Lisa McDonald, Author at The American Ceramic Society

Lisa McDonald

When water increases battery performance

By Lisa McDonald / January 18, 2019

Water is known to produce many negative effects in batteries. But researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology found adding water to calcium-ion battery electrolytes actually increased the batteries’ speed.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Lisa McDonald / January 18, 2019

Plibrico starts refractory distribution deal, Department of Energy to invest in centrifuge technology, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 18, 2019.

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Video: Move over, polymers—3D-printed ceramic body armor has arrived

By Lisa McDonald / January 16, 2019

Polymers gain toughness when 3D-printed in certain geometries. Now, researchers can apply that same technique to ceramics using a modified 3D printer that handles ceramic slurries.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 16, 2019

New fuel cell catalysts, metal-free micromotors, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 16, 2019.

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Phase diagram provides unified map of glass response to strain

By Lisa McDonald / January 15, 2019

How does glass respond to strain? Researchers developed a phase diagram to understand the relationship between strain in glass and deformation behavior.

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Lower SOFC operation temperatures by smoothing grain boundaries

By Lisa McDonald / January 11, 2019

Solid oxide electrochemical cells offer a sustainable alternative to current fossil energy combustion technologies, if scientists can get them to operate well at lower temperatures. New research offers a step toward this goal.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Lisa McDonald / January 11, 2019

Nanoe announces new office in Ohio, Japan finds huge deposit of rare-earth minerals, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 11, 2019.

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Video: Microcapsules help concrete heal itself

By Lisa McDonald / January 9, 2019

Self-healing concrete can be made several ways. Researchers at University of Cambridge developed a method that involves mineral healing agents—delivered via microcapsules.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 9, 2019

“Lifetime” of graphene qubits, metal oxide sorts CO2 from CO, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 9, 2019.

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Reducing air pollution: Insulating ceramic rocket stoves

By Lisa McDonald / January 8, 2019

Decreasing amounts of household air pollution is a crucial step toward improving the health of people living in developing countries. One engineer’s insulating ceramic rocket stoves could help achieve this goal.

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