Stone age – Natural stone for the UK’s architectural heritage

Much of the UK's architectural heritage reflects its rich local geology, but access to these resources is becoming problematic. The local building stone industry is in many cases too small to maintain quarries and this has had a serious impact on the ability to repair historic buildings.

Feat of Clay - unfired clay bricks for sustainable construction

The use of unfired clay as a binder in building materials results in a healthy indoor environment and low environmental impact over the lifecycle of the material. A research project funded by the DTI Partners in Innovation programme showed the technical advantages and practical implications of their use.

Platinum Service - new method for recovering platinum

The process developed for the treatment of ores from the Panton, Western Australia, deposits involves calcining at 400-450ºC. Included in the process is the treatment of the products recovered through flotation, with calcination of the rougher concentrate providing superior results than those obtained from the whole ore.

Wasting Away - the post-tsunami menace - Waste disposal in Banda Aceh

Challenges facing the region in dealing with the waste created by the 2004 Tsunami are discussed, and solutions considered including the construction of a large regional landfill coupled with improved waste recycling facilities.

Sustainable scientists - Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards

Recruitment, retention and development of high-calibre scientists is discussed with reference to the SET 2005 awards. Projects in the materials trophy judged by IOM3 were Self assembled peptide hydrogels for tissue engineering, Effect of grain refiner poisoning on intermetallic phase selection in 6XXX aluminium alloys and Superplasticity in magnesium alloys.