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Biomaterials




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

A press release from Uppsala University, Sweden, claims that a group of researchers at the Ångström Laboratory have discovered that the distinctive cellulose nanostructure of Cladophora algae can serve as an effective coating substrate for use in environmentally friendly batteries. The findings have been published in an article in Nano Letters. “These algae has a …

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Business




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

The White House and U.S. Department of Commerce announced yesterday that physicist Patrick Gallagher will be nominated to be director of NIST. Gallagher is currently the NIST deputy director. According to a DOC news release Gallagher, came to the NIST Center for Neutron Research in 1993 to pursue research in neutron and X-ray instrumentation and …

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Business




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

Via RareMetalBlog, here is a timely example of one nation’s strategy, in this case regarding rare earth metals: Japan Accelerates Moves to Secure Rare Metals Both the public and private sectors have begun taking action to secure supplies of rare metals, which are essential materials in the manufacturing of parts for hybrid vehicles and other …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

While clearing out some junk in my garage, I came across a October 1980 copy of Popular Mechanics that contained the above story with “spy photos” of a two-passenger electric hybrid GM was working on for sales in 1985. Keep in mind, this was a full decade before GM’s legendary EV-1. The same issue of …

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International




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

I remember losing my fifth grade science competition to John Immel, a young boy who designed a coffee mug with a battery to keep his mom’s coffee warm in the mornings. I don’t know if it actually worked (I’m pretty sure it was just a battery duct-taped to a coffee mug), but the British Telegraph …

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Business




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

Lithium, bauxite, rare earths? As ACerS corporate member Don Bubar, of Avalan Rare Metals, told CNBC yesterday (in something of an understated way), “There is a global scramble to secure supplies of raw materials . . . and we need to think a little bit longer term than we have in the past.” Don’s point …

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Business




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

First Solar announced yesterday that it and the Chinese government had agreed upon a memorandum of understanding that, if a few more bridges are crossed, will result in a 2 gigawatt solar power plant in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China. That’s a huge plant. A story in today’s Wall Street Journal reports that it will …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

I’m not sure if this Solar Roadways concept is insane or brilliant, but I think my gut reaction is that this is generally far fetched – at least on the scale these visionaries are thinking about. Having noted that, I also think it might be useful for some specific roadway signage applications in the short …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

[flash http://www.youtube.com/v/oQtsPXLKB4E mode=1] The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab has produced this new video that provides an excellent overview of the labs past and present work, including multijunction PV cells, thin-film PVs, deposition process development, PV calibration and real-world outdoor testing

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Business




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

Reportlinker.com announced that a new market research report is available in its catalog. The report, China refractory material product manufacturing industry, 2008-2009, is summarized below. In the past three years, China’s annual output of refractory materials has grown steadily, accounting for nearly a half of the world total. The causes for this can be attributed …

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