Eileen De Guire

Report released on state-by-state fuel cell activities

By Eileen De Guire / June 17, 2011

Praxair hydrogen fueling station at LAX. Credit: Fuel Cells 2000. Fuel Cells 2000 has just released its latest report, “State of the States: Fuel Cells in America,” (pdf) which is available free from their website. The 106-page report was assembled by the Washington-based nonprofit organization from public records, websites and communication with state and industry…

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Curved glass panels to give new Apple HQ its donut-shape

By Eileen De Guire / June 16, 2011

ASM International’s iconic headquarters. Apple plans to build a new headquarters with similar features: circular footprint, glass exterior and courtyard garden. Credit: ASM International. Last week Steve Jobs presented Apple’s plans for a proposed new headquarters to be located on a former Hewlett-Packard site in Cupertino, Calif. at its city council meeting. Apple has patched…

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Solid job growth expected for engineers

By Eileen De Guire / June 15, 2011

Relative job growth trends for engineers from Indeed.com. The Indeed.com search engine searches openings at thousands of job sites. Credit: Indeed.com The Society for Automotive Engineers just released a survey-based study on anticipated employment trends for engineers in the 2011-2016 timeframe. The study focused on the so-called mobility industries: automotives, aerospace and commercial vehicles (e.g.,…

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The Energy Race and the search for commodity catalyst materials

By Eileen De Guire / June 14, 2011

Illustration of the way the electronic configuration of metal ions can control the activity of metal oxides for oxygen reduction, varying it by a factor of at least 10,000 times. This can serve as a design principle (symbolized as a “volcano plot”) to screen metal oxide candidates and accelerate the development of efficient fuel cells,…

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Tunable mechanical properties in nanoscale porous gold

By Eileen De Guire / June 13, 2011

SEM of nanoporous gold structure. Credit: Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. Several recent, unrelated posts have been about materials with nanoscale porosity (diamond aerogels, chalcogenide PCMM). Here is another one, but perhaps this one will prove to be not so unrelated. In the June 3 issue of Science, authors Jin and Weissmüller describe a…

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Follow up: Chalcogenide phase-change memory materials for high-speed, low-power data storage

By Eileen De Guire / June 9, 2011

I’ve received some follow-up information from Gang Chen, whose work on phase-change memory chalcogenide materials I wrote about earlier this week. He provided some numbers that illustrate the potential for very impressive reductions in power consumption for nonvolatile data storage based on PCMMs. Chen notes that the quoted 30-50% reduction in power consumption from lowering…

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IAEA releases preliminary report on Fukushima nuclear accident

By Eileen De Guire / June 8, 2011

Satellite image of tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Credit: Digital Globe; Wikipedia. Last week the UN International Atomic Energy Agency released a preliminary report from its fact finding mission to Japan to identify and share early lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. A full report will be provided to the IAEA Ministerial Conference…

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Chalcogenide phase-change memory materials for high-speed, low-power data storage

By Eileen De Guire / June 6, 2011

Ohio University graduate student, Chandrasiri Ihalawela discusses his work on telluride-base phase change memory materials with SVRNL’s Kevin Fox. Last week the University of California, San Diego announced that a group from its computer science department will be demonstrating a data storage system based on phase-change memory materials at the Device Automation Conference 2011 taking…

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DOE co-sponsors webinar on fuel cell technologies June 9

By Eileen De Guire / June 6, 2011

Those interested in the fuel cell segment of the nation’s renewable energy portfolio may be interested in this announcement from the DOE. The webinar is co-sponsored by Clean Energy States Alliance, the Department of Energy, and the Technology Transition Corporation. According to the announcement, DOE’s “Fuel Cell Technologies Program will co-host a webinar on Thursday,…

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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 neighborhood kids delighting in blowing the seeds into the breeze, consider that research is underway at the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center at Ohio State University…

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