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May 2008
This month we take a look at energy. Related articles focus on the opportunities for the UK’s energy materials sector, mapping the materials supply chains in power generation, and tips on how to measure and minimise energy use. In other features we investigate the use of modern machines and software used in mining operations, and the legal situation delaying the Rosia Montana Gold Project in Romania.
   In our news section, the Materials World team reports on plastic optical fibres that could help deliver faster broadband speeds, and cheaper and greener methods for titanium dioxide extraction.

April 2008
This month we look at the environment and sustainability. Related articles focus on diamond-like carbon coatings for aircraft, materials joining and processing techniques for lightweight automobiles, and the importance of packaging in reducing food waste. In other features we investigate a flood alleviation project in Bristol, UK, and structural geology techniques for assisting mineral exploration and resource development.
   In our news section, the Materials World team reports on a polymeric 3D hologram that can be erased and re-written, and a polymer nanocomposite with adaptive mechanical properties.

March 2008
This month we look at the automotive industry. Related articles focus on sustainable production, paint shop costs and coatings. In other feature stories, we investigate mining risk management and the search for oil off the Irish coast.
   In our news section, the Materials World team reports on new ways of disposing of irradiated materials and a silicon chip that is 10 times more energy efficient than standard versions.

February 2008
Welcome to the February issue of Materials World. This month we focus on plastics. John Loadman, a retired Analytical Chemist from Bishops Stortford, UK, examines the history of vulcanised rubber, while James Lewis, Chairman of Bac2 Ltd, Southampton, UK, describes how the cost of fuel cells can be reduced with a new conducted polymer. Related articles focus on plastic photovoltaic solar panels and non-destructive inspection of polyethylene pipes. In other feature stories, Michael Forrest takes a look at the Chinese coal mining industry and the use of computer modelling mining methods.
   In our news section, the Materials World team investigates the development of polymer lasers as well as the relationship between academia and industry.

January 2008
Welcome to the first issue of Materials World for 2008. This month we focus on Nanotechnology. John Gearing, Managing Director of Gearing Scientific Ltd, Ashwell, UK, discusses the measuring and testing of materials at the nanoscale, while Dr Cristianne Rijcken, a Postdoctoral Fellow from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, explores nanomaterials for drug delivery systems. Related articles focus on the future of nanotechnology and imaging materials at the nanoscale. In other feature stories, Michael Forrest takes a look at niobium mining in Araxa, Brazil and reports on the MinSouth commodity day, which focused on copper.
   In our news section, the Materials World team investigates the development of electrochemical technology to aid micro- and nanoscale substrate patterning, and recycling carbon-fibre based composites.

December 2007
Welcome to the December issue of Materials World, which this month focuses on new materials. Drs Robin Rogers and Gabriela Gurau, both from Queens University in Belfast, UK, explore the development of ionic liquids, while Jerome Ville of Fibroline, Ecully, France, discusses a new dry powder impregnation technique to treat materials. Related articles focus on the thermal properties of diamond-based materials, and the use of auxetic materials. In other feature stories, Michael Forrest takes a look at minerals exploration, and talks to John Menzies, CEO of Euromax Resources Ltd, Canada, about mining in Eastern Europe.
   In our news section, the Materials World team investigates the development of electroluminescent garments to improve personal safety and developments in medical laser manufacturing.

November 2007
Welcome to the November issue of Materials World, which this month focuses on thin films. Neil Alford, Chair in Materials at Imperial College London, UK, discusses new deposition techniques for thin films, while professor Frank Placido, Director of the Thin Films Centre at the University of Paisley, UK, explains the techniques used to refine thin film materials. Other related articles focus on depth profiling and 3D reconstruction of organic thin films, and the search for lead-free piezoelectrics using a high-throughput combichem approach. In other feature stories, Michael Forrest talks to Ashley Poulter, former supervising engineer at Scott Wilson Mining, UK, about stabilising the Bath stone mines.
   In our news section, the Materials World team takes a look at new ways of disposing of plutonium, and Australia’s improving materials science and engineering portfolio.

October 2007
Welcome to the October issue of Materials World, which this month focuses on polymers and composites. Stephen Kyle-Henney, Managing Director of TISICS Ltd, discusses the European aerospace opportunities for titanium composites, while professor Frank Jones of the University of Sheffield, UK, reports on the self-healing of matrix resins that can enhance the structural health of composite materials. Other related articles focus on the Nadcap composite accreditation programme and the use of natural polymers combined with inorganic carbonates to create tough and resilient composites. In other feature stories, Michael Forrest, President-elect of the London and Southern Counties Minerals Industries Institute (MinSouth), looks ahead to 2008 when the society will celebrate its 50th anniversary, while Richard Crockett of the Mining Institute of Scotland Ltd provides an overview of the institute’s history and future aims.
   In our news section, the Materials World team takes a look at the pros and cons of biofuels and a novel peptide-based hydrogel that may one day be injected to repair human tissue.

September 2007
Welcome to the September issue of Materials World, which this month focuses on magnetic materials. Matthew Ball of EPSRC takes a look at Responsive Mode Funding for magnetic research, while Michael Forrest talks to Len Comerford, Chief Executive Officer of Titanium Resources Ltd, about Sierra Leone’s rutile mining revival. Other magnetic-related features focus on how research into resonant frequency might improve the accuracy of sensing equipment, exploring the magnetic properties of nanostructures, and the role of numerical modelling in magnetic data storage technologies. In other feature stories, Magnus Ericsson, chairman of the Raw Materials Group, Sweden, describes the latest trends in the iron and steel industry, while Michael Hall of the National Physical Laboratory, UK, discusses the behaviour of magnetic materials under extreme conditions.
   In our news section, the Materials World team takes a look at a new superconducting magnet than can create a 26.8-tesla magnetic field, funding for carbon saving projects, and mining contracts in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

August 2007
Welcome to the August issue of Materials World, which this month focuses on medicine. John Priestly of Queen Mary University, UK, looks at using silk as an aid in nerve regeneration, while Professor Ifor Samuel of the University of St Andrews, UK, investigates a light-emitting sticking plaster to treat skin cancers. Other health-related features focus on articulated materials for supporting injured body parts, pills that progressively release their active ingredients, the potential of nanoparticles in molecular diagnostics, and the process of risk-based design for medical products. In other feature stories, John Cole-Baker examines the influence of mining codes, while Stephen Hamley of the Pan European Resources Committee describes the on-going process to harmonise the reporting of ore reserves around the world.
   In our news section, Rupal Mehta looks at the genesis of iron-oxide-rich copper-gold deposits and minerals mapping at an iron mine, while Meagan Ellis talks to Susan Kilcoyne, the first female head of a materials research institute in the UK.

July 2007
Materials and energy is the theme of the July issue of Materials World. Our feature stories look at the research being conducted on fuel cells by the UK’s National Physical Laboratory, as well as efforts by Imperial College London, UK, the Materials UK Energy Materials Working Group and QinetiQ to develop new materials to meet 21st century energy needs. In other feature stories, Michael Forrest investigates the future of gold, platinum and Scottish coal, while a group of international scientists discuss finding a replacement to traditional lead-tin solder.
   In our news section, Meagan Ellis reports on ecological housing innovations at the OFFSITE 2007 conference, while Rupal Mehta caught up with the research team at the UK’s Northwest Composites Centre. In other news, the Materials World team reports on a lithium-ion battery separator that helps prevent explosions, new austenitic stainless steels that can withstand higher temperatures, and a 3D plasma coating technique that will keep artery stents from clogging.

June 2007
Welcome to the June issue of Materials World, where this month we explore a degrading topic – corrosion. Three of our experts offer their advice on how to tackle this problem in order to keep structures and buildings safe and rust-free. In other feature stories, Keith Parker of Morgan Technical Ceramics highlights the cost savings that technical ceramics can provide for aerospace applications, while Michael Forrest looks at the uranium prospects of a mining project in Alaska, USA.
   In our news section, the Materials World team investigates environmental innovations, including an improved 3D solar cell and methods for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment. Rupal Mehta also talks to Wilfred Haensel of PlasticsEurope about his sustainability agenda for the plastics industry. Other news stories explore the use of synthetic diamond for high performance electronic products, a new four-in-one system for PCB inspection, and we take a look at the longest carbon nanotube yet to be grown – measuring a full 18mm!

May 2007
The May issue of Materials World makes for some ‘light’ reading as we discuss the less-hefty materials alternatives to steel. Four of our feature stories investigate the technology involved, and potential for, light metals such as aluminium, titanium and magnesium. In other feature stories, Dr Éva Valsami-Jones of the Natural History Museum, UK, makes the case for bone meal as an environmentally-friendly solution to remediation of old mines, and Mingwei Gao and Ralph Holmes of The Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation, in Australia, give an overview of the various grinding technologies available to the minerals industry.
   In our news section, the Materials World team reports on new superlenses made from metamaterials for enhanced optical imaging, and copper has shown advantages over steel in the injection moulding industry. The winners of Britain’s Top Early-Career Research Scientists, Engineers and Technologists were recently announced – Meagan Ellis travelled to the University of Cambridge to speak to two of the commended research students. And Rupal Mehta talks to mining entrepreneur Steven Poulton about the risks and rewards involved with creating a successful startup.

April 2007
The April issue of Materials World focuses on much-used materials that are nonetheless often overlooked – plastics. Through three feature stories, we look at the changes that are taking place in engineering thermoplastics, as well as the latest in polymer technology. In other features, Michael Forrest investigates the use of software in simulating mining hardware, Tim Clayfield of Dow Europe considers a new type of ethylene-propylene elastomer rubber, and Paul Renken of VSA Resources gives his opinion on hedge positions.
        Two major firsts are highlighted in our news section, as the Materials World team reports on the world’s first liquid transistor as well as Europe’s first waterjet machining technology centre. Rupal Mehta talks to a German scientist who has recently demonstrated that a 2D gauze of carbon atoms can exist in a free state. A newly-developed composite has proven to be stiffer than diamond (a feat supposedly never accomplished before). And a website that offers career advice to engineers and students has recently been launched.

March 2007
The theme for this issue is transport. It seems that at present we can hardly get away from the topic. Reports on climate change cite transport as a leading contributor to global warming and there has been a public outcry in the UK over related airport taxes. The Downing Street website was brought to a halt last month by attempts to sign a petition against ‘pay as you use’ road pricing, and much fuss was made over Tony Blair’s e-mailed response. Meanwhile, the congestion charge zone in London has been extended, leading to discussions over its usefulness in combating congestion. All this just goes to show how important transport is to our modern lives.

February 2007
   We had such a good response to the materials modelling issue of 2006 that we decided to try the topic again this year. This time around we take a look at models of crashworthiness, examining the issues involved in designing composite structures for energy absorption, and the added complexity of impact and crash analysis when composites are involved.
   We learn how the automotive industry is changing from a CAD centred approach, concentrating on product geometry, to a CAEapproach, using analysis software to simulate expected performance. There is also coverage of the Institute’s Materials Chemistry Committee, or the Alloy Phase Diagram Committee as it was previously known.
   A research team led by the University of Exeter, UK, recently reported that an obscure species of beetle could teach us how to produce brilliant white ultra-thin materials. The Cyphochilus beetle has an unusual brilliant white shell due to its surface structure. The insect’s scales are ten times thinner than a human hair, and industrial mineral coatings, for paper or plastics, would need to be twice as thick to be so white. The beetle is covered in long flat scales, which have highly random internal 3D structures – these irregular forms result in its uniquely effective light scattering. By balancing the size of the structures with the spacing between them, they scatter white light far more efficiently than the fibres in white paper.
   This is, of course, not the only example of biomimetics in materials. The news section describes a possible new onestep process to manufacture optical devices, based on the wings of a butterfly. The news also covers a method of imaging tumours.
   The Institute news section takes a look at 40 years of the Younger Members Committee and the forthcoming Starpack Awards. We also preview a new tribology journal to be published this year by the Institute and Maney Publishing.

January 2007
  Welcome to the first issue of Materials World for 2007. I hope that you all had an enjoyable break and that you didn’t pile on too may kilos over the holiday. I mention this because it ties in with our theme — the built environment. How? Well, new NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines on obesity call for buildings and spaces to be designed to encourage physical activity. As a result the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) — the UK Government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space — has produced a briefing examining what this means.
  According to the report, most sustained exercise is taken during the course of everyday activities, such as travelling to work or going to the shops, rather than specifically for health purposes. Therefore, the built environment should provide a network of routes to maximise the potential for activity on foot or by bicycle, rather than by motorised transport. The needs of cyclists and pedestrians should be put first — and drivers second. The document also advocates better signposting of stairs in the workplace and the availability of showers as an incentive for employees to cycle to work. Personally, I am not convinced that signposts and showers would make me more active, although I can see the advantage in well laid out parks and public spaces.
  Our features for this month will not bring you a miracle cure for obesity but they will inform on traditional building materials and their response to water. We also see how the ambience of an Italian shopping centre has been created using polycarbonate.
   News items report on the development of a new process to make hollow ceramics with reduced waste and the announcement that British scientists have succeeded in electro spinning fine threads of biocompatible silicone that contain viable human brain cells. The group hope the material may one-day aid in tissue regeneration.

December 2006
Transport is the theme of the December issue of Materials World. We look at some research and manufacturing developments in the field, not only in terms of increased sustainability, but also on new materials and safety. In our feature stories, we consider the investment made by exploration companies. Michael Forrest talks to Steve Windle, Managing Director of Queensland-based SDP technologies, about new geophysical techniques to aid discovery.
   In the news section, Materials World looks at the debate surrounding the new science GCSEs and the remediation of hexavalent chromium from waste water.
   Also this month, we are joined by our new News Editor, Dr Susan Essien Etok. Susan has a materials science background and is also the Vice Chair of the Younger Members’ Committee of the IOM3.

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.

October 2006
An important factor for the success of any product or project is choosing the right materials to bring one’s creation to life. The October issue of Materials World focuses on the topic of materials selection, including a look at factors such as cost, performance and availability. Through four feature stories, we look at the benefits that new and innovative materials can have within the automotive, bridge construction and health industries – as well as on the environment! In other feature stories, Michael Forrest looks at the opportunities being presented in the under-explored greenstone belts of Guyana, Douglas Jenkinson delivers this year’s Hopley lecture on historical barytes and fluorspar recovery, and Nick Osborne investigates the use of high-speed video in impact testing.
   Continuing on the theme of materials selection in our news section, Materials World looks at the cost and design implications of recovering vehicle parts. Rupal Mehta gets the inside scoop on a new US$100 million yacht that makes use of revolutionary composite masts. Our new commissioning editor, Martin Parley, discovers new smart clothing applications at the ‘How Smart Are We?’ conference. And researchers at MIT have been inspired by a unique desert beetle to create a novel water harvesting technology.

September 2006
The September issue of Materials World has been enlarged in order to bring its readers greater coverage of a small subject – nanotechnology. Through five feature stories, we explore the possible benefits of nanotechnology within the cement, healthcare, energy, microsystem and packaging industries. As this new technology continues to grow rapidly, some experts fear that not enough emphasis is being placed on its potentially negative side effects. Professor Geoffrey Hunt makes the case for more responsible use of nanotechnology. In other feature stories, Michael Forrest takes a look at the rise of Russian aluminium producer Rusal, and he also investigates new polymer technologies that are being used to tackle concrete corrosion problems.
   In our news section, Materials World previews a muscular, bouncing probe that is being developed by MIT researchers to explore the tunnels of Mars. Finish Technologies Ltd has created a sample pack to keep designers updated on the latest trends and innovations in materials. Researchers from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the USA are making use of UV light to transform the sticky surfaces of synthetic polymers to a more slippery feel. And Rupal Mehta talks to Hugh Clare about his role as Director of the UK’s Micro and Nanotechnology Network.

August 2006
The materials that are used in medicine can have an impact on just about everyone, and they are the focus for the August issue of Materials World. Our feature stories offer three different methods for repairing damaged human tissue or bones – tissue scaffolding, bioresorbable polymers, and ceramic implants. Professor Pankaj Vadgama also gives his opinion on why bio-researchers should focus more on active interfaces to prevent implant rejections by the human body. In other feature stories, we look at the potential for diamond mining exploration projects in northern Canada, as well as the benefits for mining companies that make better use of sustainable development.
   In our news section, Materials World talks to Steve McDanels of NASA about piecing together the materials puzzle created by the Columbia shuttle crash. Warren Richards of the Dalton Nuclear Institute makes the argument for rejuvenating the UK nuclear skills base. And we investigate the use of recycled construction and demolition waste for concrete building blocks.

July 2006
In a month when the football World Cup hogs the headlines, it seems only fitting that the July issue of Materials World should focus on materials in sports. Materials innovations in two sports are explored as Ken Ebert, Head of Segway Composites, continues his mission to create the perfect surfing experience and John Minett of B3 Technologies looks to capture a Winter Olympics gold for England’s skeleton bob team. The importance of high quality bicycling materials for both safety and creating a competitive edge are addressed in Dr Nigel Mills’ look at helmet production and Gino Ballavia’s explanation of the quality checks on lightweight magnesium alloy frames. In other features, we focus on one Australian mine’s rocky history in vanadium production, and engineer Peter Raleigh describes the difficulties construction companies have faced in building the Oporto Metro in Portugal.
   In our news section, Materials World concentrates on plastics. Sir Richard Friend offers his views on the rising development of polymer-based electronic devices. IOM3 fellow Professor Phil Coates was rewarded for his contributions to plastics at the recent Plastics Industry Awards, and Dr Robert Quarshie of the Materials KTN provides an overview of one of its nodes, Faraday Plastics. In other news, Sally Wilkes interviews Mike Gowan about his career in mine waste, and the Metals Academy has coordinated some new initiatives that aim to attract recruits to the metals industry.

June 2006
The June issue of Materials World focuses on energy and power. Keith Parker, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, discusses the materials challenges that will arise from more nuclear power initiatives. Microwave heating is finding new industrial uses, as Mark Pickering of Carbolite Ltd explains. And Sergei Dudarev of the European Atomic Energy Community offers his opinion on a new study that examines the materials defects formed under irradiation. In other features, we focus on the benefits of an engineering initiative geared towards improving productivity within the metals industry, Gerald Panneton of Continental Minerals discusses how China’s copper deficit can be met, and we take a look at the potential of tanzanite - a colourful gem that is growing in popularity.
   In our news section, Materials World looks at a team from the University of Teesside who have found an effective method to remove ochre from mine water, and Martin Bjerregaard of Golder Associates talks about his proposed NGO which will tackle the waste produced by major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in the USA. In other news, researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology are investigating an unusual ceramic that conducts electricity only in certain directions.

May 2006
The May issue of Materials World focuses on something that is all around us – packaging. As materials and products grow more advanced, and customers become more technically savvy, so too must packaging evolve and adapt to a more demanding market. Packaging Consultant Keith Barnes offers his advice to UK manufacturers on how to be more innovative. Dr Malcolm Butler explores the potential of using plastic electronics in packaging, while Paul Butler dismisses our current ‘use by’ system of dating on perishable food items and looks to the future when packaging can electronically monitor the food it holds. Tracking all of these packages – where they go and who sent them – in our current global marketplace requires a universal tracking system. In ‘RFID and the holy grail’, Gerrit Wassink offers a simplified guide through the complicated labyrinth of radio frequency identification standards.
   Of course, packaging is not the only area that is turning high-tech – our most primary mined goods have long-used technology to increase production and improve resourcing. This month’s issue includes two features on mining technology. ‘Defining earthy language’ shows how computer software is learning to speak the language of geologists, while Michael Samis of AMEC Americas Ltd demonstrates alternative methods for determining the economic viability of a mining project in ‘Get real’.
   In our news section, Meagan Ellis covers the launch of Hitachi’s new tabletop microscope, one of the smallest electron microscopes in the world. Rupal Mehta speaks to David Jackson about his experience as a packaging designer and his work using polypropylene. And Brian McCarthy, Director of TechniTex Faraday, gives an overview of the UK’s technical textiles sector.
   As many readers will know, April 2006 saw the Institute hosting its biennial Materials Congress, and this year’s event was marked by a number of symposia, lectures and masterclasses. The Materials World team reviews the highlights of the Congress.

April 2006
Our April issue is all about people. Ultimately, the success of a company is driven, not by the products or services it is selling, but by the work put in by its employees. David Allsop, Principal Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire’s Business School, considers the issue of studying teamwork within organisations to improve coal miner’s job satisfaction. Arshad Hafeez, Director of Global Business Operations for the Performance Review Institute, explains why it is so important for people with extensive experience in materials science or metallurgy to become auditors.
   The health and safety of mining employees is always of utmost importance, but as Jim Galvin discovers, recent protective legislation in Australia may actually be doing the industry more harm than good. Keeping on the theme of Australian legislation, Sally Wilkes investigates the relationship between mining companies and Aboriginals now that the rights of the indigenous landowners have been recognised. And in the face of statistics that show only two to three percent of engineering expert witness reports are presented at court, Chris Brookes asks if professional engineers are doing enough to release valuable information to the public.
   In our news section, Rupal Mehta reports on an ongoing theme in the mining and energy sector – a lack of highly-skilled personnel – and what the Australian government and industry are doing to improve this situation. Also being covered in the R&D section is the recent discovery that copper surfaces are effective in preventing the spread of Influenza A viruses like E Coli or Avian flu. And in ‘Time to show community spirit’ we get a reaction to Rapra’s fall into administration.

March 2006
Our March issue focuses on materials modelling. Robin Grimes, Professor of materials physics at Imperial College London, gives an overview of the main approaches in atom-scale simulation, while Andrew Sherry explains the importance of materials modelling to the nuclear industry. In our mining features, we report on the first primary diamonds found in Namibia and Philip Gray investigates the best methods for recovering zinc from known resources.
   In our news section, Rupal Mehta unearths a TRL project trying to make grass surfaces tough enough to be used as carparks. We hear from David Arthur, Project Director of SMART.mat, the smart materials arm of the newly launched Materials Knowledge Transfer Network, and in ‘Spinning out’ we report on a novel technique for growing self-supporting scaffolds using polymeric fibres.

February 2006
In this issue of Materials World, our electronics theme takes you from A to Z. A is for Angstrom – John Wolstenholme of Thermo Electron Corporation reports on the nanometre-scale analysis of ultra-thin semiconductor films. Z is for zeolite, a porous crystalline solid that could now find applications in molecular sensors and electronics – Gerard Ferey, from the University of Versailles, France, explains. And in between, we have a progress report from the team at London South Bank University working on ferroelectric materials.
   Our mining features include a report by Steven Poulton of Ariana Resources on the potential for gold exploration in Turkey, and in ‘Heaps of Nickel’, mining consultant Keith Irons describes a new acid heap leach process.
   In the news, Rupal Mehta reports on the microanalysis of artworks, and in our R&D section you can read about the first demonstration of negative resistance in an amorphous semiconductor. We also cover the launch of the Materials KTN and SMART.mat, two initiatives by the DTI. And in Institute News, we profile Dr Richard Dolby, the new president of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

January 2006
A year after the Asian tsunami, the clean-up operation poses a growing number of technical and social issues. In our ‘Sustainability’ issue, Martin Petersen from Golder Associates writes about his visit to the devastated Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, and reports on the problems facing NGOs in dealing with the waste generated by the disaster. In our opinion piece, Martin Charter from the Centre for Sustainable Design, UK, suggests ways for organisations to achieve their eco-objectives, and in ‘Feat of clay’ we report on unfired clay bricks, which are becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable construction material.
   In our mining features, Michael Forrest reports on a new process for platinum recovery developed by Platinum Australia Ltd, and in ‘Stone Age’ he reveals how a shortage of local stone could impoverish the UK’s architectural heritage.
   In the news, we report on a new initiative to reduce accidents in quarries, and in ‘Power to the people’ Luke Hutson goes in search of the debate on the building of new nuclear power stations. And in our profile section, Rupal Mehta talks to Siobhan Matthews, the Chair of the Institute’s Young Members Committee, director of her own company, and incidentally the first female rugby referee in Ireland.

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