news | 20 May 2013
New insights into how materials transfer heat
Science Daily reports engineering researchers in the U.S. have published new insights into how materials transfer heat, which could lead eventually to smaller, more powerful electronic devices. They studied materials in which heat is transferred by atomic vibrations in packets called phonons. Their results were recently published in Nature Communications.
news | 24 April 2013
Plastics technology to help Boston Marathon victims
Surgeons are using plastics technology developed to save and improve lives of soldiers wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan, to help those injured in the Boston bombings.
Those with severe head wounds could be treated with cranial implants made with polyetheretherketone (PEEK) or one of its close chemical cousins. Those with amputated limbs or feet could use new high-tech prosthetics often made with carbon composites or reinforced engineering thermoplastics that provide toughness and strength.
Story courtesy of Plastics Today.
news | 18 April 2013
Mining and CSG on church black list
ABC News report: ‘Mining and coal seam gas have been added to the Uniting Church's so-called "black list" of industries and companies it will no longer invest in.’
news | 16 April 2013
How nano materials clean water
This ASME podcast details how a lab working to develop a product to detect explosive materials, discovered that nano-engineered silica beads mechanically absorbed hydrocarbon contaminants in water. It resulted in Osorb, which is impermeable to water, and now is being used and tested for the removal of contamination in stormwater and groundwater.
news | 09 April 2013
Researchers produce synthetic tissues using 3D printer
Chemists at Oxford University have developed a technique to print synthetic cell microdroplets into complex 3D geometries. These structures can bend, fold, and conduct electric signals through predefined pathways. Story courtesy of ExtremeTech.
news | 02 April 2013
Engineering drugs from marine mollusks
ASME reports marine biologists and bioengineers are researching the drug-like molecular properties of mollusks, which could have potential as antibiotic or neurological treatments in humans.
news | 13 March 2013
New nickel processing method
An environmentally friendly processing method that recycles nitric acid has commenced testing at CSIRO’s plant in Perth.
news | 07 March 2013
Engineering better health in the future
Mechanical Engineering has a feature on work being done by a biomedical nanoengineering laboratory at the University of California. The nanoengineers have developed a way to print 3D blood vessels in seconds from soft, biocompatible hydrogels.
news | 06 March 2013
UTS: Engineering REVs up remote research in Australian first
UTS: Engineering hosted the first Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation Conference (REV) to be held in the southern hemisphere, in February.
news | 17 January 2013
Nanotubes spun like wires
For the first time, scientists at Rice University have made threadlike carbon nanotubes that can be spun onto spools like wires, using industrial-scale methods. Story courtesy of Discovery News.
news | 11 January 2013
New material harvests energy from water vapour
MIT engineers have created a new polymer film that can generate electricity by drawing on a ubiquitous source: water vapor. The power generated could drive robotic limbs or generate enough electricity to power micro- and nanoelectronic devices, such as environmental sensors. Story courtesy of Science Daily.
news | 21 December 2012
Engineers trying to convert methane into useful chemicals
A chemical engineering professor in the U.S. is working with colleagues at Northwestern University to invent novel ways and catalytic materials to activate methane to produce ethylene.
Natural gas can be used to generate electricity, and it burns cleaner than coal. But as yet, engineers haven’t been able to make the chemical intermediaries from gas, that are available with petroleum, such as ethylene, propylene and other building blocks used in the production of a wide range of chemicals.
Story courtesy of Science Daily.
news | 21 November 2012
New facility for petroleum research
The $7 million North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas at Charles Darwin University, NT, has been officially opened.
news | 20 November 2012
New nitrates plant under way in the Pilbara
Yara Pilbara Nitrates has begun site preparation for a new technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
news | 19 November 2012
Leighton completes mooring project in Tanzania
Leighton Offshore has completed the single point mooring system installed for the Tanzanian Ports Authority, in a project valued around US$66.5 billion.
news | 16 November 2012
BP to pay US$4.5 billion for Deepwater Horizon resolution
BP today announced that it has reached agreement with the United States government, subject to court approval, to pay a total of $4.525 billion to resolve all federal criminal charges.
news | 12 November 2012
New carbon capture device
University of Melbourne engineers have developed a new, more efficient method of collecting and storing carbon dioxide.
news | 09 November 2012
Australia’s first online chemical engineering degrees
Charles Darwin University (CDU) will next year become the first Australian university, and the third in the world, to offer online bachelor and master programs in chemical engineering.
news | 09 November 2012
New issue of Sustainable Engineering Australia now live
News, videos, slideshows - all the latest in sustainability around Australia.
news | 09 November 2012
Lynas rare earth plant gets go ahead
BBC News reports: ‘A Malaysian court has given Australian company Lynas authorisation to start production at a controversial rare earths processing plant.’