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Published on September 4th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The DOE hasn’t update their funding reports for several days, but, the big news is that compared to last week, the amount of funding available has surpassed $10 billion, growing by roughly $340 million. The combined DOE and NSF payouts have also crossed something of a threshold: Finally, more than $.5 billion in has been …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on September 3rd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

A team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University reports that it has designed a new graphite-based, magnetic nanomaterial that acts as a semiconductor and could help material scientists create the next generation of electronic devices and microchips. The researchers used theoretical computer modeling to design the new material they called graphone, derived from graphene. (Check …

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Business




Published on September 3rd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Cleveland Vibrator introduces 3D motion sifter for difficult-to-screen materials The company has expanded its comprehensive line of coarse and fine material vibratory screeners with the Twin Motor Sifter. Engineered with three control variables – vibrator force, frequency and drive angle – the Twin Motor Sifter boasts a three-dimensional motion that ultimately results in greater throughput …

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Business




Published on September 3rd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

According to market researcher Syed Rashid Ali, the domestic and export demand for ceramic tableware in Bangladesh is rising rapidly, resulting in a widening the gap between its demand and supply. He cites a Prime Bank Ltd. study showing the that the demand-supply gap of 21,257 metric tons in fiscal 2007-08 will rise to 22,544 …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 3rd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

In a remarkable 30-day proposal-to-award cycle, the DOE announced on Tuesday the recipients of over $500 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards for large wind and solar projects located in eight states. The funding is expected to generate 2,000 new jobs. This is the first round of awards. The Obama administration and the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 2nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Finding a way to safely transport hydrogen is an important concern for researchers and engineers investigating ways to introduce fuel cell-powered vehicles. In June 2008, the ACerS Bulletin published an article on Savannah River National Lab and Toyota research on some prototype systems based an a system of chemical absorbents contained within porous-walled glass microspheres. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 2nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Karthik Ramani, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, poses the question that may intrigue anyone trying to work out a new idea: “Say I’m a design engineer working for an automotive company and I want to find out how much stress my conceptual part can withstand. I want to know where to drill …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on September 2nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

A team of Northwestern University researchers has figured out a way to use nanodiamonds to deliver DNA for gene-therapy application. By modifying the surface of nanodiamond particles with a special polymer, a group led by Dean Ho found they could reach a delivery efficiency that is 70 times greater than that of a conventional standard …

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Business




Published on September 2nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cal_stevenson.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cal_stevenson.jpg}] Stevenson is the founder and CEO of Deltech Furnaces Inc., a maker of specialty furnaces that have been used for everything from analyzing moon rocks to manufacturing advanced materials for fuel cells. Deltech’s furnaces are in use around the world in government labs, corporate R&D labs, manufacturing plants and universities. Stevenson …

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