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£50 million of funding for research and development projects

A DTI competition for funding will distribute £50 million to collaborative research and development projects.

Cars, components and composites – special edition Institute journal

The automotive sector has a dedicated special issue in the international journal Plastics, Rubber and Composites.

Postgraduate Literature Review competition

Postgraduate students wishing to enter the Institute's Literature Review Prize should submit extended abstracts by 15 November 2006.

New carrier for drug administration

Materials World magazine
Successful tests on a new carrier for drug administration have been announced. New porous crystalline nanomaterials were developed last year by researchers at Institut Lavoisier, Université de Versailles, France. They hope to tailor the pore shapes and sizes for individual pharmaceuticals to determine the desired dosage.

Morphing metals

Materials World magazine
New metallic shape-changing structures research at the University of Cambridge offer the potential for roll-up laptops and keyboards. The aim of these morphing capabilities is to impart extra functionality without the need for additional parts, such as hinges or locks, or sophisticated manufacturing. The process is based on manipulating stress within a flat sheet of beryllium copper using forming tools.