The World Trade Organization (WTO) expanded its Information Technology Agreement (ITA) which will come into force on 1 July 2016. The EU and 24 other countries, including Japan, China and the USA, will gradually eliminate custom duties on 201 different  IT-products till 2019.

In the 1950s, thalidomide (Contergan) was prescribed as a sedative drug to pregnant women, resulting in a great number of infants with serious malformations. Up to now, the reasons for these disastrous birth defects have remained unclear. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have at last identified the molecular mechanism of thalidomide. Their findings are highly relevant to current cancer therapies, as related substances are essential components of modern cancer treatment regimens.

“What opportunities does nanotechnology provide in general, offer nanoparticles for my products and processes?” So far, this question cannot be answered easily. Preparation and modification of nanoparticles and their further processing requires special technical infrastructure and complex knowledge. For small and medium businesses the construction of this infrastructure “just on luck” is often not worth it. Even large companies shy away from the risks. As a result many good ideas just stay in the drawer.

The identification and computation of mechanical data in material science is crucial, a fortiori when alloys and combinations of materials for specific applications become important.

The materials and alloys have to be compatible to each other to withstand thermal and mechanical stress without breaking. In taking care of this, the durability of the compound is ensured for a long time. 

The therefore necessary mechanical properties have to be evaluated carefully on physical basis for each application to ensure a maximum level on security.

The properties in question are hardness, elasticity, penetration resistance, and some more specialized mechanical properties.