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

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/mst_keynote_panel.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/mst_keynote_panel.jpg}] MS&T’09’s Opening Session featured a panel of speakers actively working in renewable energy. The panelists – who included MIT professor and A123 Systems cofounder Yet-Ming Chiang, past ACerS president and Savannah River National Lab associate director John Marra and Solar Power Industries’ Gregory Hildeman – spoke on the topic of “New …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 3rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

What if there was a way to create a material covered with tiny 3D solar collectors instead of the typical 2D flat photovoltaic systems (and in this context flexible PV sheets still count as two-dimensional)? And, what if you could “feed” these collectors with sunlight via optical fibers? Then you might be able to tuck …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 2nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A group of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, University of California Riverside and the Ross Technology Corporation joined a growing list of researchers studying the superhydrophobic property of lotus leaves and now say the insights they gained showed them a way to develop a particle–polymer coating that prevents ice formation in both lab and …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 2nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A group of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, University of California Riverside and the Ross Technology Corporation joined a growing list of researchers studying the superhydrophobic property of lotus leaves and now say the insights they gained showed them a way to develop a particle–polymer coating that prevents ice formation in both lab and …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

Physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified a single layer responsible for one such material’s ability to become superconducting. The technique, described in the Oct. 30, 2009, issue of Science, could be used to engineer ultrathin films with “tunable” superconductivity for higher-efficiency electronic devices. The thinner the material (and the higher its transition temperature to …

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Business




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

On the heels of last week’s post about Nissan’s new plug-in hybrid, The Wall Street Journal reported that Nissan is the only car manufacturer out of Japan’s Big Three (Toyota, Honda, Nissan) that appears to be staking its future on full electric cars. Unlike hybrids, full on electric cars will only travel as far as …

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Nuclear




Published on October 26th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to The Idaho Statesman, Nuclear experts like the Idaho National Laboratory’s Dave Hill are confident as many as 10 reactors will be built in the next two decades. “I think it’s pretty clear there will be a nuclear renaissance,” said Hill, the deputy INL director. Right now it looks like none of the new …

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