The AZoM.com "Materials Thought Leaders" series is a selection of articles that cover the key technology areas where materials are making an impact and where they will make an increasing impact. All the articles are written by experts who have been invited as recognised leaders in their fields to provide a "state of the art" contribution.
After being severely and quasi-plastically distorted, shape memory materials (SMMs) are able to recover their original shape when a right stimulus is applied. This phenomenon is known as the shape memory effect (SME).
By Professor Wei Min Huang
25 May 2012
In this interview, Dr. Johannes Carolus (John) Jansen, discusses membrane technology as a potential solution to problems related to energy efficiency and the environmentally friendly use of our limited resources.
By Dr. Johannes Carolus Jansen
4 Apr 2012
In this interview, Dr Thomas Lippert tell AZoM about Pulsed laser deposition (PLD), a growth technique in which the photon, characterized by pulse duration, laser wavelength and fluence, interacts with a bulk material.
By T. Lippert and C.W. Schneider
14 Mar 2012
In this interview, Prof. Yoon-Bo Shim of South Korea's Pusan National University discusses how conductive polymers have seen great advancement during the last two decades.
By Prof. Yoon-Bo Shim
4 Mar 2012
Phase contrast imaging (PCI) based on using synchrotron X-rays is an ideal method to visualize internal microstructure of various materials, in particular, of semiconductor materials.
By Prof Jung Ho Je
12 Feb 2012
Nature’s porous materials, bone, coral and cork, are synonymous with strong and lightweight structures.
By Dr Andrew Kennedy
1 Feb 2012
In this interview, Dr. Carmen Alvarez-Lorenzo discusses three research lines that are being currently carried out in the R&D Pharma Group of the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
By Dr. Carmen Alvarez-Lorenzo
14 Dec 2011
The development of catalysts that are capable of polymerizing or copolymerizing functionalized vinyl monomers (CH2=CHX) by insertion mechanisms would enable the synthesis of new polyolefins with enhanced properties.
By Dr. Changle Chen
27 Nov 2011
The performance envelope of materials limits much of what technology can accomplish, better materials translate into cleaner, safer, and cheaper energy.
By Prof. Michael J. Demkowicz
7 Nov 2011
In this interview, Dr Gregory L Whiting of PARC, discusses recent developments and benefits in the low-cost volume fabrication of electronic devices using additive printing techniques.
By Dr Gregory L Whiting
14 Jul 2011