Characterising ultra-thin film layers - using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

The surface and near-surface regions of solids are becoming increasingly important in modern materials technology, an example being the surface modification of medical implants to increase their biocompatibility. The development of the ARXPS technique to study these regions is described.

Turkish delight - gold deposits in Turkey

Ariana Resources, UK, has compiled a substantial geographical database on Turkey, including geological, mineral occurrence and structural and mineral alteration data derived from open file sources. The system underpins the company’s exploration strategy and has resulted in a portfolio of prospective licences including promising gold projects at Kiziltepe and Kinik.

Transforming electronics - developments in ferroelectric materials

Research is being carried out at the Physical Electronics and Materials section at London South Bank University, UK, to address the microwave losses in ferroelectic films, in particular the extrinsic loss limit part caused by fabrication technique, electrodes and thermal and mechanical treatment which limits the application of ferroelectric devices.

Pore it in - a new porous crystalline nanomaterial

A chromium terephtalate based solid with unusually large pore volumes and surface area has been developed by researchers at the Université de Versailles, France. Potential applications include molecular sensors, electronics and gas storage.

Mapping the future - technology roadmaps for future planning

The PowdermatriX Faraday Partnership leveraged its familiarity with the technological terrain and the concerns and capabilities of its members to lead teams building technology roadmaps for four main sectors, advanced ceramics, hard metals, powder metals and magnetics. The roadmaps have established priorities which help to align research to business drivers.