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

Experts at Purdue University say the United States could cut its total energy consumption and related carbon emissions by approximately 10 percent through the broad adoption of light-emitting diode technology. Known to be about four times more efficient than incandescent lights, one LED “negative” has prevented the technology’s widespread domestic use: prohibitive cost. LEDs are “at least 20 times” more …

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

Researchers led by John Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have developed a new form of flexible, stretchable silicon integrated circuit. Not only can these new silicon circuits wrap around complex shapes, but they can do so without sacrificing electrical performance while stretching, compressing and folding …

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Published on October 15th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/hocking_coll_cera_eng.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/hocking_coll_cera_eng.jpg}]   This is a good example of a student-made film about a materials program. This one is about the Industrial Ceramics Engineering Technology program at the college located in southern Ohio. They review slip development, glazing, heat treatment and burners, strength testing and microscopy. According to the students, ICE-T is hot!

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Published on October 14th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Back in April, ACerS’ magazine, the Bulletin, announced that the Imperial College (U.K.) was establishing a Structural Ceramic Center funded at £6 million over a five-year period by an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Science and Innovation Award. The Center is being directed by Bill Lee, a professor at Imperial College and head of …

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Published on October 14th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

If you can get beyond the heavy hype, it appears Planilum – billed by its developers as “the world’s first light-emitting material,” a “technology that redefines our relationship with light” and light that “establishes a dialogue between the ethereal and the functional” – might actually be a great product. Its codevelopers – Paris’ Saazs Institute and Saint-Gobain – say the technology …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on October 13th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Smart parts – parts that can track themselves and predict their own breakdown – may soon be possible thanks to new ceramic materials and cast-metal manufacturing methods being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute in Bremen, Germany. According to an Institute press release, Fraunhofer scientists are developing a way to make light-metal parts “intelligent” by embedding electrical components …

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

The DuPont/Smart Fuel Cell Team came out the million-dollar winner Oct. 8 in the Department of Defense’s Wearable Power Prize competition. DuPont is based in Delaware and SFC is headquartered in Brunnthal, Germany. DuPont has a minority stake in SFC and the group’s methanol-powered pack actually began to be deployed among combatants this summer: “Our …

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Biomaterials




Published on October 9th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

As part of The American Ceramic Society’s recently concluded 110th Anniversary Celebration, the Society identified the 11 best papers published by ACerS to commemorate the 11 decades that ACerS has continually operated.. A total of 171 papers from Journal of the American Ceramic Society and International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology were considered in the …

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Published on October 8th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/making_ceramic_tile.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/making_ceramic_tile.jpg}]   This video is part of our ongoing efforts to collect videos that document some of the basic methods used in industrial ceramics. This video is produced by the Discovery Channel as part of its “How It’s Made” series, and shows the methods used to prepare the raw materials and then …

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Published on September 25th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

My neighbor recently picked up a couple of “solar” outdoor planters/urns at a discount center. What’s a solar urn? Turns out that each urn has about six tiny LEDs around its rim that are visible at nighttime, and each had a little external solar panel that could be plugged in to charge the urn’s batteries. …

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