Lisa McDonald

Fluorescing boron nitride nanotubes provide look at material’s motion in solution

By Lisa McDonald / June 5, 2020

Understanding how nanotubes move in solution is useful for both processing the material and for application in fluid environments, such as the body. Researchers at Rice University investigated how boron nitride nanotubes move in solution and found they behave like rigid rods, just like carbon nanotubes.

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Investigating historical artifacts with radiography, plus more inside June/July 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / June 4, 2020

The June/July 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring examination of cultural heritage objects with radiography—is now available online. Plus—annual student section and C&GM

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Video: Harvest solar energy from outer space

By Lisa McDonald / June 3, 2020

In their search for places to install PV infrastructure, solar companies have taken several creative approaches, including floating solar panels on reservoirs and co-locating them with crops. Space-based solar power is another concept studied since the 1970s, and this May, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory launched the first orbital experiment with space-based solar power.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / June 3, 2020

Viable sodium-ion battery, graphene quantum dots treat autoimmune disorders, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 3, 2020.

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Coordination polymer glass may provide solid support for PEM fuel cells

By Lisa McDonald / June 2, 2020

Fuel cells are an alternative to batteries to power electric vehicles. Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in particular are of high interest, and researchers in Japan have now developed a new glass material that could serve as an improved electrolyte in these cells.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week for June 1, 2020

By Lisa McDonald / June 1, 2020

NSG Pilkington site becomes fully decarbonized, Lucideon and PCL Ceramics join forces, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for June 1, 2020.

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Not just the edges—defects impart electrocatalytic properties to entire graphene surface

By Lisa McDonald / May 29, 2020

Defects in a material’s structure offer scientists a way to alter certain material properties. In a new study, three researchers in Russia investigate how different defects in graphene alter the material’s electron transfer kinetics.

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Video: Pursuing carbon capture at the industrial scale

By Lisa McDonald / May 27, 2020

Carbon capture and storage is one method the global cement industry is investigating to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. An ongoing study in Norway could become the world’s first cement plant to use this technology at full scale.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / May 27, 2020

Spreadable solid-state battery interlayer, why paste materials harden, and other materials stories that may be of interest for May 27, 2020.

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Exploring the mechanical behavior of MOF glasses

By Lisa McDonald / May 26, 2020

Metal-organic frameworks have immense potential in various applications but are difficult to synthesize in bulk. Fabricating MOFs in the glassy phase provides the necessary stability for bulk synthesis, and two new studies investigate the mechanical properties of these unique glasses.

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