Materials Science

The trouble with 'miracle' synthetics is that, so far, there hasn't been one

George Osborne: Britain is betting big on graphene.

Until the 19th century we had to rely almost entirely on nature for the fabrics from which we built our world.

Sunday, 6 January, 2013, 2:48am

Look at real nature of glass problem

Glass fell from The Arch, in West Kowloon. Photo: Felix Wong

With regard to the recent reports about glass falling out [of buildings in Hong Kong], there appears to be a lot of debate without properly establishing the nature of the problem.

31 Oct 2012 - 2:41am

Glass needs stringent testing to prevent it falling from buildings

Cracked glass was caused by an impurity. Photo: Yu Wai-kin

Glass panels that have fallen from the walls of two luxury estates have been diagnosed with "glass cancer", which is caused by an impurity common in tempered glass and which can be prevented only by stringent quality control.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

Toxic chemical in baby bottles escapes ban

The government yesterday called on plastics makers to find alternatives to the controversial chemical BPA, but stopped short of joining the list of places, including the mainland, that ban its use in baby bottles.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Style meter


Sleek, clean lines

Calvin Klein is king.

Equestrian-inspired boots

Rocking runways and gymkhanas alike.

Rick Owens' new Hong Kong store

We're mad about the boy.

Eco-friendly fashion

Green is still good.


Hello Kitty

14 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

The goods

Lyon kings Mulberry has expanded its bag offerings for men this autumn. The Lyon collection features slouchy styles, including the messenger (HK$7,050) and tote (right; HK$9,150), that are modern yet classic and can be worn various ways. Each style features a plaque and gold-clip hardware - choose from materials such as oak and gunmetal leather and waxy suede.

22 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Recyclable bag comes from recycled bottles

People can give the environment a double boost by using reusable shopping bags made from recycled plastic bottles, a green company says.

The GPET bags are woven from fibre recovered from bottles made out of polyethylene terephthalate, a type of polyester commonly referred to as PET.

Forleda Eco-Services is the Hong Kong company behind the bags.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am


From edgy table lamps that light up your living room to products that are aesthetically pleasing, these gifts should appeal to you this season

1 Sweet Candy sapphires and white diamond necklace (HK$43,500) and earrings (HK$75,200), Ensemble International.

2 Prada Christmas bracelet Trick Charm Cupid (HK$950).

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Manufacturers bear brunt of increasing crude costs

Bondi Luk Pak-shing was tempted to sell a container of polystyrene his factory bought two months ago after seeing the price of crude oil by-products surge almost 30 per cent.

13 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Engineers manufacturing change

Graduates starting out in the field can look forward to a bright future, with many City University Alumni receiving starting salaries well above the market average

31 May 2008 - 12:00am

Age-old science shapes the world

Materials science might sound like an ultra-modern concept, but the science and engineering skills date back to when man first shaped flint to make cutting tools.

Materials have always been important to the progress of civilisation.

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Plastics maker needs an expert for Shenzhen plant

A leading multinational, Nasdaq-listed, precision-engineering firm is looking for a strong leader and specialist in polymer plastics to spearhead the production plant in Shenzhen.

The manufacturer of plastic goods has more than 2,000 employees and 10 global offices.

Drake International is handling the search.

16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Company profile - China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec)

Sinopec's principal activities are the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. It transports, refines and markets crude oil, natural gas and products by pipelines. Other activities include the manufacture of chemical fibres, plastics, intermediate petrochemical products, synthetic fibres, resins, polyester chips and polyester fibres.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1970

15 May 2007 - 12:00am

City Briefs

Newborn abandoned in Causeway Bay

6 Mar 2007 - 12:00am