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Published on March 23rd, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Screenshot of one of the Materials Project’s new tools based on a growing and dynamic database, the Lithium Battery Explorer. Credit: Materials Project. Robert F. Service, one of Science magazine’s best writers, has finally written a lengthy piece (subscription req’d) on the Materials Genome Initiative, which contains a nice interview with MIT’s Gerbrand Ceder — who …

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ACerS news




Published on March 23rd, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Materials engineering will drive development of the next generation of energy efficient vehicles. Credit: Wikipedia. News is ubiquitous about efforts and advances in the realm of energy, often in the context of transportation, environmental impact and efficiency. Just yesterday, for example, President Obama announced $14.2 million in new DOE funding to develop lightweight materials for …

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Business




Published on March 22nd, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

A June workshop is being organized to address issues relating to ceramic materials property data. Credit: data.gov. Steve Freiman (along with Lynnette Madsen and John Rumble) first brought the issue of ceramic property data to the attention of the broader ACerS community last year with their article in The Bulletin, “A perspective on materials databases.” The …

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Basic science




Published on March 22nd, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

This video comes courtesy of our colleagues at MaterialsViews.com and Wiley’s Hope Inman. MaterialsViews has been experimenting with some new types of online presentations of various papers published in Wiley’s journals (including the three that are jointly published with The American Ceramic Society), and this — to my memory — is one of the first “video abstracts” …

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Business




Published on March 22nd, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The new OSRAM Ostar Stage LEDs for bright spotlighting with color mixing. Here is what we are hearing: MesoCoat hits milestone – cladding inside diameter of pipe Abakan Inc. is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, MesoCoat Inc., has successfully completed a major milestone by cladding the inside diameter of steel pipe with corrosion and …

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ACerS news




Published on March 21st, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

ACerS past president was a guest on a recent radio broadcast to discuss rare earth elements. Credit: Wikipedia. Steve Freiman, ACerS past president, was a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi radio show on Monday to discuss the science and politics of rare earth elements. Sharing the studio with Freiman was Richard McGregor, Washington bureau chief …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 20th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Mario Affatigato from Coe College identified the interaction between glass and living matter as a grand challenge that can be addressed by the glass and ceramics research community. Credit: ACerS. What are the next “grand challenges” for ceramic materials research? What emerging research areas should the ceramic materials research community make its priority? What are …

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Biomaterials




Published on March 20th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Check ’em out: Ultrafast large-amplitude relocation of electronic charge in ionic crystals (pdf) (PNAS, Early Edition) We have demonstrated an ultrafast relocation of charge that is induced by electronic excitation and steered by coherent low-frequency motions of the ionic crystal lattice. Our results reveal the nonequilibrium charge dynamics in ionic materials on their intrinsic length …

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Cement




Published on March 20th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Old toilets await new life as Poticrete aggregate. Credit: City of Bellingham, Wash. There seems to some new and interesting surges of interest in using recycled material in roadways, both for economic reasons and to find a second life for materials destined for the trash heap. For example, Eileen recently wrote about new work conducted …

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Business




Published on March 19th, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

• Dubai Investments may opt to issue a sukuk, or Islamic bonds, to finance the expansion of the second production line at its Emirates Float Glass Factory in Abu Dhabi. The second phase of the facility, to be the largest in the UAE upon completion, will add another 600 tons a day of capacity, bringing …

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