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Published on November 12th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/Aerogel.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/Aerogel.jpg}] This week’s video is actually a three-in-one aerogel feature. Aerogel is wispy, translucent, highly insulating material often described as “solid smoke.” It’s worth noting that aerogel is not a new material and may date back to the 1930s. Many new applications and lower-cost production processes, however, are opening up. The first …

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Biomaterials




Published on November 6th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

“Fine ceramics” – a.k.a. advanced ceramics – gets a great boost from a new website launched by Kyocera. If you are expecting an ad blitz from the company, think again. Yes, there are some links to the company’s applications, but  Fine Ceramics World is almost entirely about the ABCs and XYZs of cutting-edge ceramic technology. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 5th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Apropos of this week’s event in the U.S., this week’s video is based on what’s been called “the best class at Berkeley.” It is taught by Richard Muller, and the approximately one-hour lecture and half-hour Q&A is sponsored by Univ. of California, Berkeley’s Friends of Science. Muller is a professor at Cal where he specializes …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 4th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Two Dutch high school students have captured the top prize in an annual competition sponsored by PANalytical, a supplier of analytical and X-ray diffraction equipment, to stimulate young people’s interest in science. This year’s prize – a week-long “Expedition to the Greenhouse World” in Spitsbergen, Norway – was awarded to Barbara Terlouw and Robin van …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 3rd, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Why settle for one photon when you can get 200-300? That’s the idea behind a new material being developed by SiOnyx, a new Massachusetts company. The company using a method to reshape the surface of silicon to create cones that it says makes the material effectively function as “sponge for light.” is making a new type of silicon …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 1st, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Though looking sort of glum at the time, Ivan Bozovic is successfully leading Brookhaven Labs’ thin-film superconductor project. Researchers at DOE’s Brookhaven National Lab have developed a sandwich of thin films that, at the point where the films touch, offers a nanometer-sized area of superconductivity. Moreover, as reported in the Oct. 9 edition of Nature magazine, the superconductivity …

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Nanomaterials




Published on October 31st, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The photo shown above captured first prize in a micro- and nanograph imaging competition at the 34th International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineering held recently in Athens, Greece. If you think nanotechnology and microscience don’t have their funny side, take a look at two more winning images: To view all the winners or to find out how to …

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Biomaterials




Published on October 31st, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A new report from BCC Research pegs the North American market for advanced structural ceramics at $2.7 billion in 2007 and predicts it will grow to $3.7 billion in 2012, for a compound annual growth rate of 6.0 percent. BCC breaks down the market by application into these segments: cutting tools and inserts; wear and corrosion; …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on October 30th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A fascinating story is unfolding in Mbita, Kenya, where OSRAM – one of the world’s two leading lighting firms – is embarking on a program to improve the environment and the lives of more than 175,000 Kenya fishermen who live “off-the-grid,” in a remote area of the world with no access to electricity. These fishermen are …

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