September 20th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
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.
September 19th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a method called water-assisted flash sintering that can densify powders to 98% of theoretical density in just 30 seconds. Their method takes place at room temperature and requires no external heating.
September 5th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
ceramitec 2018 is an international meeting place for the ceramics industry. Held April 10–13, 2018, in Munich, Germany, ceramitec brings together researchers, scientists, exhibitors, and students from around the world to discuss the latest trends and challenges in the ceramics industry.
August 22nd, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
According to a laboratory compositional analysis, the elemental recipe for a 129-g Apple iPhone includes about 24.1% aluminum, 15.4% carbon, 14.4% iron, and 14.5% oxygen by weight. And altogether, that pile of smartphone powder—ground from a $700 device—has a raw elemental value of about $1.03.
July 25th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
The CEO of advanced materials manufacturing company American Elements recently met with White House officials to vie for the government to nationalize the U.S.’s last remaining rare earth mine.
July 4th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
The U.S. celebrates its independence today, and part of that celebration is watching a fireworks display. Did you know that fireworks are a result of a chemical reaction with gunpowder? Here is a look at what goes into the making of fireworks.
June 28th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Scientists at the University of British Colombia (Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada) have a new strategy that just might be going somewhere—they’ve devised a technique to incorporate recycled rubber tire fibers into concrete to reuse the waste material, improve the durability of concrete, and reduced the carbon footprint of the concrete industry.
April 14th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a technique to 3-D print soft rubber-like materials out of ink composed primarily of extraterrestrial soil. Using a biologically derived binder to hold the soil particles together, the team demonstrated that their unique method can 3-D print tools, building blocks, and other structures.
April 4th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
The United States is becoming vulnerable to China's dominance of rare-earth materials. The Critical Materials Institute, with a grant from the DOE, works to reduce U.S. dependence on China for rare earths.