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Biomaterials




Published on July 16th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Speaking of hydroxyapatite, there apparently is a new process for coating metal implants that could improve the outcomes of total joint replacement surgeries. Researchers at Tel Aviv University say their new electrochemical method improves upon current implant choices by enhancing an implants’ functionality, longevity and integration. Hydroxyapatite is a great coating – one that nicely …

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Business




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

Solar cell surface inspection with 3D metrology Nanovea’s White Light 3D Non-Contact Profilometers can precisely measure glass surfaces, light absorbing materials and wafer bowing with superior accuracy and speed. Offered as a stand alone instrument or an integrated inline inspection system ideal for inspection at all stages during solar cell production. Allied Mineral Product expands …

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Biomaterials




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

In a paper published in the free, online Journal of Biomedical Science, Chinese researchers Jiang Liuyun, Li Yubao and Xiong Chengdong report positive results from the use of a novel biodegradable composite tissue scaffold made of nano-hydroxyapatite and natural derived polymers of chitosan and carboxymethyl cellulose. They say the scaffold is formed through the ionic …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

There is a new battery under development that is thinner than a millimeter, lighter than a gram and can be produced cost-effectively through a printing process. A German research team, led by Reinhard Baumann of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS) in Chemnitz together with colleagues from TU Chemnitz and Menippos GmbH, …

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Materials & Innovations




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

I’ve never seen a real 1957 Aston Martin DBR2 Le Mans racer, but a company out of Phoenix, Ariz. called Rikz Auto is building a high-end replica based on the original lines of the ’57. Company founder Wa-el Rizk says the car uses a monocoque carbon chassis, carbon-nomex body panels and seats based on the …

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Career




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

Every year, the Materials Science and Engineering Lab receives more than 50 applications for National Research Council–NIST postdoctoral fellowships. Out of this pool of applicants, there are 10 to 15 successful appointments. MSEL programs are significantly enriched by the fresh ideas and talent brought by NRC postdocs. In turn, the postdocs enjoy close interactions with …

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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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