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Materials & Innovations




Published on July 9th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

“FusionX aerogel pendants consist of a 3mm pure aerogel core that is fused inside a hand wound helix silver casing [in 8 colors]. The aerogel-filled helix casing is sealed inside the precision cut, strong borosilicate clear glass casing, then the complete aerogel assembly is hermetically sealed inside silver-over-titanium end caps for added strength and long …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 9th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The New York Times has discovered materials science! The newspaper recently published a nice story on the scientific advancements being made to strengthen glass for the ever expanding use of the material in architecture. The glass gurus interviewed include ACerS members Harrie Stevens, director of the Center for Glass Research at Alfred University, Carlo Pantano, …

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Biomaterials




Published on July 8th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

RUSNANO to produce abrasive resistant parts using nanostructured ceramic and metal-ceramic materials The Supervisory Council has approved RUSNANO participation in setting up the production of abrasive resistant parts using nano-structured ceramic and metal-ceramic materials. The project was initiated by Virial LLC, one of the Russian market leaders in abrasive resistant ceramic and metal ceramic parts …

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Biomaterials




Published on July 8th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/sk_sundaram.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/sk_sundaram.jpg}] S.K. Sundaram is chief materials scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Lab. In this short video, he discusses several non-contact methods of taking materials measurements. In particular, Sundaram describes the lab’s use of fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy as a rapid screen tool for nanomaterials, such as that being done by PNNL …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 7th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Researchers at the DOE’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University think they have a nifty new material that could unleash a new generation of spintronics applications, providing quicker and more efficient computer chips. According to the SLAC and SU researchers, the material – a bismuth–telluride compound, Bi2Te3 – works as a topological insulator. The …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 7th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Aerogel, sometimes referred to as “frozen smoke,” could one day mop up oil spills and filter wastewater because of its super absorbent, sponge-like qualities. Nanogel, a branded aerogel made of modified, water-repellent silica, soaked up oil faster and in greater quantities than other materials that are typically used in wastewater filtration, according to a study …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on July 7th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Ivoclar Vivadent has announced the introduction of SpeedCEM, a dual-curing, self-adhesive resin cement for the cementation of high-strength indirect restorations. The product is intended for restorations such as those fabricated from metal, metal-ceramic (e.g. porcelain fused to metal), high strength ceramics (e.g., zirconia, lithium-disilicate) and fiber reinforced composites. This new resin cement eliminates the need …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 6th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Following on the heels of Ann’s post about PolyPlus’s lithium-air, single-use, long-shelf-life battery, I thought I’d post this video from 2008 of a demonstration of Mphase Technologies’ battery that has a lot of the same features

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 6th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A company based in Berkeley, Calif., is developing lightweight, high-energy, single-use batteries that can use the surrounding air as a cathode. PolyPlus is currently developing these lithium metal-air batteries for the government, and it expects these batteries to be on the market within a few years. Interest in lithium metal-air batteries has been growing in …

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Characterization




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

According to the ICT Results website, researchers at a European Union-sponsored project say their method to use carbon nanotubes to measure masses at the atomic level is improving. European researchers claim their device, one that uses carbon nanotubes and already shown to be adept at measuring the mass of some larger atoms, is getting better …

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