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Current Issue: November 2006

Processing is the theme of the November issue of Materials World. In our feature stories, we explore a range of materials, from aluminium, to plastics, to polymers. Dr Andy Wynn looks at the technology behind modern crucible production, while Noel Hopkins of Rolls-Royce plc considers the ‘black art’ of abradable coatings. Our reporter Rupal Mehta also got the chance to meet with David Bott, newly-appointed Chief Executive of Materials UK, to discuss the organisation and his career in materials. In our mining features, we focus on Madagascar, as John Murphy of South African Mineral Corporation and Irwin Olian of Pan African Mining Corporation talk to Michael Forrest about the potential of this once politically-difficult to access island.
   In the news section, Materials World looks at novel materials that can be rolled up or shed their skins. French researchers have created a metal-organic framework that improves on drug administration. And a new technique from International Fire Consultants Ltd promises to measure heat-proof steal coatings with increased accuracy.

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