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Published on December 8th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Check ’em out: Microscopic, star-shaped flakes of functionalized graphene oxide plug holes in pores in a test of the material’s ability to serve as a filter cake in fluids used to drill oil wells. The single-atom-thick flakes of treated carbon are pliable but among the strongest materials known. Credit: Tour Group/Rice University. Functionalized graphene oxide …

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ACerS news




Published on December 8th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

The Interactive Technology Forum gives researchers creative ways to present their work. Want your research to be highly visible and remembered long after the conference ends? Then, think about presenting your research and technology in a new and innovative approach to poster sessions—the Interactive Technology Forum—at ICC4. “The ICC Interactive Technology Forum will be much …

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ACerS news




Published on December 8th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

  Scanning electron microscope image of a bioactive glass scaffold seeded with human osteoblasts (MG-63). The seeded cells are distributed over the whole scaffold area and well adhered on the surface. This image shows that bone cells can grow on and through this bioactive glass construct. Credit: Boccaccini; Uni-Erlangen. Following last year’s successful Pacific Rim …

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ACerS news




Published on December 6th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

If you have an advanced degree in materials science, are passionate about engineered ceramics, have an entrepreneurial spirit with a talent for building business relationships, and like being at the intersection of industry, government, academia and a professional society, ACerS would like to talk to you! Job DescriptionWe are seeking a Corporate Program Development Manager …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 5th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

—— The campus of the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, where a week-long school for MSE graduate students will be held in March 2012. Credit: UFSCar. The Graduate Program on Materials Science & Engineering of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) in Brazil is organizing an exciting opportunity for graduate students working toward …

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Biomaterials




Published on December 2nd, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Zinc oxide nanoparticle distribution in excised human skin. The black line represents the surface of the skin (top), blue represents ZnO nanoparticle distribution in the skin (stratum corneum), and pink represents skin. Credit: Timothy Kelf, Macquarie University. In June 1997, Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich decided to write a high school commencement speech. Lacking an …

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Basic science




Published on December 1st, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Here’s what we’re hearing: SGS ClimaCoat : The innovative windshield combining comfort and respect for the environment (pdf) Saint-Gobain Sekurit has developed sgs ClimaCoat, an all-weather windshield. In winter, at the push of a button, this latest-generation glazing deices and demists the windshield in less than two minutes, even when outside temperatures fall as low …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 29th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Ragone plots are useful for comparing electrochemical energy storage devices. The energy and power densities in this plot are weight-based. However, converting to a volume-based plot reveals the difficulties in scaling carbon thin film or low density electrodes for medium or large devices. Credit: Gogotsi; Drexel. Electrochemical capacitors—also called supercapacitors or ultracapacitors—have received a lot …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 29th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Steve Bossart of DOE’s NETL describes the characteristic features and advantages of a smart grid infrastructure in this interview. Click on the image to link to the video. Credit: DOE NETL. So much materials science research and news revolves around energy and its generation, storage and efficient use. It’s easy to overlook materials issues relating …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 23rd, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Check ’em out: Ultralight metallic microlattices A team of researchers from UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology have developed the world’s lightest material—with a density of 0.9 mg/cc—about 100 times lighter than Styrofoam. Their findings appear in the Nov. 18 issue of Science. The new material redefines the limits of lightweight …

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