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Nuclear




Published on October 26th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to The Idaho Statesman, Nuclear experts like the Idaho National Laboratory’s Dave Hill are confident as many as 10 reactors will be built in the next two decades. “I think it’s pretty clear there will be a nuclear renaissance,” said Hill, the deputy INL director. Right now it looks like none of the new …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

Via press release from University of Wisconsin, we learn that a team of researchers has developed a piezoelectric nanogenerator and experimented with a variety of materials to power it. The team found that zinc oxide nanowires, which have six-sided, column-like crystals, could produce 10 nanowatts per square centimeter by converting mechanical energy into electricity. The …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

A team of engineers at North Carolina State University has created a small chip that can hold 1TB of data. That’s over 50 times the capacity of today’s silicon-based chip. Led by Jagdish “Jay” Narayan, director of the National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures at NCSU, the team said that their …

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Materials & Innovations




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

MS&T’09 is 95 percent pure science. The other 5 percent is designed to be on the lighter side. For example, the student mug drop and putting contest are always big draws on the expo floor. Rustum Roy, too, has promised to bring “The ExperiMentalist” to the ACerS Annual Banquet. And, this year there is some …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

ACerS member Jeffrey Wadsworth has just been named the winner of the National Materials Achievement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies (of which, ACerS is a member). Wadsworth, president and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute, will receive the award in formal ceremonies at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Dec. 9, 2009. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on October 21st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Team Germany! Team Germany won first place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon by applying photovoltaics to every available surface. I had been rooting for Virginia Tech for their use of aerogel as insulation that allowed natural light to shine through, but it only ranked 13 out of 20 competitors. Team Germany’s Cube House was considered …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on October 21st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Following up on yesterday’s post about a demonstration of a small version of these buses that going on today in Washington, DC, here is a video that explains some of the general concepts and benefits. The video also shows some of them in service in Shanghai. Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide much information about the actual …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on October 20th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Automotive News reported (registration required) that while Nissan has in hand a laminated lithium ion battery (based on a manganese spinel cathode material) for use in its plug-in hybrid electric Leaf model, the automaker is already working on its next-generation battery design – and it may be sold to other automakers. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on October 20th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Sinautec Automobile Technologies says tomorrow it will showcase on American University’s campus in Washington, DC., a small bus that the company claims is “America’s first ultracapacitor electric vehicle.” The eleven-seat minibus, powered only by ultracapacitors, can be recharged by a mobile recharging unit that combines large photovoltaic array and a vertical wind turbine. Sinatec says …

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