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Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The gamblers were running amok today. Reuters: Shares of A123 Systems, a maker of lithium-ion car batteries, had the second-best debut of any 2009 U.S. initial public offering, rising 50.3 percent in their first trading session, far outpacing the four other stocks that came to market on a particularly busy day for IPOs. [. . …

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Career




Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The National Academies have just announced that they are soliciting applications for the next two sessions of their Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship Program. One is a Winter-Spring session (Feb. 3 – April 28, 2010) and the other is a Summer session (Aug. 30 – Nov. 19, 2010). Both take place in Washington, …

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Business




Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Yesterday we posted a Technology Review video interview with Emanuel Sachs (1366 Technologies’ chief technology officer and professor of mechanical engineering at MIT) in which he and Craig Lund (1366′s director of business development) discuss some of the new technologies the company is incorporating into PV panels. Sachs did what I think is a very …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

A study released last Friday indicates that, despite popular perception, fossil fuels get the lion’s share of U.S. energy subsidies, and that much of those subsidies are going to aid non-U.S. oil production. The Environmental Law Institute, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, reviewed fossil fuel and energy subsidies for Fiscal …

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Business




Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

That’s what supposed to occur for the nanophospate lithium-ion battery maker, although the exact dates for IPOs are often a little soft. Right now it looks like 9/23/ or 9/24. A123 first announced its intentions to go public last August. A123 Systems was one of the four battery making groups who each received a quarter-billion …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on September 23rd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Researchers at NIST have produced a new reference material for beryllium. The rare-earth metal used as a hardener in high-performance alloys and ceramics can cause berylliosis — a chronic, incurable and sometimes fatal illness. The new reference material is expected to dramatically improve methods used to monitor workers’ exposure and aid in contamination control as …

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Biomaterials




Published on September 22nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Good news came yesterday to the Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania when it learned it won an $11.5 million grant from the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers of the National Science Foundation. According to a Penn release, “the grant will support multidisciplinary research at Penn designed to explore and control the function …

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Business




Published on September 22nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The names of the 2009 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows (the “genius” awards) were announced today, and I want to draw attention to two of the people on the list who are deep in new materials, John Rogers and Ted Zoli. Rogers, whom I first wrote about last October, is a professor …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 22nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

I just learned that Jose Zayas, manager of the wind energy technology program at Sandia National Laboratories, will be leading a tutorial session on materials and wind energy applications at next year’s Materials Challenges in Alternative Energy 2010, aka Energy2010, slated for Feb. 21-25, 2010 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Zayas has been involved with a …

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