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From division to directorate—panel suggests elevating materials research status within NSF

By Lisa McDonald / November 12, 2019

The National Academies recently released a materials research decadal survey claiming large investments by countries in Europe and East Asia jeopardize U.S. leadership in materials science. Could elevating materials research from a division to directorate within NSF help focus national attention and increase funding?

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Save “cold,” hard cash—cold sintering offers financial, environmental benefits to ceramic manufacturing

By Lisa McDonald / November 8, 2019

Decarbonizing manufacturing processes is a focus of the ceramic industry. In a recent paper, researchers performed a techno-economic analysis to show how the cold sintering process, a recently developed manufacturing technique, could help reach this goal.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Lisa McDonald / November 8, 2019

MetaShield launches new anti-fingerprint coating, Addis Glass plans to triple production capacity, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for November 8, 2019.

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13th PACRIM conference delivers dozens of symposia on a variety of topics

By Lisa McDonald / November 6, 2019

The 13th PACRIM conference, held Oct. 27–Nov. 1, 2019, welcomed nearly 1,700 attendees and about 1,540 papers. This year, two researchers were recipients of the Samuel Geijsbeek PACRIM International Award.

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Video: Launch into testing—Lamborghini sends carbon fiber samples to International Space Station

By Lisa McDonald / November 6, 2019

On November 2, Lamborghini sent carbon fiber composite samples to the International Space Station to test the effects of extreme space conditions on composite materials. The project is part of a collaboration with the Houston Methodist Research Institute to research biocompatibility of composite materials.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 6, 2019

Convert infrared light to energy, coal ash aggregate helps concrete cure, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 6, 2019.

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Reduce carbon emissions from cement production—and make other useful products in the process

By Lisa McDonald / November 5, 2019

To reduce carbon emissions from cement manufacturing, emission-heavy steps of the process can be replaced with alternative techniques. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology experimented with using electrolysis to create cement and found that in addition to reducing carbon emissions, byproducts from the process can be reused.

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Innovation, sustainability mark the future of glass manufacturing at the Conference on Glass Problems

By Lisa McDonald / November 1, 2019

The 80th Conference on Glass Problems took place Oct. 28–31, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Speakers discussed the importance innovation and sustainability will play in the future of the glass industry.

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Tune shear-thickening fluid viscosity with acoustics

By Lisa McDonald / November 1, 2019

Dilatant fluids, commonly termed shear-thickening fluids, can complicate manufacturing by jamming pumping and mixing equipment. Cornell University researchers investigated softening dilatant fluids using ultrasonic waves to make them easier to handle.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Lisa McDonald / November 1, 2019

Corning announces FDA approval of Valor Glass, Penn Chemistry to establish Center for Sustainable Separations of Metals, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for November 1, 2019.

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