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Biomaterials




Published on September 24th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Researchers, entrepreneurs, students, professors, business people – MS&T is the place for the latest buzz on materials applications, innovation, supplies and production. Seriously. The dates are Oct 5-9 and the place is Pittsburgh. The deadline for registration is coming up very quickly, so put down the cup-o-joe and click on that MS&T’08 box on the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 24th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/Kyocera_Ceram_knives.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/kyocera_ceram_knives.jpg}] Momma, forget the ginsu. This week’s video examines outstanding durability and sharpness of a line of ceramic knives developed by Kyocera. Incredibly sharp, chemically inert and resilient to dulling, these blades are somewhat pricey but are being adopted by professional chefs despite some hesitations about whether the blades will chip. This …

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Biomaterials




Published on September 23rd, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Nanotechnology is key to the development of a new paint that reportedly has the ability to kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a report from Manchester Metropolitan University researcher Lucia Caballero at a September 2008 meeting of the Society for General Microbiology. Caballero reports that, when exposed to fluorescent light or the sun’s ultraviolet rays, paints containing nanoparticles of titanium …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 22nd, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Water contaminated in nuclear power applications and other situations where radiactive elements used can be a significant problems, especially because of the volume compared to the actual amount of radiactive particles. What if there was a fairly simple way to run the water through a filter and remove those materials? Queensland University of Technology’s Zhu …

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Nanomaterials




Published on September 21st, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Seizing the opportunity to educate and possibly influence the incoming president and his policymakers, former EPA official J. Clarence Davies has issued a report said to provide the new administration with a “how-to” guide for managing nanotechnology’s risks, benefits and oversight shortfalls. “The future of the technology is in the hands of the incoming administration. The …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 20th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

ASTM International has issued a new global standard to address the use of honeycomb ceramics in automotive catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters and combustion burner plates. The standard, ASTM C1674, Test Method for Flexural Strength of Advanced Ceramics with Engineered Porosity (Honeycomb Cellular Channels) at Ambient Temperatures, has been developed by group’s Subcommittee C28.04 on Applications, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 19th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Is it really true that everything “new” in engines is old? Some days it seems that way. Today we received word of a nanoceramic oil additive for combustion engines (and other mechanical-friction applications) from CerMetLab that offers itself as a way to reduce metal-on-metal friction and improve fuel economy and efficiency by 15 percent. Does …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 17th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/MIT_solar_concen.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/MIT_solar_concen.jpg}]   Researchers at MIT (see post below) have developed a novel way to concentrate sunlight for solar cells that doesn’t involve mirrors and tracking mechanisms. They use a system of glass and coatings to guide and collect light at the edges of the pane where solar cells can be positioned. Team …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 17th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

What if your house’s windows offered double-duty performance by not only letting in sunlight but also harvesting its energy to efficiently and cost-effectively power your home? That’s the concept behind the organic solar concentrator, a new kind of solar powering device, recently developed by MIT researchers and reported on in Science. “Light is collected over a large area …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 16th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Buffalo, New York’s NanoDynamics Energy is at the receiving end of a nice DOE grant to continue development a 400-watt solid oxide fuel cell fuel by hydrogen, methane gas and related biogases. The $2.4 million contract allows NanoDynamics to scale-up their technologies from previous 20-watt+ prototypes SOFCs running on biogas, and develop efficient manufacturing techniques

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