Category Archives: Materials technology

Laser: social medium avant la lettre

Lasers are everywhere around us, and are indispensable in our daily lives in applications such as metal cutting and welding, in DVD players and laser printers, to send signals through glass fibers, or to sinter particles to each other in 3D printing manufacturing processes. And where would science fiction movies like Star Wars be without […]

Materials science in a nutshell

Materials are the building bricks of everything that we see around us. Where would smartphones, cars, buildings or solar cells be without the right materials? Materials are so self-evident that we almost forget how special they are. Materials science provides an answer to the questions ‘Why is that peculiar material suitable for that application?’ and […]

Traditional and advanced ceramics

Clay is the most important raw material for traditional ceramics such as bricks, tiles, sanitary ceramics and tableware. The word ‘earthenware’ for ceramic pots and jugs is an indication that their raw materials are literally obtained from the ground. Clay is a natural product whose composition varies. Clay particles are flat hexagonal plates with a […]

Data faster through glass fibre or copper?

You can download digital files from the internet via your glass fibre optic cable or through copper wire – coax cables, telephone cables (such as ADSL) or network cables (‘twisted pair’). One bit of information goes nearly as fast through copper as through glass, with two-thirds of the speed of light. This information is carried […]

Meet materials – materials technology for people without a materials science background

Why are chinaware, drinking glasses and metal cutlery dry when taking them out of the dishwasher, while plastic cups remain wet? Is a LED-lamp really the reverse of a solar cell? Why does data travel faster through a glass fibre than through a copper wire? And how can you make glass or ceramics more fracture […]

Student Speech Contest during 12-May meeting of Dutch Ceramic Society (NKV)

The board of the Dutch Ceramic Society is pleased to invite you for our next meeting on Thursday May 12. On this date, you are welcome in Restaurant Croy De Goffert in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, for the following program that mainly deals with interaction between young ceramic researchers that present their research, and experienced people […]

Self healing materials – Pioneering research in the Netherlands

This week, a new book on self healing materials was published. On 27 October 2015, during the IOP symposium ‘Self healing materials – prepare for landing’ in Utrecht, the Netherlands, the book ‘Self healing materials – Pioneering research in the Netherlands’ saw the light. The editors of the book – Sybrand van der Zwaag and Eddy […]

27 October – Final event national research programme Self Healing Materials – Prepare for landing

On 27 October the final event of the ‘Innovatiegerichte Onderzoeksprogramma (IOP)’ Self Healing Materials will take place in Utrecht. The ‘IOP’ is a ten-year research programme subsidized by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency in which 5 Dutch universities and no less than 68 companies participated. Full Professor Novel Aerospace Materials Sybrand van der Zwaag is the […]