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Published on December 14th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to a press release, a Cornell research team has invented a simple way to grow graphene directly onto a silicon wafer. The work was published online Oct. 27 in the journal Nano Letters. Predictions have been made that graphene will eventually be a substitute for silicon in electronics, but making it in large quantities …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 12th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The DOE has paid out only 8% of its Recovery Act funds: And, the National Science Foundation has paid out only 4% of its Recovery Act funds: At least one commentator (see here) thinks my expectations are flawed about the speed of the funding from DOE and NSF. I continue to disagree. First, my expectations …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 9th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a … van with solar panel wings? As the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen gets under way, Sanyo has unveiled its latest green-energy machine. Scheduled to go on display tomorrow (Dec. 10) at the Eco Products 2009 International Exhibition in Tokyo, the Solar Electric Vehicle is …

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Career




Published on December 9th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy announced on Dec. 8 that it is launching a new fellowship project. According to the DOE, ARPA-E is looking to hire (for two-year terms) “highly technical scientists and researchers, who will actively help create the strategic direction and vision of the country’s first agency devoted exclusively to …

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Biomaterials




Published on December 9th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/fischman_friedberg09.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/fischman_friedberg09.jpg}] Gary Fischman, director of National Academies’ boards dealing with Materials, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, was the 2009 Arthur L. Friedberg Memorial Lecturer at the recent ACerS Annual Meeting and MS&T’09 conference. Here is how he described the topics he covers in his lecture: “From the beginning of the 20th century to its …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 9th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

In a new paper published in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Stanford University research team reports on startlingly easy and inexpensive way to make a supercapacitor: Just brush an ink made of single wall carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires onto ordinary paper. The team, led by Yi …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 8th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

(Via Treehugger) Solarmer Energy has announced that the company has achieved a new certified-by-NREL record for efficiency with their plastic organic photovoltaic solar cells. Solarmer feels that their plastic OPV cells represent a new generation of solar cells that are flexible, transparent and less expensive to produce than silicon solar panels. Solarmer uses low cost …

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Business




Published on December 8th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Not in actual production, but Yanko Design is trying to stretch the possibilities with a new type of all-terrain vehicle for forest fire fighters to do recon and actual fire suppression: To create a homogenous directive towards survivability AMATOYA incorporates state-of-the-art clear aerogel laminated insulation in the windows and bodywork, a dedicated auxiliary water supply …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 4th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Expect to see the DOE, the EPA and other federal agencies make some major announcements next week to coincide with the big Copenhagen conference. The DOE, for example, just issued a news advisory that it will be holding a news conference that will include a fascinating group that includes Secretary Chu, Under Secretary of Commerce …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 4th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A Swiss adventurer said his first flight using a prototype of a solar-powered plane he will try to fly around the world in was successful, reports the Times Online. The short, low altitude flight at a Swiss airfield Thursday proved the prototype can fly, said adventurer Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the first hot-air balloon to …

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