performance material for their needs. Here, Kim Sjödahl, Senior Vice President, R&D and Technology from Exel Composites, explains why carbon fibre is not always the best option.
1st December 2020

Felt seals designed for iglidur plain bearings

Felt seals designed for iglidur plain bearings
New felt seals have been designed and manufactured by igus to protect iglidur plain bearings from the adverse effects when running in excessive amounts of sand, dirt, and abrasive dust.
27th November 2020

Innovative technology helps reduce emission footprints

Innovative technology helps reduce emission footprints
Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corporation (MEP), meets the rapidly-changing stringent regulatory and functional requirements of the automotive, electronics and general industries markets for low formaldehyde emissions with a new polyacetal (POM) product family. MEP has announced the innovative low-odor and low-residue Iupital 05 Polyacetal Series.
23rd October 2020


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