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Published on April 12th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Conventional thermal decomposition of calcium carbonate for cement-making generates almost as much CO2 as lime. Solar-driven electrolysis of calcium carbonate yields calcium oxide and carbon (or carbon monoxide) and oxygen. Credit: Licht; George Washington University. Energy gurus often talk about reducing CO2 emissions. Why not be more aggressive and talk about eliminating CO2 emissions? And, …

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Business




Published on April 11th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

A large, new deposit of neodymium has been discovered in the Brazilian state, Bahia (shown red). Credit: Wikipedia. A story on Mining.com reports that the Brazilian mining company, World Mineral Resources, has discovered a large reserve of neodymium in the western state of Bahia, Brazil. According to the story, the deposit will yield about 28 …

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Characterization




Published on April 10th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

An ultrasonic phased array setup. Credit: Techno Inc. A hat tip to Quality Magazine on this. As part of their PhD thesis work, Steve Bottiglieri and Andrew Portune, graduate students at Rutgers, worked with equipment suppliers to develop a novel and relatively quick non-destructive testing approach that seems to be well suited for inspecting certain high-performance ceramic products that …

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Basic science




Published on April 10th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

New papers that have been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society are posted to “Early View” on the Wiley website and can be read even before the issue is printed. Below are summaries of selected papers currently available via Early View. All members of The American Ceramic Society receive free …

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Business




Published on April 9th, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

• According to reports, Kapiri Glass Manufacturing Ltd., based in Zambia, has announced that it will soon start the procurement process for equipment and machinery to revive the defunct plant in Central Province. • Gerresheimer AG has announced the acquisition of a majority shareholding in the Indian company Neutral Glass and Allied Industries. Gerresheimer already …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on April 9th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Something should be of interest here: Quantum computer built inside a diamond (USC News) Diamonds are forever – or, at least, the effects of this diamond on quantum computing may be. A team that includes scientists from USC has built a quantum computer in a diamond, the first of its kind to include protection against “decoherence” …

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Biomaterials




Published on April 8th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

A BBC video imagines a Masters golf tournament with putt-putt hazards. Credit: BBC; You Tube. What I know about golf would not fit inside the head of a putter. In fact, the only club I can name is the putter because it’s also used to play miniature golf, a game that I enjoy but excel …

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Basic science




Published on April 6th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Rolith’s rolling lithographic exposure technology. Credit: Rolith; AGC. A wholly owned Georgia-based subsidiary, of glassmaker AGC — AGC America — a few days ago announced that it had purchased a $2 million stake in Rolith Inc., clearly aimed at developing new glass products with specialized nano coatings. Rolith, based in Pleasanton, Calif., specializes in advanced, large-scale nano …

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Nanomaterials




Published on April 6th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

A schematic model of Pd catalysts on alumina supports with and without ALD alumina overcoat during the reaction at 675°C to convert ethane to ethylene. (A) The uncoated Pd/Al2O3 catalyst. (B) During reaction using uncoated catalysts, carbon filaments (thick black lines) plug the reactor, causing substantial sintering and leaching of Pd nanoparticles from the support (barred …

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Business




Published on April 6th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Here’s what we are hearing: An aluminum oxynitride window hermetically bonded to a metallic fixture. Credit: Surmet. Successful demo of bonding of metal to ALON optical ceramic for applications including oil and gas drilling Conventional metalizing and brazing techniques used for Alumina and sapphire are not directly applicable to ALON. However, Surmet has now successfully …

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