Eileen De Guire

Rubber match – dandelions could hold trump card

By Eileen De Guire / June 3, 2011

It’s Friday, which means many of us will be mowing grass, grooming our gardens, and conducting physical or chemical warfare against dandelions. Before you start thinking unkind thoughts about the…

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Making photovoltaic solar cells that last

By Eileen De Guire / June 1, 2011

Solar concentration mirror for PV energy generation. Credit: Replex Plastics. Yesterday, the DOE announced $27 million in new funding for projects aimed at reducing the non-hardware costs of solar energy…

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Transformed aerogels: From amorphous carbon to nanocrystalline diamond

By Eileen De Guire / June 1, 2011

Laser-heated diamond anvil cell allows very large hydrostatic pressure to be applied to amorphous carbon aerogels. Cavity dimensions are approximately 100–170 μm wide by 35 μm thick. Credit: LLNL. While…

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Nanoscale intergranular films shed light on grain boundary behavior

By Eileen De Guire / May 26, 2011

During one of their studies, grain boundary researchers began with gold films broken into particles (via annealing) dispersed across a sapphire substrate. Credit: Baram, et al; Technion. Materials scientists have long recognized that grain boundaries…

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SRNL’s John Marra speaks to GOMD about materials for nuclear energy and impact of Fukushima incident

By Eileen De Guire / May 23, 2011

Credit: Eileen De Guire; ACerS As announced in an earlier post, John Marra, chief research officer at Savannah River National Lab spoke at the conference dinner at the annual meeting…

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Super-small erasable SketchSET transistor, ‘artificial atom’ could lead to super-big payoff

By Eileen De Guire / April 27, 2011

An atomic-scale depiction of the SketchSET shows three wires (green bars) converging on the central island (center green area), which can house up to two electrons. Electrons tunnel from one…

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Perovskite-based tunable superlens developed

By Eileen De Guire / March 30, 2011

Experimental setup shows an IR free-electron laser light source and perovskite superlens consisting of BiFeO3 and strontium titanate SrTiO3 layers. Imaged objects are strontium ruthenate patterns (orange) on a SrTiO3…

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New class of optical fiber developed at Penn State; ZnSe waveguide cores open infrared spectrum

By Eileen De Guire / March 16, 2011

a) Schematic of the HPCVD process, where a high pressure precursor mixture is configured to flow into a capillary (left). When the capillary is heated, well-developed annular films are deposited.…

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Tomozawa, Minoru (2010)

By Eileen De Guire / February 2, 2011

Contact Information: Minoru Tomozawa, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutetomozm@rpi.edu NSF Abstract in Ceramics Program: Glasses with Fictive Temperature-Independent Properties 2010 Highlight: Presentation Material Keywords: Glass Area Keywords: Innovation/Economy Broader Impact Keywords: Mentoring,…

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Martin, Steve W. (2010)

By Eileen De Guire / January 20, 2011

Contact Information: Steve W. Martin, Iowa State University swmartin@iastate.edu NSF Abstract in Ceramics Program: Materials World Network: An International Collaborative Educational and Research Program in the Study of Mixed Glass…

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