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Characterization




Published on March 30th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Experimental setup shows an IR free-electron laser light source and perovskite superlens consisting of BiFeO3 and strontium titanate SrTiO3 layers. Imaged objects are strontium ruthenate patterns (orange) on a SrTiO3 substrate. The near-field probe is shown in blue and the evanescent waves in red. Credit: Kehr, et. al. The DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Ramamoorthy Ramesh …

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Biomaterials




Published on March 29th, 2011 | By: Martin Grolms

Electron micrographs of the cross-section of magnesium phosphate cement-cylinders. (a) MPC-cylinder without bacteria. (b) Macroporous structure within the inner section of freshly prepared MPC with embedded R. ruber bacteria. (c) Macroporous structure within the inner section of MPC with embedded R. ruber after 19 batch cycles. The arrows mark assemblies of R. ruber bacteria. Credit: …

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Business




Published on March 29th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Last week I posted about a utility-scale concentrating photovoltaic being built in the San Diego–Imperial Valley area using CPV units built by Concentrix, a division of Soitec. Soitec, based in France, is planning on building a manufacturing facility in the region to supply units for the San Diego project, plus for sales to other utility-oriented …

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Biomaterials




Published on March 29th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Check them out: Role of parallel reformable bonds in the self-healing of cross-linked nanogel particles (also, Nanomaterials with give survive) Polyelectrolyte functionalized carbon nanotubes as efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction (also, Cheap fuel cell catalyst made easy: CWRU researchers aim to cut cost of alternative energy) Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher hunts for green catalysts …

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Business




Published on March 29th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Cabot’s Enova 3110 aerogel particles. Credit: Cabot. In my mind, the holy grail for thermal insulation is a practical (i.e, inexpensive and easy to use) product that incorporates silica-based aerogel, and, at first glance, Cabot’s new Enova line of aerogel particles appears to be a step in the right direction. Bulk silica aerogel is a …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on March 29th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Tried to post this yesterday but got distracted myself. Actually, the student and young professional mixers at materials meetings seem to go pretty well, however it should be noted that I attend to take photographs, not mix (plus married and wizened, also too). And, I still remember feeling very uncomfortable when I overheard one smitten …

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Business




Published on March 25th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The San Diego area has been building out a special electrical transmission line, called the Sunrise Powerlink, which is opening up possibilities of creating utility-scale renewable energy options in nearby but less-populated areas. For example, San Diego Gas & Electric, recently signed a deal with energy developer Tenaska Solar Ventures to build a 150-megawatt solar …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 25th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

AFM image of a mixed-phase bismuth ferrite sample. The red and green areas indicate phase regions oriented at 90° to each other. Credit: Ramesh Group; Berkeley Lab. Following on the heels of our earlier story about multiferroic superconductor work at Berkeley Lab, we also received word about work there regarding spontaneous magnetization in bismuth ferrite (BFO), …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 25th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

New evidence from studies of Bi2201 (crystal structure inset) along the temperature range shown in green strongly supports the idea that the pseudogap is in fact a distinct phase of matter that persists into the superconducting phase. If so, the T* phase transition must terminate in a quantum critical point (Xc) at zero temperature. Credit: …

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Business




Published on March 24th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

I recently received word that CM Furnaces in Bloomfield, N.J., is celebrating its 65th birthday this year. Although the company started out shortly after World War II as an enterprise by Seth Combs and James Murphy (supplying the “C and the “M” in the company name, respectively) to produce molybdenum and tungsten coils, they learned …

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