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Cryogenic Probe Stations from Lake Shore Cryotronics - Features and Applications

Brad Dodrill from Lake Shore Cryotronics shows us through one of their cryogenic micromanipulator probe stations. These are used to characterize electronic and magneto transport properties of materials such as semiconductor wafers.

CIGS and CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells: New Target Designs for More Material Utilization

Changing the sputtering system from planar to rotary targets increases the target utilization from about 30% to 75%, which saves expensive raw material.

Robots Inspired by Nature

Scientists are looking to nature for inspiration for today's robotic design. This video shows the various robots that have being designed based on a concepts found in nature. Using these concepts, scientists have taken robots way passed simple machanical devices. They are now able to create more complex robots with a greater range of movements, logic and flexibility.

Failure of Nanocrystalline Aluminium (Al) Thin Film

A video demonstration on the failure of a nanocrystalline aluminium thin film.

How Shot Peening Technology Can Improve Product Performance

What gives a race car the winning edge ? How do aircraft landing gears sustain the heavy punshiment of stress ? This video explains the process and applications of shot peening technology in improving product performance.

What is Nanotechnology and the Applications of Carbon Nanotubes in AFM

A video clip describing what is nanotechnology and the application of carbon nanotube tips in AFM as they give higher resolution , low cost, good electrical conductivity, flexible, high strength and its potential applications in polymers and strengthening polymers.

Carbon Nanotube Aerogel Muscles

A video demonstration looking at the molecular level of Superelastic Carbon Nanotube Aerogel Muscles.

Carbon Fibre Composites and Shape Memory Alloys Help Advance Wing Design

A video clip showing how composites are replacing many of today's materials. In particular aircraft wing structure are now commonly made of carbon fibre composite layers held together by epoxy resisn which produce a material that is light, strong and rigid. Piezoelectric fibres which can change shape or morph from one shape to another are paving way for new wing designs.

How the iPhone Flip its Screen

Ever wander how the iPhone is able to flip its screen as you rotate your phone ? Watch and find out how.

Silicon Carbide - The Application of Silicon Carbide in Future Energy Efficient Hybrid Vehicles

A video clip from on the applications of silicon carbide in particularly in the automotive industry. Currently the use of silicon carbide is mostly in the photonics and LED field, however as the quest continues for energy efficient power device continues, silicon carbide has shown to be a promising source of new power device. Research projects involving silicon carbide are currently in partnership with Toyota Motor Corporation

Strength of Materials - A Course on the Fundamental Understanding

This is a video course on the strength of materials. The video provides fundamentals to understanding the strength of materials. A good insight into the fundamental knowledge.

How A Fuel Cell Works

This video demonstrates how fuel cells work and their various potential applications. A detailed breakdown of a fuel cell into its various components is provided and a basic explanation how the method of operation is provided. Also included is the problems that have hampered their commercial usage to date.

Molybdenum Glass Melting Electrodes from Plansee

In this video Astrid van Zoomeren from Plansee talks about the molybdenum glass melting electrodes. Glass melting electrodes must withstand extremely high temperatures and aggressive glass melts.

Renewable Energy Source - Revolutionary Spherical Solar Cells Increases Energy Efficiency

Spherical Solar cells -In the quest for finding renewable energy sources, a revolutionary spherical solar cell competes with traditional solar cell. It can harness reflective and diffuse solar light and direct light from all direction. Connected in parallel or in series and in different shapes and sizes. For powering different products like windows. Molten silicon is used in the production and the process that its made, no silicon is wasted.

Nanocrystalline Aluminum Thin Film Under Applied Stress

A video demonstration on nanocrystalline aluminium thin film under applied stress.

How Reflective Plastics Are Made and How They Work

Nasa Advanced Materials Research Lab demonstrate how reflective materials are made and work. Developing reflective plastic films made from polymer solution with metal ions and than cured which gives the reflective plastics. The applications of reflective plastics in aerospace industry.

What is Materials Science?

Ever been asked what materials science is? If so, just send people to this apage for the answer. An interesting compilation put together by the staff and students at the Department of Materials Science at UNSW.

Using Shape Memory Alloys in Aircraft Wings to Reduce Turbulence

A video clip showing the use of shape memory alloys in aircraft wings could be used to reduce turbulence in airplanes. The shape memory effect of alloys of titanium, nickel and copper is demonstrated and explained. Such alloys have been used to create a prototype aircraft wing. The advantages of the materials in this application are outlined.

Carbon Nanotube Electronics

The Stanford Nanoelectronics Group presents "Nanotechnology - Carbon Nanotube Electronics", a short educational video on nanotechnology and carbon nanotubes

The Science and Benefits behind OLED Displays

Kodak scientists have developed an organic alternative for building televisions. In particular they have developed an organic Light Emitting Displays or OLED technology. They explain how the technology works and advantages over existing technologies such as plasma and LCD including color brilliance, deeper blacks, higher contrast ratios, good readability, thinner size, better readability and recyclability.

Demonstration of Magnetic Liquid - Ferrofluids

A video demonstrating ferrofluids and its potential applications. Ferrofluids are composed of nanoscale ferromagnetic, or ferrimagnetic, particles suspended in a carrier fluid, usually an organic solvent or water. The ferromagnetic nano-particles are coated with a surfactant to prevent their agglomeration

World's Thinnest OLED Display Screen and Future Applications of OLEDs

A video clip showing the new release of Sony's 3mm thick OLED display screen. It is made from supertop emission technology combined with microcavity structure and color filters. Picture clarity from different angles while maintaining picture quality. Utilise Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) which is both energy efficient and easier to produce. Discussion of future applications of OLED.

The World's Most Fuel Efficient Vehicle - PAC II

PAC Car II is the most Fuel-efficient Vehicle in the world powered by a single fuel cell that broke world record to become world most fuel efficient vehicle. Capable of doing 5385 km per litre which is equivalent to travelling around the world in 8 litres of petrol !!!

UV Conformal Coating - Features and Applications

This video demonstrate the process of producing UV conformal coating using UV conveyor processing. The UV oven is an inline system with full images of a UV conformal coating curing.

How a Raman Spectrometer Works ?

This video detail the proper setup for taking Raman measurements using the Ocean Optics Q65000 Spectrometer. Once setup is complete it takes you through the steps of performing a basic Raman measurement using a Ramen spectrometer.

Zwick Electromechanical Testing Actuator

A video clip from Zwick showing there electromechanical testing actuators. The variation in the usage and application is clearly shown. The electromechanical actuator provide flexibililty allowing numerous applications inlcuding testing of shock absorbers at high testing speed, process monitoring for production of electromagnets and much more.

Characterizing Battery and Storage Materials Using Electrochemical Strain Microscopy

Asylum Research has introduced unique technology for characterizing battery materials for their Cypher AFM. Called Electrochemical Strain Microscopy, this technique allows you to look at lithium ion transport capabilities of materials. Sergei Kalinin from Oak Ridge National Laboratory explains how this technique works and Roger Proksch from Asylum Research demonstrates how the Cypher produces data and its relevance to the field of battery materials.

Demonstration of Fluorescence of Various Materials In Solution

An interesting short video showing the fluorescence of various materials in solutions.

Nano-composite Hydrogels and Their Application to Healthcare

The newest in innovative medical material is the nano-composite hydrogel or NC Gel. This video demonstrate the medical applications of NC Gel which display good mechanical properties, transparencies and is made of 90% ordinary water suitable for various biological applications. Not only that, it is also environmentally friendly.

How Solar Photovoltaic Cells Work

Learn how solar photovoltaic cells can work for you at home by generating your own power by harnessing the energy from the sun.

Stretchable Highly Conductive Film

The video demonstrate the development of a new highly conductive film that can be stretched like rubber. It has many application in electronic circuitry and in particularly in the development of artificial skin incorporated with sensors.

The Pentronix Multipack 1204 Automated Anvil Press

The Pentronix Multipack 1204 is suited to pressing ceramic and metallic powders into high precision components at the rate of 10-120 parts per minute. These components are typically used in electronic applications.

Zetium from PANalytical - Excellence in Elemental Analysis

Building on years of experience and success with PANalytical's extensive analytical X-ray portfolio, Zetium represents a revolutionary step in materials analysis.

Functional Bioplastics Made from Thermally Conductive PLA Composite

This is a video clip displaying NEC's newest highly functional bioplastics made from plant extracts reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preserving oil resources. The bioplastics compositions are based on polylactic acid (PLA) with the addition of carbon fibers and proprietary bonded material which have desirable properties. These add durability and result in a higher heat conductivity than stainless steel.

Evolution of Advanced Ceramics - Material of the Future

The evolution of materials provided by Ceradyne. Provides a review of where advanced ceramics are used, which is almost everywhere, although you may not realise it.

Wireless Remote Sensor for Mechanical Stress Measurement

A video clip showing how a remote senor is made to test mechanical stress on a helicopter rotor component. This remote sensor is wireless, transmits without a power source with an embedded strain gauge measurement chip and a piezoelectric device allowing the measurement of the loads on the rotor component. As these components are designed for use miltary helicopters, they were designed to tell designers about the different stress levels encountered during aggressive manoevres. View Video

Development of Micro Titanium Needle

The features of this new production technology include its use of precious metals that have high melting points as the tube material, which is then deposited on a linear surface. Subsequently, only the surface material is removed to create a hollow structure. This technology reduces defects, improves rigidity, and can produce complex forms coated with pharmaceutical agents.

Synroc - Technology for Neutralizing Nuclear Waste

Dr. Lou Vance, Chief Scientist at ANSTO tells us about a technology called Synroc that they have been developing over many years to neutralise nuclear waste. He tells us about the origins of Synroc, the structure of Synroc, how Synroc is made and its commercial success to date.

Alternative Material to Silicon based Solar Cells - The New Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSC)

The Japanese are developing dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) which does not require any silicon making it cost effective and can be mass produced to meet future market demand as solar cell usage increase. The current development method has overcome previous production challenges and meet up to the JIS standard and the results are comparable to conventional silicon based solar cells.

Properties of Titanium (Ti) and Nickel (Ni) Alloys

This video shows the properties of alloys made of nickel and titanium and demonstrate the affect of stress on the properties of alloys.

Advanced Technology for Development of Weapons for Future Warfare

A good video from the Discovery channel showing viewers the future of warfare with the advancement of technology and materials. The use of powerful laser beams for use in space warfare, from the 15,000 watt laser beam for destroying targets. A good demonstration of the changing role of warfare and the weapons adapted for the future.

The Anter LS2 Module for Thermal Property Determination

The FlashLine series from Anter Corp is able to determine various thermal properties of a wide range of materials using the laser flash method. The properties that the FlashLine can determine include thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity and specific heat capacity. The modular unit allows thermal properties to be determined at a range of temperatures from cryogenic to 2800°C.

The Process Behind Making the 45nm Processor

This video takes the viewer through the manufacturing process of an Intel 45nm chip factory. The technology behind the 45nm chip and the machine and process required for manufacturing one of the world's smallest transistors.

Piezoelectric and Reverse Piezoelectric Effect for MAE/ECE 535

A video demonstration on the piezoelectric and reverse piezoelectric effect for MAE/ECE 535 with everyday household appliances.

Operation of a PEM Hydrogen Fuel Cell

This video demonstrates how a hydrogen fuel cells works and how it can be used to replace an internal combustion engine with a clean, quiet, pollution-free power source. In this case the operation of a PEM fuel cell is explained.

The AZoM iPhone App - The World of Materials in the Palm of Your Hand

The iPhone app from gives you the world of materials in the palm of your hand. It offers you a totally portable way to locate materials solutions, suppliers and products as well as providing you with the latest materials news, conveniently broken down into categories to suit various industry sectors.