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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 30th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Last month, the National Renewable Energy Lab released their State of the State report – a 231 page document (PDF) that tracks the progress of renewable energy development, as well as the policies and support mechanisms being implemented to encourage this development. The exhaustive report provides a detailed picture of the status of renewable energy …

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Biomaterials




Published on November 27th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jack_mecholsky.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jack_mecholsky.jpg}] John (Jack) Mecholsky is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida. Mecholsky is also past member of the ACerS Board of Directors. Mecholsky is associated with the Dental Biomaterials Program, Biomedical Engineering, and the Veterinary College. His research focuses on biomaterials, fractal …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 25th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Porsche announced in a press release that they are offering a lithium-ion replacement starter (main) battery that weighs in at just 13 pounds vs. 35 pounds for the traditional lead acid battery. “Less weight naturally means greater agility and driving dynamics,” Porsche notes. This four-cell battery runs 1,904 euros which, Porschephiles will be quick to …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 25th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

I’ve posted before about Victor Li’s work at the University of Michigan using engineered cementitious composites. A new paper by Li recently became available regarding a demonstration project in which ECC is being tested on a bridge deck within Michigan to replace a conventional joint within the deck. ECC is in the family of materials …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 23rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Back in June we reported on a futuristic design of wind power generators: vertical axis turbines. Now researchers at the University of Virgina are developing a smaller, more efficient wind turbine uniquely designed to generate power in low-wind-speed areas. And they are building these turbines with a vertical axis, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The group …

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Career




Published on November 19th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/vest_rustumroy09.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/vest_rustumroy09.jpg}] Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of MIT, was the 2009 Frontiers of Science & Technology–Rustum Roy Lecturer at the recent ACerS Annual Meeting and MS&T’09 conference. “This is the most exciting time for engineering and science in human history. A new generation of engineers …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 19th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Technology Review reported that solar cells made from nanocrystal-based inks have the potential to be as efficient as the conventional inorganic cells currently used in solar panels, but can be printed less expensively. Solexant, a company in San Jose currently, is hoping that simpler, cheaper printing processes and materials, as well as lower initial capital …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 18th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Back in September, Ann reported on Ceramatec’s efforts to develop a low-cost home battery/power storage system. Ceramatec said back then that it had developed a new battery that can be scaled up to store 20 kilowatt-hours — enough to power an average home for most of a day. I missed it at the time, but …

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International




Published on November 18th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The online version of ACerS’ International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology has a new story that reveals many of the problems scientists and engineers face when designing the tips of missiles – called domes – used by primarily by the military, and the results of some interesting research on a new dome material. The gist …

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Business




Published on November 17th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to a press release, MemPro was recently awarded another Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Science Foundation for $147,000 — bringing the total the company has received from NSF to $847,000. Typical catalytic converters rely on expensive metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium, so industry has long looked for a way …

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