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Published on February 9th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/kriven_geopolymer_icacc10.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/kriven_geopolymer_icacc10.jpg}] In the revolutionary way that aerogel is starting to redefine insulation, geopolymer may be poised to redefine cement, concrete and a lot of other advanced composite materials. And, like aerogel, geopolymer hasn’t received the public attention it should. In this video,  geopolymer expert Trudy Kriven, a professor of material science at …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on February 9th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jay_singh_icacc10.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jay_singh_icacc10.jpg}] Jay Singh, trustee of ACerS Engineering Ceramics Division and chief scientist at the Ohio Aerospace Institute, was interviewed at the 34th Int’l Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites that took place in Daytona Beach, Fla. from January 24-29, 2010. In this discussion, Singh shares highlights from the conference, and …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on February 6th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers of Spain (ASCER) says it is working with the Harvard Graduate School of Design on a one-year research effort to explore the best ways to meet the increasing challenges of product customization, adjustment to buyers’ preferences, and sustainability in production. The Ceramic Futures project will be led by Martin …

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Biomaterials




Published on February 5th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Researchers at Princeton University have demonstrated that high performance piezoelectric ceramics can be transferred onto rubber or plastic, rendering them flexible without sacrificing energy efficiency. “The human body is a ideal source of power if we can harness our body motion such as walking, finger typing or breathing. This would be especially convenient for implantable …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on February 3rd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

I received some additional information about Carlo Pantano’s presentation on “The Art of Science of Glass” that will be held at 12 noon, March 26, 2010 at Penn State University. Don’t expect a formal and technical lecture. Instead, Pantano’s presentation/conversation is part of Penn State’s ongoing “Unplugged” luncheon series that is modeled on the Café …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on February 2nd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/aspen_aerogel_demo.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/aspen_aerogel_demo.jpg}] GreenTech reported that some aerogel companies are offering thin blankets that serve as replacements for traditional fiberglass, foam or cellulose insulation. It’s still more expensive upfront but the costs have fallen to the point that it can make sense in certain cases, particularly masonry or curved walls. The video posted above …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on February 1st, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The DOE announced that 24 million hours of supercomputing time out of a total of 1.6 billion available at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Labs have been awarded to investigate materials for developing lithium-air batteries that would be capable of powering a car for 500 miles on a single charge. Through the Innovative and Novel …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on February 1st, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Hey NASA! I, too, will fill out a questionnaire about your new fancy-dancy Stardust-NExT site if you send me a little chunk of aerogel to play with

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Materials & Innovations




Published on January 31st, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

If you liked the post below, I urge you to check out the KINETICA 2009 video. It’s full of demonstrations of kinetic art that depend on electronics, sensors, glass, steel and a variety of technical materials. (Sorry, but there is no direct link to the video: after clicking on the opening graphic, look for “Videos” …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on January 31st, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Ocean of Light from squidsoup on Vimeo. Squidsoup is back! Titled “Oceans of Light,” this time, the groups latest artwork is made by using reconfigured video-wall technology to create a walk-through 3D grid of LEDs. The idea is to create an immersed experience of light-based visualizations in three physical dimensions. They have designed to piece …

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