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Published on November 27th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

  They say, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” The just-published 2012-13 ceramicSOURCE buyer’s guide gives you access to more than 700 vendors worldwide that serve the ceramics industry. No matter what you need—from industrial equipment, to testing instruments, to raw materials, to consultants—the ceramicSOURCE will point you in the direction of …

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ACerS news




Published on November 27th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

They say, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” The just-published 2012-13 ceramicSOURCE buyer’s guide gives you access to more than 700 vendors worldwide that serve the ceramics industry. No matter what you need—from industrial equipment, to testing instruments, to raw materials, to consultants—the ceramicSOURCE will point you in the direction of people …

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Biomaterials




Published on November 26th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Lot’s of good stories here: India-Japan join hands to challenge China’s rare earth monopoly The Indian Prime Minister was forced to cancel his planned visit to Japan this month after the Japanese government dissolved the lower house of parliament and announced early elections. An important trade pact in respect of rare earth materials was proposed …

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Basic science




Published on November 26th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Spontaneous self-assembly of a multication nanophase in another multication matrix phase is a promising bottom-up approach to fabricate novel, nanocomposite structures for a range of applications. An ORNL team reports on experimental and theoretical studies on the self-assembly of insulating BaZrO3 nanodots within rare earth barium cuprate superconducting films. Credit: Goyal; Wiley. It is not …

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Business




Published on November 26th, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

• Allied Glass Containers plans to invest in new furnace technology (above) and install an EME batch charger. According to the company, this is the first installation in the UK of this type of batch charger and doghouse design. • Emhart Glass is to reorganize its global production and engineering capability with the aim of …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on November 25th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: Sydney Morning Herald; University of Melbourne. From Fresh Science: Melbourne University (Australia) researchers are doing rocket science with clay. They have developed a cheaper and more efficient way of making the complex, heat-resistant, ceramic parts needed to build tomorrow’s rockets and hypersonic airliners. Using clever chemistry to modify a standard method of casting ceramics …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 25th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Researchers create solar steam using nanoparticles at Rice University. Credit: Rice Univ. From Futurity.org: New technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam is so effective it even works with icy cold water. The solar steam method has an overall energy efficiency of 24 percent. Photovoltaic solar panels, by comparison, typically have …

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Business




Published on November 22nd, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here is what we are hearing: PPG fiber glass joint venture starts fourth furnace in Kunshan, China PPG Industries announced that PFG Fiber Glass (Kunshan) Co.—its joint venture in Kunshan, China, with Nan Ya Plastics Corp.—started a fourth furnace. With 38,000 metric tons of annual capacity, the additional furnace will serve the expanding Asian electronics …

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Basic science




Published on November 21st, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Gorilla Glass bend test. Credit: Corning Inc. I meant to write a post about this several weeks ago when Wired first published this (free) online story by Bryan Gardiner, but it got lost in my “to do” list. Fortunately, I have been working my way through my backlog and realized that this story is still available …

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Basic science




Published on November 20th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Schematic of the structure of a typical lanthanum aluminate-strontium titanate interface, left, and the abrupt, sharp interface obtained through an atomic layer engineering method developed at ORNL. Credit: Choi et al.; Advanced Materials. Oak Ridge National Lab researcher Ho Nyung Lee has studied complex-oxide thin films for over a decade, and during this time he particularly has …

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