Australasian Science: Australia's authority on science since 1938

Articles related to Materials Science

Browse: An Explosive Way to Fight Bushfires Browse: Optical Sensor Detects Trace Amounts of Explosives
Inkjet printers can already print living cells.
Feature: Organs by Inkjet
The development of a new biological ink takes us one step closer to the goal of printing living cells in three dimensions to create whole organs.
Browse: “Botox for Plastic” Prevents Polymer Ageing
Browse: Glowing Fingerprints Illuminate Forensic Evidence Browse: Plastic Waste Reverse Engineered Into Clean Fuel
Browse: Solar Paint Produces Hydrogen Fuel Browse: 3D Cell Growth Opens New Path for Spinal Cord Repair
Browse: Nanomaterial to Protect Astronauts from Space Radiation Browse: Cool Paint Blows Air Con Costs Away
Credit: Leigh Prather
Feature: Crystals So Flexible They Can Be Tied in a Knot
The ordered structure of most crystals makes them brittle and inflexible, but the discovery of crystals with elastic properties opens a range of new uses in emerging technologies.
Browse: Nanowrinkled Coatings Reduce Marine Biofouling
Feature: The Criminal Underbelly of 3D Printing
While 3D printing promises to revolutionise manufacturing and biomedicine, it also stands to benefit criminals through the printing of guns, drugs and counterfeit goods.
Browse: Spinifex Makes Condoms Thinner and Stronger
Browse: Diamond Nanothread’s Flaws Can Make it the Next Supermaterial Browse: Bullets Fingerprinted
Browse: Waterproof Nanomaterial to Protect Planes, Ships, Skyscrapers and Phones Browse: Graphene Made from Soybeans
Browse: Fabric Reduces Hospital Infections – and Puts an End to Smelly Socks Browse: Dragonflies Provide Antibacterial Clues
A technique copied from dragonfly wings could prove the key to creating surfaces that are safe from bacteria, and could be used in implants that currently become sites of infection.
Browse: Light Switches Chemistry for Nanomaterial Production Browse: Raspberries from Roses
The capacity of rose petals to shape water into droplets that resist the pull of gravity has inspired artists and poets for generations. Now University of Sydney chemists have creating imitations with potential applications so diverse they are just starting to grasp the possibilities.
Browse: New Views with Metamaterial Lens
A lens made from metamaterials – a mixture of metal and plastic – would have properties different from anything in nature and increase our capacity to observe objects like small melanomas with greater clarity.
Browse: A Quantum Leap in Nanosensor Efficiency
Rescue workers after a bomb blast
Feature: Bomb-Proofing Buildings
A new form of reinforced concrete that can absorb the blast of an explosion is being developed for use in buildings that can withstand terrorist attacks.
Credit: Artem_Egorov/iStockphoto
Cover Story: The Big Picture on Nanoparticle Safety
Nanoparticles are found in our food, cosmetics and tattoo inks, but regulations for their use aren’t keeping up with new research questioning their safety.
iStockphoto / 4FR
Feature: From Suntans to Cyborgs
Melanin protects us from the Sun’s radiation, but as it also conducts electricity it could be used in bioelectronic devices and prostheses.
Credit: arsdigital
Feature: Light, Soap and Magnets Turn Graphene into “Black Gold”
Some clever chemistry is employing magnetism and a light-sensitive soap to turn simple graphene into a super-material with applications in water purification and electronic devices.
Feature: Cell Walls in Wood Crack Like Concrete
The discovery that nanometre-scale cracks form in the cell walls of wood can be exploited to engineer high-performance floorboards from soft woods such as pine.
Browse: Nanotubes Power Up
Nineteenth and 21st century technologies have come together with the discovery that carbon nanotubes dipped in nitrocellulose could form lightweight batteries capable of powering very small devices.
Browse: Carbon Capture Stimulated by UV Light
If the coal industry has a future in a carbon-constrained world, its saviour may be a form of solar power.
Browse: Stronger, Lighter, Tougher Carbon Fibre
Browse: New Material Twists Light Browse: Plastic Toughens Concrete
Browse: Cancer Patient Receives 3D-Printed Ribs Browse: Nanotech Makes Glass Smart
Browse: Liquid Metals to “Soft-Wire” Elastic Electronics Browse: Nanoparticles in a Perpetual Solid–Liquid State
Browse: Nanopatch Delivers Polio Vaccine Better than a Syringe Browse: Elastic Surgical Glue Seals Wounds in 60 Seconds
Browse: Helium Beam Sifts Molecules Browse: Scientists Detect Electrons Outside Their Regular Orbits
Browse: Diamond Pimps Implants Browse: Shape-Shifting Titanium Provides Hospitals with a Germ-Proof Sliding Doors Moment
Directions: Biomimetics Draws from Nature’s Genius
Nature is inspiring simple solutions to complex engineering problems.
Directions: 3D Printing of Bone
Hospitals are establishing 3D printing facilities that will make patient-specific bone tissue substitutes widely available.
Wine dress
Eureka!: From Dresses to Dressings
Bacteria have been developed that can turn wine into a fabric that fits like a second skin, and the sexual health of female cyclists can be affected by cycling.
Up Close: Useful imperfections: Nanodiamonds for quantum sensors in living cells
Physicist Prof Lloyd Hollenberg explains how quantum technologies are leading to the development of sensors of only a few atoms’ size – small enough to be placed inside living cells to enable monitoring of biological processes.
Up Close: Refracted brilliance: How nature’s structures produce colour
Physicist Professor Ullrich Steiner explains how nature generates vibrant colors, as seen in many butterflies and beetles, through the structure of materials, and how these properties can be usefully reproduced.
Online Feature: On the ball: does the AFL need to design a better footy?
The AFL commissioned has a comprehensive review of the critical performance characteristics of Australian Rules footballs – the first for more than 30 years.
Online Feature: Laundry additive cleans air pollution
Within just two years, we could all be wearing clothes that purify the air as we simply move around in them.
Online Feature: Pasta shape provides better LED
'Rotelle' molecules depolarise light and are more efficient than 'spaghetti'
Browse: Removing Silicon Contamination Doubles Graphene Performance
Only five percent of tyres are recycled locally in Australia. Picture: Boomerang
Feature: Turning Old Tyres into New Roads
With millions of tyres dumped in Australia, a new innovation could turn used tyres into permeable surfaces - helping the environment and our future infrastructure