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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 14th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Some exciting news – Charles M. Vest will be giving the Rustum Roy Lecture at the ACerS annual meeting. His talk is tentatively titled, “Engineering Education and the Challenges of the 21st Century”and is scheduled for Oct. 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh. (The ACerS annual meeting is held in conjunction with MS&T’09.) The president of the …

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Nanomaterials




Published on July 14th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Singapore’s Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology has discovered a new, inexpensive and environmentally friendly method to synthesize nanoparticles. This chemical synthesis was recently published in Nature Materials. IBN researchers developed a protocol to transfer metal ions from an aqueous solution to an organic solution such as toluene. Metal compounds that can dissolve in water are …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 13th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Want to catch up on the cutting edge of sintering? Then check out the new edition of the Journal of the American Ceramics Society (subscription required). The July JACerS has a special section on Advances in Sintering Science and Technology edited by Rajendra Bordia (University of Wisconsin) and Eugene Olevsky (San Diego State University). The …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 12th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

They’re not accepting applications yet, but the Departments of the Treasury and Energy announced an estimated $3 billion for the development of renewable energy projects around the country, and made available the guidance businesses will need to submit a successful application. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the program will provide direct payments. …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on July 11th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Rubicon Technology claims it has successfully grown the world’s largest Al2O3 crystal, a boule that weighs in at 200 kg (441 lb). The company says it plans to use the material to form “high quality large-size optical windows and next-generation wafer products with dimensions over 12 in.” This is quite a leap for Rubicon. Normally, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 10th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Four newly designed solar power collection dishes called SunCatchers were unveiled at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility. The new dishes are the next-generation model of the original SunCatcher system. Engineers say they are designed for high-volume production, ease of maintenance and cost reductions, and could be in commercial service by 2010. The modular solar-thermal …

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Materials & Innovations




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

I just received belated word that J. Walter Szymaszek died. Actually, he passed away in January and there is a just-posted obituary about him on the ACerS site. Szymaszek received a Bronze medal and citation for his work on the Manhattan Project, and later moved on to the the ceramic and metallurgy department of the …

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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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