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The next generation of materials

Scientists converge on Manchester

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State-of-the-art analytical microscopy systems at MMU's Dalton Research Institute

MANCHESTER Metropolitan University is facilitating a fascinating conference on the future of man-made materials.

Scientists from across the globe will be describing the next generation of nanocomposites, super plastics, thin films and new technologies at Chancellor Conference Centre in Manchester from April 11 – 15.

Invited speakers will share the latest research on technologies for power generation, manufacturing, textiles, food and drink and other sectors.

Materials experts from research centres in the USA, Korea, France, Sweden, Qatar, China and 15 other nations will join industry experts, and high-tech firms for the interactive conference on new developments and opportunities for new collaborations.

Institute of Physics

Hosted by the UK Institute of Physics, the conference will be opened by Professor John Brooks, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University and facilitated by Dr Vladimir Vishnyakov and Professor John Colligon of MMU’s Dalton Research Institute.

There will be industry presentations from representatives from the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Daresbury Laboratories, Airbus UK, Technium OpTIC as well as papers from academics from scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University College London, Cambridge and Oxford universities, Trinity College, Dublin, University of Ghent and elsewhere.

John Colligon and Vladimir Vishnyakov jointly present two papers; one with Micro Materials Ltd on the use of nanomechanics to optimise the durability of hard nanocomposites; the other on the properties of thin MAX Phase films produced by ion-beam-assisted deposition, with colleague Dr Reza Valizadeh.

Alternative energy

There is a special session on new materials and their application to alternative energy. Professor Ole Thomsen, of Aalborg University presents on composite wind turbine rotor blades, while Dr Jim Platts, of Cambridge University talks about bamboo alternatives in wind turbine blade technology.

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