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Biomaterials




Published on August 19th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/delbert_day.flv mode=1 f={image=http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/delbert_day.jpg}] Del Day, the Curators’ Professor Emeritus of Missouri University of Science and Technology, discusses his work in the field of bioglass. Day, a former president of ACerS, has spent several decades researching bioceramic and bioglass materials, and developing applications for those materials. He is best known for his work in creating …

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Business




Published on August 18th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

APCI announces US-based electroceramic powder production operation The firm announces the start-up of a U.S.-based ceramic powder manufacturing facility for the production of piezoelectric powders. Hammond Lead Products, a US-based chemical producer centered in Indiana, is working with APCI to match its lead-related materials science technologies with APCI’s array of established high performance lead-zirconate-titanate powders. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 18th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Via the Nanowerk website, we get a story about efforts by the Institute of Energy Research at the German Research Center Jülich (FZJ) to deal with some of the practical problems in developing solid oxide fuel cells for application in advanced power stations. As with many other groups working on SOFCs, FZJ’s recent focus has …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 17th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Desert Star Systems is developing a special self-powered “archival tag” – the SeaTag-GEO – to track fish under a NOAA funded project. The idea behind these tags is that researchers would tag a fish and release it. Later, hopefully, someone catches the fish, sees the tag and returns it to the researchers (there is a …

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Biomaterials




Published on August 17th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Engineers are getting craftier and craftier about making one material that is capable of more than one function, especially in the realm of nanomaterials. It can be a little difficult to exactly understand what this is all about, but the basic idea is that if you are going to all the trouble to try to …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 15th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Ohio, in general, is developing a reputation for having a fuel cell business corridor, and the Columbus-area NexTech Materials is one example. The company recently demonstrated what it claims to be a record-breaking solid oxide fuel cell. NexTech’s FlexCell, a 1200 cm2 400 watts-per-cell unit is said to be the largest production planar fuel cell. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 14th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

A slight uptick in the number of DOE checks going out last week. NSF’s cash going out even slower. Regardless, it’s still like a trickle. . . Department of Energy (4.3% paid out): National Science Foundation (1.4% paid out): Source: Recovery.gov

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 14th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Lumenhaus is Virginia Tech’s zero-energy home that can be completely powered by the sun and geothermal energy. Other sustainable features include the use of passive energy systems, radiant heating and building materials made from renewable and/or recyclable sources. The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is entering the house in the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 14th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Two recent stories illustrate how having a visual understanding of systems and processes can help researchers to explain and clarify the underlying science. The first story comes from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where researchers are using advanced microscopy techniques to observe real-time growth of single nanocrystals. Led by Interim Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and …

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