Materials Science

09 November 2017

Carbon nanotubes could be as bad for you as asbestos, a new UK study has shown.

12 January 2017

At ten thousand times smaller than a human hair, chemists in Manchester, England, have tied the world's tiniest...

03 November 2016

Plants that use nanoparticles to pick up the presence of pollution, or even explosives, have been engineered by...

01 July 2016

A new, non-stick surface for shampoo bottles could boost recycling.

24 June 2016

An electric field applied to liquid chocolate during processing makes it possible to cut the fat content.

10 June 2016

Researchers have demonstrated a unique carbon capture and storage process that can convert carbon dioxide into...

11 January 2016

The seventh row of the periodic table has been completed with the addition of four new super-heavy metals

22 October 2015

A new coating for steel that reduces contaminants, such as bacteria, sticking to it has been developed.

08 October 2015

A new material has been created that can delay the development of ice, even at temperatures down to 6°C below freezing.

01 October 2015

A new magnetic material, called Galfenol, could alert car passengers to an impact up to a thousand times faster.

25 September 2015

A new form of 3D-printing that can turn out replicas of a patient's organs has been developed by scientists in the...

13 August 2015

A colour changing polymer may soon be used to indicate head injuries. This is important for both military and...

28 July 2015

Work has begun on what will become one of the world's largest modern wooden buildings. So why the wooden...

17 April 2015

A mirror that cannot get dirty and a meshwork capable of instantly separating oil from water, have been developed by...

19 February 2015

Miniature atom-sized holes inside diamonds can dramatically alter the colour of the crystal, a new super-powerful...

22 January 2015

New super-metal surfaces fashioned with a laser are so water repellent they can wash away dirt with only a tiny amount...

19 February 2014

The Winter Olympics are finishing in Sochi, Russia this week. But how is science involved in grabbing gold on the...

06 February 2014

Scientists have copied the structure of bone to create strong yet light synthetic materials...

05 January 2014

China has the world’s most ambitious space programme, and 2014 will see the nation take some important steps forward...

27 November 2013

Scientists have engineered a surface that rejects water droplets 40% faster than had been thought feasible.

21 November 2013

A surface has been designed which stays incredibly dry.

25 July 2013

Ultra-lightweight electronics fashioned from thin plastic films that can be formed into microcircuits have been...

27 June 2013

Researchers have developed a fuel cell that runs on tears, which they say could power lens-mounted glucose sensors for...

13 June 2013

Engineers and biologists are working together to produce bacteria capable of repairing concrete...