Lisa McDonald

Melting of graphene is simply sublime: Understanding the melting curve of carbon

By Lisa McDonald / January 21, 2020

Researchers have struggled to create an accurate phase diagram of carbon for over 100 years. Now, two researchers from Russia explored melting of graphite and graphene and confirmed some previous hypotheses—and revealed graphene “melting” is in fact sublimation.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 20, 2020

By Lisa McDonald / January 20, 2020

New facility to research coal in West Virginia, NSL Analytical Services acquired by May River Capital, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 20, 2020.

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Setting the standard—ASTM Committee C28 Advanced Ceramics going strong in its 4th decade

By Lisa McDonald / January 17, 2020

With over 50 standards on test methods, practices, guides, terminology, and specification for advanced ceramics under its jurisdiction, Committee C28 is proud to hold its first meetings of the year in conjunction with ACerS in January 2020.

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Understanding tungsten erosion in tokamak walls

By Lisa McDonald / January 17, 2020

Tokamaks, a leading candidate for practical fusion reactors, are moving from using carbon to using tungsten to protect a tokamak’s walls—but plasma instabilities can erode tungsten. Scientists look to understand the physical mechanisms driving this erosion.

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Video: Incandescent light bulbs—the fading stalwarts of U.S. lighting

By Lisa McDonald / January 15, 2020

Since 2007, more energy-efficient lighting has been replacing incandescent light bulbs in preparation of federal standards set to become effective this year. The Trump administration rejected these standards last month, but incandescent bulbs still are on their way out.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 15, 2020

Eightfold increase of H2O2 production, counting photons needs standards, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 15, 2020.

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Brew your own carbon: Beer waste turned into high-value carbon materials

By Lisa McDonald / January 14, 2020

Spent grains from the beer making process are commonly used as animal feedstock. Researchers led by Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland offer a new, potentially more profitable recycling option—turn spent grains into high-value carbon materials.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 13, 2020

By Lisa McDonald / January 13, 2020

World’s largest floating wind turbine now online, Allied Glass acquired by investment firm, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 13, 2020.

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New year, new design, new newsletter—See what’s happening to CTT in 2020

By Lisa McDonald / January 10, 2020

A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, and that is exactly what we are doing here at Ceramic Tech Today. Learn about the CTT redesign that premiered this week and check out the new business newsletter that will debut on Monday, Jan. 13!

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I bend but do not break: Alumina glass films flex and stretch without fracturing

By Lisa McDonald / January 10, 2020

An oxide glass that can plastically deform under unconfined loading conditions would be a big asset in potential applications. An international team of researchers found alumina glass films exhibit such an ability.

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