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Published on October 7th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

From the Army Research Office, Materials Science Division: A major opportunity to enable efficient manufacturing of advanced materials lies in the discovery and critical understanding of the fundamental physical laws and phenomena of materials processes. It is impossible to escape the buzzword “manufacturing” in today’s world, but its widespread usage shows that manufacturing means many …

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Basic science




Published on October 7th, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

• Japanese electronics company Hitachi has unveiled slivers of glass that can store digital information for millions of years. The company said the slivers of quartz glass can endure extreme temperatures and hostile conditions without degrading. • Beroa NovoCos sister company has terminated a joint venture with Sorg. The shareholders of Sorg-Karrena Service GmbH, Lohr am Main, …

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Business




Published on October 5th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here is what we are hearing: Tam Ceramics expands its custom materials processing and recycling program Tam Ceramics recently announced it has expanded its material processing and recycling services, and has made additional investments in dedicated calcining, crushing, milling and sizing equipment. Discrete circuits and additional classification capabilities help ensure the quality and efficiency needed …

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Basic science




Published on October 4th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

(a) Schematic of the unipolar switching in SiOx, showing the typical set (red) and reset (blue) I-V curves (9). (b) Schematic of the SiOx thin-walled structure for in situ TEM imaging. The switching region in SiOx is localized by the nanogap generated in the α-C layer and imaged by TEM. (c) and (d) Schematics of …

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Business




Published on October 4th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

The America Invents Act that overhaul United States patent law was the topic of a series of Roadshow meetings the USPTO held this fall to introduce the new law and its implementation. In case you were unable to attend, the office just released videos of the events. (The videos are wmv files.) Here is the …

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Basic science




Published on October 4th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Scintillator single crystals glowing under exposure to UV light. The compositions are (left-to-right) Lu2SiO5:Ce, Gd3(Ga,Al)5O12:Ce and Lu2SiO5:Ce,Eu (Eu is a codopant ion). The diameter is about 30 mm, and the two taller crystals are about three inches tall. The blue colored crystal (LSO:Ce) is used in Siemens’ Positron Emission Tomographs. Credit: Zhuravleva, U. Tenn., Knoxville. …

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ACerS news




Published on October 3rd, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Scientists, engineers and even business people in the field of ceramics like to describe ceramics as an “enabling” material. What we typically mean is that often ceramic materials serve as a platform for other materials or must be combined or used in some way with other materials, thereby enabling the production of an end-use product …

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ACerS news




Published on October 2nd, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Singhal. Credit: PNNL. Congratulations go out to ACerS Fellow and Battelle Fellow Emeritus Subhash C. Singhal, who has been selected to be the upcoming president of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Singhal has been a leading researcher in the field of solid oxide fuel cells. Although he retired in 2011 as engineer and director of …

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Basic science




Published on October 1st, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A dislocation in a crystal lattice, a disconnected region in its structure (represented by the array of atoms shown in blue) can separate from the rest of the lattice at a rate determined by the potential energy of the system, represented by the wavy surface. To the left, the higher potential energy (shown in red) …

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ACerS news




Published on October 1st, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The big business news this morning in the ceramics world is that 3M has made a friendly offer to buy Ceradyne Inc. with the blessing of the latter’s board of directors. 3M apparently likes what it sees in Ceradyne and is offering $35 per share for the publicly traded company, a nice premium compared to …

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