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Published on May 7th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

This just in: At a White House Energy Innovation meeting today, Under Secretary of Energy Kristina Johnson announced that $60 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is available to continue supporting innovative small business research and development leading to deployment of clean energy technologies. This is a Phase II funding opportunity …

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Published on May 7th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A new nanotechnology center with roots that extend to Alfred University and Corning Inc, has just opened in Alfred, N.Y. The NanoMaterials Innovation Center, a subsidiary of Alfred Technology Resources Inc., is a technology business incubator that will be focusing on nanoscale advanced materials and processing capabilities. An ATRI news release says the NMIC will …

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Published on May 7th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The DOE is giving a total of $13 million to 48 industrial energy-efficiency R&D projects, many of which will have either a direct bearing on ceramic and cementitious materials development and manufacturing including several new opportunities for high-temperature materials applications. An additional $5 million in matching grants is being ponied up by the private sector. …

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Structured Materials Industries Inc. is getting $315,000 low cost production of InGaN for next-generation photovoltaic devices and LEDs.

UES Inc. is getting $300,000 to develop and commercialize next-generation super-hard, nano-crystalline and multilayered multifunctional coatings, with at least double service life. The coating materials include nitrides and borides and the processes include magnetron sputtering ion plating and large area filtered arc deposition.

Univ. of California, Santa Cruz is getting $348,000 to develop a transformational print-based manufacturing process for fabricating photovoltaics and solid state lighting on thin plastic substrates.

Univ. of the Pacific is getting $367,000 to research and develop a new silica-alumina based cementitious material (i.e., non-limestone) largely using coal refuse as a constituent that will be ideal for mine backfill, mine sealing and waste disposal stabilization.

 

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 5th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cwruaerogel_oil_absorber.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cwruaerogel_oil_absorber.jpg}] I’ve written before about the work of David Schiraldi’s aerogel research group at Case Western Reserve University. With much of North and Central America focused on the BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s worth noting that Schiraldi and his team have had success in developing prototypes of special …

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Published on May 5th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/danielson_arpae.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/danielson_arpae.jpg}] Earlier this year, as part of ACerS’s Electronic Materials and Applications conference, Dave Danielson, from ARPA-E, made a valuable keynote presentation about ARPA-E funding interests and how ceramists and other materials scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs can best match up their interests with those of the agency. Danielson has a good reputation …

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ACerS news




Published on May 5th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

ACerS’ Ceramic Leadership Summit is fast approaching. Unlike purely technical meetings, the Ceramic Summit fosters a participative environments that delivers the opportunity to discuss, listen and learn with some of the most influential people in the field of ceramics and glass. The Summit will host four general sessions: Emerging Business and Technology Opportunities and Challenges …

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Business




Published on May 4th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Offshore Technology Conference is occurring this week and I expect it isn’t exactly the best of times. I don’t mean this post as an effort to pile on BP. But, hopefully there is a lesson here for all of us in high-risk, high-reward technology pursuits that we need to be constantly asking ourselves whether …

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Biomaterials




Published on May 4th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Energy-related materials R&D is going to be getting a nice boost in the near future according to ARPA-E’s latest announcement of funding projects. Thirty-seven projects in the areas of electrofuels (electric production of biofuels), innovative battery designs and zero-emission coal have been blessed to the tune of $106 million. ARPA-E invests in high-risk, high-reward technologies …

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Biomaterials




Published on May 3rd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Scientists at the Paul Pascal Research Center in France have developed an industrial-scale method for low cost manufacturing of carbon aerogels from agglomerated carbon nanotubes. According to the patent application (PDF), fabrication includes the following steps: (1) preparing an aqueous dispersion of carbon nanotubes in water in the presence of a dispersing agent; (2) forming …

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