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American Ceramic Society Bulletin

March 2015 – Vol. 94 No. 2

 

  • Case study—Applying lateral thinking to process development and optimization of specialty kiln furniture

PLUS…

  • Trends in ceramic engineering education 

  • Stuff Matters book review

  • Ceramics Expo coming to Cleveland

  • Florida meeting highlights


Features

Letter to the editor

3

Refractories—Engineered, high-performance ‘silent partners’

26

Eileen De Guire

   Refractory technology—often hidden from view—advances materials science, and has done so for 8,000 years.


Case study—Applying lateral thinking to process development and optimization of specialty kiln furniture

28

Roel van Loo

  A German company manufactures tall, large-area saggars for a severe firing application by adapting an undersized press and pulling a vacuum. 


Current state and future opportunities for ceramic education in the United States

34

Steve Freiman and Lynnette D. Madsen   

   The Interagency Coordinating Committee on Ceramic Research and Development outlines     challenges and opportunities for the future of ceramic education.


Book review: Stuff Matters: Exploring the marvelous materials that shape our man-made world

49

April Gocha

   Author Mark Miodownik writes an entertaining account of the importance of materials by connecting stuff to its recognizable place in the world.


Meetings

Ceramics Expo 2015

40

GOMD-DGG 2015: Glass & Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting and Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft Annual Meeting

42

11th CMCEE: International Conference on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications

44

Meeting highlights: 39th Int’l Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, and ACerS Electronic Materials and Applications 2015

46

Departments

News & Trends

4
  • Aggressive climate pollution plan part of China’s ‘energy revolution’
  • Glass cockpit aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft sets course for future space travel
  • Advanced composites receive $259-million investment to cut time from concept to prototype

ACerS Spotlight

8
  • St. Louis Section/RCD Annual Symposium: March 24–26
  • Electronics Division awards top papers, posters winners at EMA’15
  • Scholarship and award opportunities for students
  • Tie makes for a nailbiter of a competition at ICACC’15
  • 2015 Future City Competition showcases engineers of tomorrow
  • Deadlines for upcoming nominations
  • Ceramics down under: A report from CAMS2014
  • First ICG Winter School in Shenzhen, China brings together global glass research community
  • Bowman honored by Australian Ceramic Society
  • International Journal of Applied Glass Science marks fifth year of publication

Ceramics in Energy

13
  • See-through semiconductors set to ‘shake up’ consumer electronics industry
  • Multilayered oxide mirror heats up space to help cool buildings
  • Building stronger, taller towers of clean energy with high-strength concrete technology
  • Electric cars powered by supercapacitor-packed body panels could become roadway reality within five years
  • Bifunctional, self-tinting smart window doubles as rechargeable battery

Ceramics in Environment

17
  • Stronger, greener cement-like material curbs carbon emissions through diffusion
  • Greener de-icers and smarter snowplows could equal less bucks for state budgets
  • Floating project uses recycled concrete and 3-D printing for sustainable housing

Research Briefs

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  • Unique crystals prevent crack propagation, make ancient Roman concrete strong
  • 3-D printing active electronics for eyes that emit LED light beams
  • Ancient Israeli pottery contains 8,000-year-old olive oil residue
  • Nano-nails give surfaces super repellent superpowers against all liquids

Columns

Deciphering the Discipline

56

Elise Poerschke

    For science’s sake: My selfie with Bill Nye


Resources

New Products

50

Calendar

51

Classified Advertising

52

Display Advertising Index

55

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