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Hazardex March: Editor's comment

23 March 2020

Since taking over as Editor of Hazardex, I have made a conscious effort to seek out the latest developments regarding hazardous area-related research being conducted at universities and organisations around the world.

Image (right): Shutterstock
Image (right): Shutterstock

The topics covered so far have included innovative technologies and studies such as a sponge that can help remove oil spills from water, a new and sustainable use for nuclear waste, pipeline corrosion detection inspired by bats, and cryogenically freezing batteries for safer transport, to name just a few. 
While many of the projects are in the very early stages of development, and may not find their way into industry for many more years (if at all), I still feel it is important to bring attention to the latest research and studies. Cost and reliability are often two reasons why such projects may never develop into viable technologies that see widespread adoption in industry. To overcome these roadblocks, it is essential that partnerships between industry and research organisations are developed. These collaborations give projects much needed financial and technological support and ease the process of developing research into viable solutions. 
Academic-industrial groups are also important ways of alleviating the skills gap as they are opportunities to support and develop the next generation of engineering talent. Furthermore, with industry actively seeking out and supporting innovative research, adopting the next wave of disruptive technologies is made easier. As shown by our quarterly PPTex supplement, there is an ever-growing demand for the latest, innovative safety technology, much of which originates from academic research. By increasing awareness, the next generation of engineering talent and technology could arrive sooner than expected. 
If you know of any academic research, groups, or emerging technology that you feel deserves coverage, please get in touch and let me know. 
…Alistair Hookway, Editor, Hazardex

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