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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on February 13th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: Ainissa Ramirez, Yale; YouTube. Science “popularizer” and Yale associate professor Ainissa Ramirez alerted us that she has added two new videos to her Material Marvels collection of short introductory videos to various materials topics. Her latest videos are on “Thermoelectrics” (above) and  “Nanomaterials” (below). If you are an engineer or science professional, you already …

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International




Published on February 13th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

A method for bonding silicon carbide has been developed at the University of Glasgow. This image shows a join between silicon ingots that was made in a similar way. Credit: Christian Killow; Univ. Glasgow. An online story in The Engineer last week reiterated for me the practical benefits of basic science research. Researchers at University …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on February 11th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: DOE Basic Energy Sciences. Friday afternoon, Cyrus Wadia posted a notice on the blog of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy that the DOE is planning on making available $12 million each year for funding several efforts related to the administration’s Materials Genome Initiative. Wadia points to a new “Expression of …

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Business




Published on February 11th, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

Joint venture partners Owens-Illinois Inc., Berli Jucker Public Company and Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Company have announced the opening of a glass container manufacturing plant in My Xuan A Industrial Park, Ba Ria Vung Tau province, Vietnam. A new venture has been announced between Corning and Samsung, which introduces a new glass substrate technology, called …

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Biomaterials




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

An armorlike arapaima fish scale resists being fractured by a piranha tooth that is slowly pressed into it. In fact, it is the tooth that fails. Credit: Meyers Group: Credit: UCSD Jacobs Sch. of Eng. If you ever watch cable TV’s River Monsters (and, honestly, who doesn’t!), you might be familiar with a large Amazonian …

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ACerS news




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

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/faberfinal.flv w=480 h=208 preview=force mode=1 f={image=http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/poster-image.jpg}] Katherine Faber, president of the 4th International Congress on Ceramics, on “Shaping the Future of Ceramics.” Credit: ACerS. I really enjoy going to meetings. The big, conference kind, that is — not so much the day-to-day inhouse kind! Conferences give me the chance to follow the buzz: the …

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Aeronautics & Space




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

University of Pennsylvania researchers demonstrate swarming capability with a fleet of saucer-sized flying robots. Credit: GRASP, U. Pennsylvania; You Tube. Two stories about flight flitted across my field of view this week. One makes a lot of sense to me; the other does not. But, don’t let me influence you. First up. The University of …

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Business




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

Mitsubishi i-MIEV battery electric vehicle was rated highest in latest environmental rankings provided by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. See story below. Credit: Mitsubishi. Here is what we are hearing: DOE to launch new Energy Innovation Hub focused on advanced batteries and energy storage Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced plans to launch a new …

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Business




Published on February 8th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

  Conversion efficiencies of the best research solar cells worldwide from 1976 through 2011 for various photovoltaic technologies; efficiencies determined by certified agencies/laboratories. Credit: NREL. The steady march to grid parity for solar energy devices continues: A Santa Clara, Calif., maker of gallium arsenide photovoltaic panels, Alta Devices, announced Tuesday that the NREL verified that …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on February 7th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Graphene nanoribbon band structures for arm-chair type. Tightbinding calculations show that armchair type can be semiconducting or metallic depending on width (chirality). Credit: SR Mehrotra and G Klimeck; Wikipedia. The Office of Naval Research has announced that it is interested in encouraging “research and innovation in bottom-up chemical synthesis and assembly of carbon, particularly graphene, …

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