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                THE HIGHS (not lows) of 2020

                There’s no doubt that this year has been both difficult and unpredictable. As we were preparing for year end in 2019, it’s safe to say that nobody could have predicted the events that were about to unfold over the next 12 months.  

                That being said, there have nonetheless been highlights and moments of hope and humanity throughout this year. Here we take a look at a few of them from across the scientific and materials R&D communities.   

                An industry united

                Though devastating for the world both financially and socially, one positive outcome from COVID-19 has been the world’s united front, with communities coming together for a common cause. 

                Materials have played a huge part in the fight against the coronavirus, which has been a big reason behind Goodfellow remaining operational throughout the year. From coil used in volunteer programmes to make facemasks and PPE, to platinum/iridium wires that have been used in the production of flow meters for medical ventilators, Goodfellow materials have played a big part in the world’s united front to fight the virus. 

                From every person who stayed at home and followed local guidelines, to the scientists and researchers who continue to make breakthroughs that reveal the light at the end of the tunnel – everyone has played a part!  

                Innovation prevailed

                This year will go down in history as one of the most important ever in scientific innovation. Vaccine development, for example, is at or near the top of the list 

                Here at Goodfellow, it’s been a good year for innovation too! At the start of the year, we launched a range of Perovskites – a great addition to our catalogue due to their superconductivity, magnetoresistance, piezoelectricity and dielectric and pyroelectric behaviour. We also introduced six new products for use in Li-Ion batteries, providing a wide range of properties for battery innovation 

                Downtime fuelled creativity

                Many people have found themselves with more downtime this year, and creative projects have seen a boom. Whether it’s been a spare-time project or as part of career progression, there’s no doubt materials creativity has soared in 2020. From edgy street art to using Carbon Nanotubes in artwork, you’ll see some of that creativity in action when you check out our Materials Hub Designer Spotlights 

                To our customers and the scientific community, we wish you Season’s Greetings and a Happy, Healthy New Year!