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

I Steel rebar embedded in concrete (left) and “nanorebar” made of carbon nanofibers. Credit: F. Sanchez, Vanderbilt University; ACerS Bulletin. President Obama announced the launch of a Materials Genome Initiative during his speech at Carnegie Mellon University last week when he also announced the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. (Read our report on the …

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ACerS news




Published on June 29th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Participants from the 2010 Ceramic Leadership Summit. Credit: ACerS The Ceramic Leadership Summit is about business – and the unique aspects of doing business in the ceramics industry. ACerS president, Marina Pascucci says, “It’s not a conference of technical papers. Instead, every speaker is presenting information that can change the way you and I do …

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Business




Published on June 29th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

President Barack Obama announces Advanced Manufacturing Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University. Credit: Pete Souza; Official White House Photo. Last week President Obama unveiled a new initiative to invest in emerging technologies and create new manufacturing jobs and increase the nation’s global competitiveness. During a visit to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., Obama introduced the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 29th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Received from the DOE: ARPA-E Director Arun Majumdar to Host Live Chat on Innovation and Clean Energy On Wednesday, June 29, ARPA-E Director Arun Majumdar will host the Department of Energy’s second “Energy Matters” live chat. Majumdar will discuss the investments being made in innovative research and technology today that will move us off of …

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Basic science




Published on June 28th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here is what we are hearing: Rubicon Technology Malaysian polishing facility earns key endorsements, begins volume production of large-diameter sapphire wafers The company’s new Malaysia facility recently completed qualification of its six-inch wafers by a key customer, and also successfully completed an ISO certification audit. Both of these milestones enable the Malaysia facility to move …

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International




Published on June 28th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

  Hywel Jones with plate made of lightweight ceramic composition. Credit: Richard Hanson. From the United Kingdom comes a story about what is being described as a new, lighter-weight body armor material composed of advanced ceramic materials. Although prototypes made from the material are still being subjected to full ballistic trials by the nation’s Ministry …

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ACerS news




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

Kyoto Prize laureate John W. Cahn The Society just received word that the Inamori Foundation has just named John W. Cahn as the winner of its 2011 Kyoto Prize in the category of Advanced Technology: Materials Science and Engineering. The international Kyoto awards are presented to individuals “who have contributed significantly to the progress of science, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 24th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Computational modeling of carbon supercapacitors with the effects of surface curvature included. Credit: Jingsong Huang, ORNL A fair number of recent posts have been about nanostructured porous materials (PCCMs, diamond aerogel, tunable gold). The interesting characteristics of these materials necessarily depend on the porosity: What is not there makes the material what it is. The …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

Graphene wave guide and splitter. Credit: Nader Engheta and Ashkan Vakil; Univ. of Penn. Penn engineers: Two-dimensional graphene metamaterials and one-atom-thick optical devices Why investing in energy storage is risky business Coal or nuclear? Risk vs. reward Supply shortage of zircon to continue; further price rises unsustainable Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes nanocage for nanomedicine

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 23rd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Regents professor Meilin Liu (right) and postdoctoral researcher Mingfei Liu examine a button fuel cell used to evaluate a new self-cleaning anode material based on barium oxide. The self-cleaning technique could allow fuel cells to be powered by coal gas. Credit: Georgia Tech Photo, Gary Meek. The nation’s energy spotlight has drifted away from solid …

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