February 15th, 2018 | by April Gocha
The March 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring stories about fusion cast refractories for nuclear waste vitrification, the World Materials Research Institutes Forum, micromilling ceramic nanoparticulate materials, new NSF awards, and more—is now available online.
February 9th, 2018 | by April Gocha
Despite its material strength, concrete’s weakness is its huge carbon footprint. New methods are emerging to process wood into a high-performance structural building material that could someday take concrete’s place in buildings and beyond.
January 10th, 2018 | by April Gocha
Solidia Technologies is founded on the concept of using eco-friendly processing techniques to drastically lower the carbon footprint of concrete—watch this video to see how the company makes its carbon-dioxide-absorbing concrete blocks.
December 8th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, academia, and business has resulted in the discovery of high concentrations of rare-earth elements in several U.S. coal basins. The success of this discovery could eventually reduce the U.S.'s dependence on imported rare earths.
December 8th, 2017 | by April Gocha
Researchers at San Diego State University have developed a flash spark plasma sintering technique that can densify all kinds of materials, regardless of their electrical conductivity, in a matter of just seconds.
November 10th, 2017 | by April Gocha
The Giant Magellan Telescope, when completed and operational in 2023, will be the world’s largest telescope—but to build a giant, incredible telescope, you first need to build giant, incredible mirrors. And that process is currently underway at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona.
November 7th, 2017 | by April Gocha
An article recently published in The Economist science and technology section takes on a technology that most people look at everyday, yet hardly ever notice—glass.
October 6th, 2017 | by April Gocha
North Carolina State University researchers have developed a silicon carbide manufacturing process that may finally give this material the boost it needs to compete against silicon in the power electronics market.
September 20th, 2017 | by April Gocha
Researchers report a simple method to manufacture biocompatible structural colors using only melanin and silica. The silica shell provides a buffer layer of tunable thickness that allows customization of the particular color, offering the potential to fabricate a new breed of long-lasting pigments that don’t fade.
September 19th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Environmental concerns and decreased demand have contributed to the decline of coal as a fuel source. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing value-added products that may eventually revive the coal industry.