Article - 3 Feb 2004
Zinc oxide (ZnO) has a number of useful properties. These include piezoelectric, ultraviolet (UV) absorbing and fluxing properties. These lead to a number of applications which are briefly outlined.
Article - 5 Nov 2003
Researchers have developed and patented the ultimate fashion accessory, colour changing nails. The false nails which use electrochromic technology can have their colour changed to any colour using a...
Article - 10 Oct 2003
Soapstone is a naturally occurring material that is suitable for use in countertops, cooking surfaces, fireplaces, wood stoves and ovens. Its composition and properties are briefly outlined.
Article - 12 Sep 2003
Smart or intelligent packaging is packaging that illicits a response to a stimuli. The concept is described, with applications and examples outlined. While some applications are a little way off,...
Article - 7 Feb 2003
Potassium is an extremely reactive alkali metal. Its abundance, extraction, occurrence and applications are covered as are mechanical, physical, thermal, electrical and atomic properties.
Article - 24 Jan 2003
Boron is a light element which will react with metals to form borates. Its occurrence, applications, atomic properties, isotope distribution, ionisation potential, physical properties, electrical...
Article - 10 Jul 2002
Castor oil is a plant extract consisting primarily of ricinoleic acid. It can be processed into derivitives that have similar chemical properties to petrochemical based oils. Sources, characteristics,...
Article - 3 May 2002
Alumina (aluminium oxide) is a versatile oxide ceramic material. This blog post will look at the different commercial grades available.
Article - 2 May 2002
Fumed silica is a useful additive for liquid and solid systems. It provides useful rheological properties such as thixotropy and controlled drying as well as hindering the settling of pigments. It...
Article - 14 Jan 2002
Nanophase Technologies Corp have released a new range of zinc oxide nanoparticles. Available in 3 sizes (others available on request), the powders are suited to electronics and personal care, with...