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Published on October 4th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Ipsen Ceramics is totally focused on customer service Over 50 years has made Ipsen Ceramics an expert in the field of high temperature refractories and production of kiln furniture. Ipsen Ceramics has become a leader in the toll firing business where we process a wide variety of materials. Ipsen Ceramics gives you the flexibility to …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on October 4th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Whoa, not sure whether this is because of new reporting expectations, because of the revamp of the recovery.com website, or just an huge leap in available funding at the DOE, but now the agency seems to have dropped another $4 billion into the pot compared to about at week ago. And, it looks like a …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 30th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A Phoenix company said it has created a hybrid solar cell that pairs a gallium-nitride thin film with typical silicon-based PV technology to produce a single unit it claims can achieve an efficiency of 25 percent to 30 percent. RoseStreet Labs Energy announced the prototype cell Monday, and it expects to start commercial production late …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 30th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

We first wrote about the aerogel work of David Schiraldi’s group at CWRU back in June. Now the school and university have produced a great little video about basic steps of processing the materials and some of the applications that have been developed. The possibilities include lightweight kitty litter, green insulation and much more

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 29th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

I don’t know much about this other than what was posted at PNNL’s website last week, but I hope to see something published on this soon: Researchers would like to develop lithium-ion batteries using titanium dioxide, an inexpensive material. But titanium dioxide on its own doesn’t perform well enough to replace the expensive, rare-earth metals …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 29th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Volvo Cars is currently evaluating the viability of a fully battery-electric vehicle. This year, Volvo has built and is internally testing a small number of prototype versions of a BEV version of its C30. In addition to focusing on performance and safety, much of the focus is on integration of the electric propulsion system with …

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Biomaterials




Published on September 28th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

What may be a new and effective alternative to insulin injections is being reported in a paper (subscription required) to published in an online edition of ACerS’ International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology. Researchers Willi Paul and Chandra Sharma, working in India, report favorable in vitro results from tests in which insulin was bound to …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on September 28th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A new video from composer John Boswell: “A musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn – Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Stephen Hawking’s Universe series” Hey, this ain’t Friday–now that the music’s over, don’t …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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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