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Published on July 27th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Many of the same materials used in semiconductor processing are being applied to textile materials. Credit: Jur, NCSU. The notion of ceramics going together with fabrics is a little counterintuitive. Mixing the hard stuff with soft threads? But, it’s true, and sort of like peanuts on top of an ice cream sundae—a great combination can …

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Business




Published on July 26th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here is what we are hearing: Prematech Advanced Ceramics adds technical and marketing strength with hiring of Bruce Gretz PremaTech Advanced Ceramics, a leader in the design, engineering and machining of high-purity silicon carbides and other advanced ceramic materials and components, has named Bruce Gretz senior technical salesperson. In that capacity, Gretz is responsible for …

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Basic science




Published on July 26th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Juan Nino, associate professor at the University of Florida, describes his research at an NSF workshop for principle investigators in June. The NSF is sponsoring another workshop in August early-career faculty and postdoctoral researchers. Credit: ACerS. If you are an assistant professor or postdoctoral associate with research experience, you may want to set aside a …

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Basic science




Published on July 25th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

High critical current density doped ferropnictide superconductors. (a) Magneto-optical image of a rectangular slab of (Ba0.6K0.4)Fe2As2 bulk material after zero field cooling the sample to 10 K and applying 167 mT. (b) Current stream lines calculated for zero field cooled sample showing uniform current circulating though the bulk. (c) Magneto-optical image showing remnant trapped magnetic …

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ACerS news




Published on July 24th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Photographs of the mechanically strong and biocompatible hydroxyapatite/t-ZrO2 composite scaffolds prepared by microwave sintering at 1,300°C (a, b), 1,400°C (c, d) and 1500°C (e, f). Credit: Jang et al.; Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. A group of Korean researchers at Soonchunhyang University who have been working on developing various types of a bone-like scaffolds to …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on July 24th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Sally Ride on board the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. Ride, who was the first female astronaut, died yesterday at age 61. Credit: Wikimedia. Sally Ride changed the world for women in STEM careers forever when she was selected to be the first female space shuttle crew member and made that historic first flight as …

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ACerS news




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

Take a break and take a look: China cuts rare earth mining rights by half to aid consolidation (Bloomberg/Businessweek) – China, the supplier of 90 percent of the world’s rare earths, cut mining rights for the materials by about half to 65 nationwide to help the industry consolidate and create bigger producers. Rare-earth mining rights in …

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Business




Published on July 23rd, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

• Ardagh Group is to buy (from Wayzata Investment Partners) US-based Anchor Glass Container Corp. for $880 million. The deal is expected to close at the end of August 2012. Anchor, the third largest glass container manufacturer in the US, produces 5.6 billion containers annually from its eight facilities in the US. • Flat glass …

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ACerS news




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

A typical plenary session at Fourth International Congress on Ceramics, which just concluded in Chicago. Credit: ACerS. To wrap up our coverage of the Fourth International Congress on Ceramics, we offer this mini-album of some of the highlights of ICC4 and the Ceramics Leadership Summit (including the opening ceremonies and presentation of the new leaders …

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Business




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

Here is what we are hearing: Kyocera introduces environmentally friendly epoxy molding compound for semiconductor encapsulation Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp., Chemical Sales Division, announced the introduction of its new environmentally friendly XKE-G5633 Epoxy Molding Compound. This room-temperature EMC offers an extended shelf life of up to three months, thus improving the cost of operation for …

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