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Tapping titanium's colorful potential
A new, cost-effective process for coloring titanium can be used in manufacturing products from sporting equipment to color-coded nuclear waste containers. (2011-06-28)

Feds fund concept for cheaper, better titanium made in US
Case Western Reserve University researchers propose a low-cost, energy-efficient way to extract titanium from ore, in an effort to boost the domestic titanium industry and secure the supply of the strategic metal. ARPA-E selected the concept for contract negotiations, to fund the one-year project for about $675,000. (2013-10-03)

Heavy metal: Titanium implant safety under scrutiny
A new strategy to quantify the levels of titanium in the blood of patients fitted with titanium orthopedic implants is presented in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Yoana Nuevo-Ordonez and colleagues of the Sanz-Medel research group from the University of Oviedo have developed a sensitive method to determine the levels of titanium in human blood, establishing a baseline for natural levels of titanium in untreated individuals as well as measuring levels in patients with surgical implants. (2011-07-25)

New process could cause titanium price to tumble
Whether for stopping cars or bullets, titanium is the material of choice, but it has always been too expensive for all but the most specialized applications. (2008-05-20)

New photocatalyst speeds up the conversion of carbon dioxide into chemical resources
A new oxygen-deficient titanium dioxide prepared with Mg reduction method drastically improves the carbon dioxide conversion efficiency up to three times the efficiency of existing photocatalyst. It is expected to be applied for carbon dioxide resources and reduction technology. (2017-05-26)

New technique controls crystalline structure of titanium dioxide
Researchers have developed a new technique for controlling the crystalline structure of titanium dioxide at room temperature. The development should make titanium dioxide more efficient in a range of applications, including photovoltaic cells, hydrogen production, antimicrobial coatings, smart sensors and optical communication technologies. (2012-06-27)

Titanium dioxide nanoparticles can exacerbate colitis
Titanium dioxide, one of the most-produced nanoparticles worldwide, is being used increasingly in foodstuffs. When intestinal cells absorb titanium dioxide particles, this leads to increased inflammation and damage to the intestinal mucosa in mice with colitis. Researchers at the University of Zurich recommend that patients with colitis should avoid food containing titanium dioxide particles. (2017-07-19)

Sheffield 'FAST-forge' process set to change UK's high value manufacturing industry
Researchers have developed a new concept in high value manufacturing which could lead to a more cost effective and sustainable production process in the aerospace industry. (2016-10-11)

A bathroom that cleans itself
Cleaning bathrooms may be a thing of the past with new coatings that will do the job for you. Researchers at the University of New South Wales are developing new coatings they hope will be used for self-cleaning surfaces in hospitals and in homes. (2006-02-07)

Graphene boosts efficiency of next-gen solar cells
Yun Han Hu's team found that adding graphene to the titanium dioxide brought 52.4 percent more current into the circuit. (2012-04-24)

University of Cincinnati engineers find new way to spot cracks in aging aircraft
Researchers in the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering will describe a method for detecting microscopic cracks in critical aircraft parts Tuesday, Nov. 2 during the Acoustical Society of America meeting in Columbus, OH. The method combines laser heating and ultrasonic inspections and works on both aluminum and titanium alloys. (1999-11-01)

Skoltech scientists developed a new cathode material for metal-ion batteries
Researchers from the Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology (CEST) created a new cathode material based on titanium fluoride phosphate, which enabled achieving superior energy performance and stable operation at high discharge currents. (2020-03-23)

Children may have highest exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles
Children may be receiving the highest exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide in candy, which they eat in amounts much larger than adults, according to a new study. Published in ACS' journal, Environmental Science & Technology, it provides the first broadly based information on amounts of the nanomaterial - a source of concern with regard to its potential health and environmental effects - in a wide range of consumer goods. (2012-02-15)

1 in 4 patients have lost bone around their implants
Bone loss around dental implants is far more common than previously realised, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Around a quarter of patients loose some degree of supporting bone around their implants. (2010-01-13)

Microrockets fueled by water neutralize chemical and biological warfare agents
With fears growing over chemical and biological weapons falling into the wrong hands, scientists are developing microrockets to fight back against these dangerous agents, should the need arise. In the journal ACS Nano, they describe new spherical micromotors that rapidly neutralize chemical and biological agents and use water as fuel. (2014-10-29)

Titanium work surfaces could cut food poisoning cases say scientists
Food factory work surfaces coated in titanium could cut the number of food poisoning cases every year, scientists heard today at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. (2008-09-09)

Scientists successfully test new, safer titanium plate for bone tissue repair
For the first time, patented titanium fiber plates developed by Japanese engineers for medical use were put to the test in an animal model. Researchers from Shinshu University found that, unlike conventional plates, the titanium fiber plates do not cause bone embrittlement after close contact with the bone for prolonged periods. This could eliminate the need for plate extraction and the associate surgical risks. (2018-02-07)

Safety of combat military vehicles examined
A Queen's University Belfast academic is working on research that could help protect the lives of military based in Afghanistan. (2009-07-29)

Adding copper strengthens 3D-printed titanium
Successful trials of titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could kickstart a new range of high-performance alloys for medical device, defence and aerospace applications. (2019-12-04)

Tiny step edges, big step for surface science
An interesting effect could help build better solar cells and create better chemical catalysts: If a titanium oxide surface is completely flat, the electrons inside the material can move freely. But if there are tiny step edges on the surface, the electrons can localize, and then, oxygen can attach to the surface. (2014-04-09)

A new way to atomically thin materials
Metallic conductivity and hydrophilicity of MXenes have established them as electrodes in rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors, as well as other applications, including photothermal cancer therapy, electromagnetic shielding, water purification and gas sensing. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, researchers have now introduced a new production method. Instead of using conventional, yet more expensive, titanium aluminum carbide, they selectively etch silicon out of titanium silicon carbide, a cheaper and more common precursor, to synthesize titanium carbide. (2018-04-04)

Simulations reveal role of calcium in titanium implant acceptance
Titanium-based materials are widely used in medical implant technology, and coating the surface of titanium materials with biologically active molecules has recently shown promise to improve how cells adhere to implants. The mechanisms behind how peptides stick to titanium, however, are not fully understood. Researchers have now found how calcium ions present at the interface between titanium oxide and tissues affect how well peptides bind to the metal. The team reports their findings in Biointerphases. (2018-09-04)

Researchers generate hydrogen without the carbon footprint
A greener, less expensive method to produce hydrogen for fuel may eventually be possible with the help of water, solar energy and nanotube diodes that use the entire spectrum of the sun's energy, according to Penn State researchers. (2008-07-15)

Toward lowering titanium's cost and environmental footprint for lightweight products
A novel method for extracting titanium, a metal highly valued for its light weight, high strength, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility, could lower its cost and make it more widely accessible, for example, for producing lighter car parts to improve fuel efficiency. The method, which significantly reduces the energy required to separate it from its tightly bound companion, oxygen, appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2013-12-18)

UCSD medical/bioengineering reseachers show titanium debris satobtage artificial joints
Microscopic titanium particles weaken the bonding of hip, knee, and other joint replacements, according to research published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the Jacobs School of Engineering. The team demonstrated that titanium implants are safe in large blocks, but at the microscopic level, wear and tear can generate micrometer-sized particles. (2005-03-07)

Lasform - Building Aircraft Parts From Powder
A new process for producing high-tech titanium components for the aerospace industry, using laser forming technology and powdered titanium, could help to reduce production costs for prototype parts. Researchers at AeroMet in Minnesota USA have developed a process, called Lasform, that deposits powders of titanium alloys onto a substrate to build a 'preform' shape that can be machined to a precise finish. (1999-06-02)

Multi billion dollar titanium prospects
Australia has a golden opportunity to take a world lead in light metals, with the establishment of a multi-billion dollar industry in industrial-grade titanium. (2001-10-01)

Slippery customer: A greener antiwear additive for engine oils
Titanium, a protean element with applications from pigments to aerospace alloys, could get a new role as an environmentally friendly additive for automotive oil, thanks to work by materials scientists from Afton Chemical Corporation and NIST. (2008-07-23)

University group receives $1 million for hydrogen-generating research
The University of Nevada, Reno's Materials Nanotechnolgy Research Group, under the direction of Manoranjan Misra, professor of materials science in the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, has developed titanium dioxide nanotube arrays for generating hydrogen by splitting water using solar light. The group received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund the project. (2005-10-21)

Florida Tech receives $430,000 from NASA for lunar oxygen project
Florida Tech is collaborating with British Titanium, Cambridge University and the Kennedy Space Center on a NASA-funded project to produce oxygen from the Moon's regolith (top soil covering solid rock). (2005-06-08)

Titanium rings proving problematic for emergency care doctors
Rings made of titanium -- an increasingly popular alternative to gold and silver -- are giving emergency doctors a headache because they are so difficult to prize off swollen fingers, reveals a case study published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. (2015-08-13)

Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function
The ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and act as a barrier to pathogens is 'significantly decreased' after chronic exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, a common food additive found in everything from chewing gum to bread, according to research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2017-02-16)

Study reveals how oxygen is like kryptonite to titanium
UC Berkeley scientists have found the mechanism by which titanium, prized for its high strength-to-weight ratio and natural resistance to corrosion, becomes brittle with just a few extra atoms of oxygen. The discovery could potentially lead to more practical, cost-effective use of titanium in a broader range of applications, including vehicles, buildings and bridges. (2015-02-05)

Ames Laboratory-developed titanium powder processing gains international customer base
Titanium powder created with Ames Laboratory-developed gas-atomization technology has hit the market. Praxair Inc. now offers fine, spherical titanium powder for additive manufacturing and metal injection molding of aerospace, medical and industrial parts. It marks the first time large-scale amounts of titanium powder are available to industry with a potential for low-cost, high-volume manufacturing. (2015-12-08)

Crowning glory
Research present in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Nanomanufacturing from Inderscience Publishers suggests that coating dental implants with a synthetic bone material prior to implantation allows such implant to become incorporated much more successfully into the jaw, leading to smiles all round. (2008-04-04)

A splash of graphene improves battery materials
Researchers have found that graphene, sheets of carbon one atom thick, improves the performance of titanium dioxide as a lithium battery electrode. (2009-09-22)

Nanotechnology may help overcome current limitations of gene therapy
Scientists from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory have created a hybrid (2003-04-18)

Superconductivity found in thin films of titanium oxide
Researchers from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have discovered superconductivity in thin films of titanium oxide (Ti4O7) and gamma-phase trititanium pentoxide (γ-Ti3O5). The achievement advances fundamental knowledge of nanomaterials that could one day be used in the development of ultrafast computers. (2017-10-02)

The properties of thin titanium oxide films have been studied
Some titanium oxides are known for their unique properties, such as increased photocatalytic activity (i.e. they effectively use light to speed up chemical reactions). Titanium oxide-based coatings are able to clean themselves under the influence of light. Moreover, they can potentially be used to purify air and water from harmful substances and to desalinate seawater. (2020-01-21)

Ethylene suggested for hydrogen storage
New research reported by scientists from NIST and Turkey's Bilkent University makes the surprising prediction that ethylene, a well-known inexpensive molecule, can be an important material for an efficient and safe hydrogen-storage system. (2006-12-08)

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