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

UPDATE: Okay, the problem was that the Obama administration was installing a new version of its main Recovery website. The new site does look better and those who have poked around it more than I have say it offers more transparency. The DOE made announcements this week about several new grants and loans. These include …

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Business




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

Arun Majumdar, who currently heads a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab project that aims to help India reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, has been nominated by President Obama to head the newly-created Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy at the DOE. The White House announced Majumdar’s nomination — which requires Senate confirmation — on Sept. 18. The IIT-Bombay …

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Business




Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The gamblers were running amok today. Reuters: Shares of A123 Systems, a maker of lithium-ion car batteries, had the second-best debut of any 2009 U.S. initial public offering, rising 50.3 percent in their first trading session, far outpacing the four other stocks that came to market on a particularly busy day for IPOs. [. . …

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Career




Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The National Academies have just announced that they are soliciting applications for the next two sessions of their Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship Program. One is a Winter-Spring session (Feb. 3 – April 28, 2010) and the other is a Summer session (Aug. 30 – Nov. 19, 2010). Both take place in Washington, …

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Business




Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Yesterday we posted a Technology Review video interview with Emanuel Sachs (1366 Technologies’ chief technology officer and professor of mechanical engineering at MIT) in which he and Craig Lund (1366’s director of business development) discuss some of the new technologies the company is incorporating into PV panels. Sachs did what I think is a very …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A study released last Friday indicates that, despite popular perception, fossil fuels get the lion’s share of U.S. energy subsidies, and that much of those subsidies are going to aid non-U.S. oil production. The Environmental Law Institute, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, reviewed fossil fuel and energy subsidies for Fiscal …

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Business




Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

That’s what supposed to occur for the nanophospate lithium-ion battery maker, although the exact dates for IPOs are often a little soft. Right now it looks like 9/23/ or 9/24. A123 first announced its intentions to go public last August. A123 Systems was one of the four battery making groups who each received a quarter-billion …

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Materials & Innovations




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

Researchers at NIST have produced a new reference material for beryllium. The rare-earth metal used as a hardener in high-performance alloys and ceramics can cause berylliosis — a chronic, incurable and sometimes fatal illness. The new reference material is expected to dramatically improve methods used to monitor workers’ exposure and aid in contamination control as …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

Technology Review has a video (24 min.) of a recent interview with Emanuel Sachs, 1366 Technologies’ chief technology officer and professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. He explains the physics of solar cells and how 1366 is using the techniques described below to try to make them more efficient. (Note, there is a brief sponsor …

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Biomaterials




Published on September 22nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Good news came yesterday to the Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania when it learned it won an $11.5 million grant from the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers of the National Science Foundation. According to a Penn release, “the grant will support multidisciplinary research at Penn designed to explore and control the function …

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