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Energy and precious metals - Latest issue of Materials World magazine

09.07.2007
Materials World is the monthly publication of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). This month’s issue focuses on energy and precious metals, and includes:

• Fuel of promise – With fuel cells touted as a possible solution to aspects of the energy crisis, the Institute of Measurement at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington, UK, is stepping up research in an attempt to commercialise them. Scientists at NPL aim to improve the durability of cells by finding a method to directly examine the processes inside a working cell. They hope to develop a model that will describe cell functions at every level. Using thermal imaging they are investigating more efficient materials for electrodes and electrolytes.

• Materials for energy – Energy conversion is a major worldwide issue. Alan Atkinson, Director of Materials Research, and Jim Williamson, Professor of Materials Chemistry at Imperial College London, UK, describe energy materials research at the College. The article explores solid oxide fuel cells, suitable materials for use within them, and research to optimise organic solar cells and improve the efficiency of dye sensitised solar cells.

• Going platinum – Exploring the trends in platinum supply and demand, this feature examines the formation and location of the metal. The changes in demand from the automotive section are explored, as is the use of platinum in jewellery. Information is provided about major investors and their current projects.

In addition, Materials World carries industry and conference news, as well as event listings. The mining feature in July’s issue covers developments in Scottish coal. Looking at the opportunities ATH Resources’ has capitalised on, the article also considers responsible mining and how coal can help address the energy gap.

Zoe Chiverton | alfa
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http://www.iom3.org/materialsworld/

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