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Published on August 1st, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

The National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va. Credit: NSF. Our nation’s capitol was an interesting place to be last week, but not because of the impossible-to-escape budget politics that dominated the newscasts. Last week I was in DC attending the NSF-ACerS workshop for principal investigators, and at every level of the NSF the message is “innovation.” …

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International




Published on August 1st, 2011 | By: Martin Grolms

  Example of sintered alumina turbine, manufactured from alumina paper in previous work by Travitzky, et als. Credit: Paper Technology Foundation (PTS), Munich, Germany. Preceramic paper processing is an interesting novel approach for the manufacturing of lightweight ceramic components, as it can be used to create a wide variety of shapes and has the ability to …

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ACerS news




Published on July 29th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Karen Scrivener, right, received the Della Roy Lecture Award from Maria Juenger at the Cements Division meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: P. Wray, ACerS. At the recently concluded Advances in Cement-based Materials meeting organized by ACerS’ Cements Division and ACBM, Karen Scrivener of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) was selected by the organizers to deliver …

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Biomaterials




Published on July 29th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Sun-free photovoltaics: Silicon chip micro-reactors contain photonic crystals on both flat faces, with external tubes for injecting fuel and air and ejecting waste products. In use, these reactors would have a photovoltaic cell mounted against each face to convert the emitted wavelengths of light to electricity. Credit: Justin Knight, MIT. Check ’em out: • Uh oh, …

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Business




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

  Mechanical engineer Curt Freedman modified a foam drink cooler to make a courtroom apparatus to demonstrate heat flow and measure the extent to which ceramic-containing “insulating paint” provided the R-values advertised. It didn’t. Credit: Curt Freedman. Shortly after I joined the ACerS staff (early 2008), I received a call from a reporter investigating the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 28th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Depiction of the essential functioning of the lithium-air battery. Ions of Li combine with oxygen from the air to form particles of Li oxides, which attach themselves to carbon fibers on the electrode as the battery is being used. During recharging, the Li oxides separate again into Li and oxygen and the process can begin …

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Business




Published on July 27th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Government agencies are starting to drive the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership announced in June by President Obama (see our earlier post about his announcement at Carnegie Mellon). NIST is seeking comments from the public on the best way to structure its proposed Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortium. From NIST: Contact: Barbara Lambis 301-975-4447 A notice published today …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on July 27th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here is what we are hearing: NexTech Materials receives ISO 9001:2008 certification NexTech has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization 9001:2008 certification for its Quality Management System.  Recognizing the quality needs of its clients, NexTech has voluntarily registered with ISO to provide independent assessment of our quality processes. Corning announces expansion of clean air …

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ACerS news




Published on July 26th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Above, Vanderbilt’s Catherine Gay presented the talk “Dispersion of CNFs in Cement Composites” at the recent 2nd Advances in Cement-based Materials meeting organized by ACerS Cements Division and ACBM. Credit: P. Wray, ACerS. Monday was a busy day at the Cements Division meeting, hosted by Vandy’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with lots of …

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Cement




Published on July 26th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Crystal structure of Mayenite (12CaO-7Al2O3). Credit: Paul Myers, CERAM Research Ltd. on AZoM With the Cements Division meeting wrapping up in Nashville, Tenn. this week, an article in the July 1 issue of Science caught my eye. It pulls together an unusual gang: cement, iron smelting slag, crystal chemistry and quantum physics. The work shows …

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