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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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Manufacturing




Published on November 22nd, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

This video shows the 3D printing process used to fabricate ceramic espresso coffee cups designed by Bernat Cuní. Credit: Shapeways; YouTube. Additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping technologies are gaining ground as advanced manufacturing methods. Just last week we reported on solid freeform fabrication of one-piece fused silica molds for investment casting. Artistic minds have also …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 22nd, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

  Thin film solar panels produced by General Electric’s PrimeStar in Arvada, Colo. Credit: Edelman; NREL. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, was in Colorado last week, and after months of reeling from the Solyndra debacle, was able to bask in the glow of successful DOE investments. Chu also used the trip to hammer home his …

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International




Published on November 21st, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

The fluid dynamics of wine swirling—orbital shaking—could extend to mixing and oxygenation in bioreactors for biopharmaceuticals manufacture. Credit: Farhat, et al.; YouTube. Even those of us who are not oenophiles—wine aficionados—know that the essential first step to a proper tasting is to swirl the glass to aerate the wine and release its bouquet. This video …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 18th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Low-temperature SOFCs: (A) Functionally graded bismuth oxide (Electrolyte 1) / ceria (Electrolyte 2) can allow use of hydrocarbon fuels at the anode at reduced temperatures. (B) Estimation of power output with LT-SOFCs from a single cell to a module (upper) and schematic diagram of power requirements according to various applications (lower). Credit: E.D. Wachsman, K.T. …

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Business




Published on November 18th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Here’s what we are hearing (some information from news releases): Superior safety for next gen high-temperature reactor: China receives first glass-to-metal sealed hermetic penetration assembly from Schott for testing China’s first commercial high-emperature reactor in the province of Shandong will be one of the most modern nuclear power plants in the world. Employing only the …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on November 17th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Rodin’s bronze and marble sculpture, The Thinker. How does he do it? Credit: Wikipedia. Most of us think for a living. Our outputs—experiments, talks, papers, etc.—are evidence of our having thought productively. Do you ever wonder how thinking works? If you are curious, you might want to schedule a trip to the Simons Center for …

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