Lisa McDonald

Weak concrete, heavy trucks—understanding reasons for sewer line failure

By Lisa McDonald / August 7, 2020

Numerous factors contribute to failure of concrete sewer pipes. Researchers at The Ohio State University used a surrogate model to identify which factors play the largest role in these failures, isolating critical areas for improvement.

Read More

Video: I “Spot” a new application—novel uses of robots during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Lisa McDonald / August 5, 2020

When Boston Dynamics premiered their dog-like robot Spot in September 2019, they imagined the robot being used in hazardous environments, such as construction and electric utility. Now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Spot has stepped into some unusual roles that previously were not considered primary applications.

Read More

Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / August 5, 2020

E-waste becomes protective coating for metal, new 3D printing technology, and other materials stories that may be of interest for August 5, 2020.

Read More

Trap-and-zap degradation: Photocatalysis techniques for destroying antibiotic resistant bacteria and genes

By Lisa McDonald / August 4, 2020

Antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes are an increasing concern in water contamination. Rice University researchers are exploring photocatalysis techniques to destroy antibiotic resistance genes, and two papers published this year explore “trap-and-zap” strategies.

Read More

Ceramic and glass business news of the week for August 3, 2020

By Lisa McDonald / August 3, 2020

UAE starts first nuclear reactor at controversial Barakah plant, NSG Group ramps up antiviral coating research, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for August 3, 2020.

Read More

A double-edged sword—reverse engineered 3D-printed parts show security risk presented by machine learning

By Lisa McDonald / July 31, 2020

Machine learning is poised to play a big role in speeding up materials discovery and commercialization—but could such techniques present a risk to the global additive manufacturing market as well? Researchers at New York University showed they could potentially steal trade secrets by reverse engineering 3D-printed parts using machine learning.

Read More

Video: Next-gen Gorilla Glass improves both scratch and drop resistance

By Lisa McDonald / July 29, 2020

Historically, Corning focused on improving drop resistance rather than scratch resistance when developing new Gorilla Glass. But Gorilla Glass Victus—the latest version announced last week—improves both resistances, with significant results.

Read More

Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / July 29, 2020

Graphene can act as a surfactant, laser inversion enables multi-materials 3D printing, and other materials stories that may be of interest for July 29, 2020.

Read More

Storing charge in sodium-ion batteries: Study supports “three-stage” model for hard carbon anodes

By Lisa McDonald / July 28, 2020

In developing sodium-ion batteries, hard carbon is the material most often used for the anode, but unknowns concerning the charge storage mechanism in this material hinder further development. Researchers have proposed several models to explain the charge storage mechanism, and a recent study lends support for the three-stage “adsorption-intercalation-adsorption” process.

Read More

Ceramic and glass business news of the week for July 27, 2020

By Lisa McDonald / July 27, 2020

Online technology platform to support UK energy transition, New York announces one of world’s largest procurements for renewable energy projects, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for July 27, 2020.

Read More