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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on January 15th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The American Ceramic Society is seeking proposals from experts with the ability to develop and teach two-day (or more) short courses that focus on foundational topics in ceramic materials engineering and business. Proposals for a short course should be prepared with a target of professionals working with ceramic materials and technologies in the corporate sector, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on January 15th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Kudos to Akio Ikesue and Yan Lin Aung for their recent article in Nature Photonics. Ikesue (bias confession: he is an ACerS member) and Yan report on recent developments in the field. From their summary: The opaque and translucent cement and clay often used in tableware are not appropriate for optical applications because of the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

Today’s videos are something of an introduction to ceramic armor. The first video uses the suit worn in the most recent Batman movie (The Dark Knight) as a jumping off point for explaining the production and composition of ceramic armor plates manufactured by Ceradyne, one of the leading advanced technical ceramics, for military and police …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

A cool idea for solar-powered cold-storage is about to make refrigeration a lot more affordable, practical and environmentally friendly in off-the-grid and partially-electrified areas of the world. Birth of a ‘cool’ concept The system is an energy-efficient hybrid refrigerator that combines conventional compressor-created cold air with clean, quiet cooling generated by thermoelectric technology and photovoltaic solar …

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International




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

Air Force researchers are investigating ways to boost the performance of aerospace mirrors, while cutting in half the cost and time required to manufacture them. No wonder! It takes about two years and nearly one million dollars to produce a one-meter, lightweight glass aerospace mirror, according to the AF Research Lab’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a micro-scale “flexible charge pump” that produces alternating current by utilizing the piezoelectric properties of cyclically stretched and released zinc oxide wires. “The flexible charge pump offers yet another option for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy,” says project leader Zhong-Lin Wang, director of GIT’s Center …

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Biomaterials




Published on January 7th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jain_bioceramics.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jain_bioceramics.jpg}] Lehigh University professor Himanshu Jain discusses the school’s work to lead an international effort to develop biocompatible, dually porous glass that helps damaged human bone to regenerate. Jain, who teaches in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was the subject of another post we did about a week ago concerning …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on January 4th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Although it sounds like the fight my spouse and I have about what happened to the blankets last night, an old pushing-versus-pulling debate is flaring up because of some work (including video evidence – see below) by Chinese researchers recently published in the recent issue of the Physical Review Letters that seems to go a …

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Policy




Published on January 3rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

One has to critically read (if not read between the lines) a report written to the incoming President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from leaders of the outgoing panel. AAAS has started to tweeze out some of the nuances of the report and one of their staffers interviewed soon-to-be-former co-chair E. Floyd Kvamme. …

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