NPL supports new Centres for Doctoral Training
NPL links up with HSSMI
EMRP project selected to organise international symposium in E-MRS
The European Materials Research Society (EMRS) Spring Meeting attracts over 2,000 scientists and engineers every year with a combination of technical and plenary sections and a large industrial exhibition. In 2011 there were more than 3,000 participants from 62 countries. Members of EMRP Thin Films, with support from EMRP TreND, applied for and were accepted to organise a full symposium in the EMRS Spring Meeting 2014.
Further information about the symposium
Measuring active catalyst area in fuel cells
A novel in situ diagnostic technique has been developed at NPL that makes possible for the first time monitoring of the active area of platinum catalyst in each individual cell in a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell stack. This provides a powerful new tool for the study of critical degradation mechanisms such as catalyst poisoning, carbon support corrosion and catalyst sintering.
A joint paper by NPL and Johnson Matthey on this work has recently been accepted for publication in the Journal of Power Sources.
MEMS technology for energy harvesting
An article in leading publication New Electronics describes recent research from NPL - applying a new MEMS device for the in situ rapid evaluation of the piezoelectric properties of thin films or micro structured components, to MEMS energy harvesting technology.
The full article can be read in New Electronics
Improving MEMS commercial applications
First precise MEMS output measurement technique unveiled
Big photos of little coins
Squashed loft insulation 50% less effective
An event report of Hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials for functional devices: processing and metrology held at NPL on 12 December 2012, has been published
Miniaturising piezoelectric metrology
A paper detailing the results of the 'MEMS Sensor for Metrology' project has been published in the IOP Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.
Big photos of little coins
A 400 megapixel image of a euro 1-cent coin produced by NPL was featured as New Scientist's image of the day
Sustainable, flexible and cost-effective organic electronics
NPL is involved in a new collaborative research project that will demonstrate the production of large area organic electronics for applications such as flexible solar cells and large area lighting. The TREASORES (Transparent Electrodes for Large Area, Large Scale Production of Organic Optoelectric Devices) project is led by EMPA, Switzerland, and features partners from across Europe.
Recyclable Electronics: Just Add Hot Water
NPL and partners have developed a printed circuit board whose components can be easily separated by immersion in hot water - this could help reduce the waste problem faced by the electronics industry, which annually discards 100 million electronic units in the UK alone.
Materials scientist wins prestigious IEC 1906 Award
Dr Michael Hall, from NPL's Functional Materials group, has received the IEC 1906 Award for his excellent work as Project Leader of IEC 60404-15. The award was created in 2004 by the IEC Executive Committee to honour IEC experts around the world whose work is fundamental to the IEC.
Award for standards work in the Materials Division
The IPC (USA Association tasked with producing ANSI standards) has presented Chris Hunt with a Distinguished Committee Service Award for his 'outstanding contributions to the development of J-Std-002D, Solderability Tests for Electronic Components'.
Materials Division win T P Hoar Award
A paper on 'X-ray tomography of the pit to crack transition' by Alan Turnbull, Shengqi Zhou and Louise Crocker, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham (CASE award), has won the T P Hoar Prize from the Institute of Corrosion for best paper published in Corrosion Science in 2011.
Novel images of the evolution of stress corrosion cracks from corrosion pits
Materials Division student wins Ernest Littauer prize
Achilleas Sesis, an EngD student in the Electrochemistry group, Materials Division, has been awarded the Ernest Littauer prize by the University of Surrey for the best oral presentation (out of 16 Research Engineers) at its annual Engineering Doctorate Micro and Nanomaterials conference. The title of the talk was 'Disentangling bubbles, carbon nanotubes and surfactants'.
The award is named after Ernest Littauer, who was the VP of Lockheed Martin and also an alumnus of the metallurgy department of Battersea College, a forerunner of the University of Surrey. He has been a very generous benefactor.
Impulse excitation paper featured in American NDT journal
A paper entitled Impulse Excitation Modulus Measurements of Hardmetal Rods using Custom Software on a Standard Personal Computer and Microphone, written by John Nunn (NPL) and Mike Carpenter (Sandvik), was published in the Materials Evaluation journal of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.
The paper was highlighted on the front cover of the July 2012 issue as an 'NDT creative solution'. The computer program has been developed further and was issued to six European project partners involved in the characterisation of hardmetals through a European Powder Metallurgy Association coordinated collaborative project.
New version of Zinc released
A new version of Zinc, NPL's multiphysics finite element package has now been released. The new version includes some improvements to the graphical user interface and the Successive Over-Relaxation (SOR) algorithm, for solving equations, has been updated.
There are also two new tutorials, a material diffusion problem and a plane strain elastic problem with hydrostatic pressure (both problems are compared to analytical solutions to test Zinc's accuracy).
NPL Materials win WMRIF first prize
Dynamic ferroelectric measurement system installed at ESRF beamline
New Good Practice Guide on monitoring deformation and damage in fibre-reinforced plastics
Biomimetic layer-by-layer assembly of artificial nacre