Lisa McDonald

Meet ceramic scientists and engineers in ACerS upcoming podcast

By Lisa McDonald / April 14, 2020

Ceramic scientists and engineers are all around us—now is your chance to meet them. ACerS new podcast, Ceramic Tech Chat, will premiere May 13, 2020. Find out what to expect in its first season.

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

By Lisa McDonald / April 13, 2020

European soft drinks industry joins “Close the Glass Loop,” American Elements granting needs-based pricing, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for April 13, 2020.

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A ripe time for invention—new sensor could help prevent food waste

By Lisa McDonald / April 10, 2020

Food waste is a major problem in the United States. To combat this problem, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a sensor that monitors the plant hormone ethylene, which could reveal when fruits and vegetables are about to spoil.

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Video: Record production made easy

By Lisa McDonald / April 8, 2020

Unlike CDs and tapes, you cannot easily create a vinyl record at home. A new Japanese machine—the Easy Record Maker—looks to change that.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / April 8, 2020

Stronger concrete with “sewage-enhanced” steel slag, hollow-core optical fiber closes in on solid-core, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 8, 2020.

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Peeking at the past—Bricks used to characterize past presence of radioactive materials

By Lisa McDonald / April 7, 2020

For successful nuclear nonproliferation initiatives, authorities must be able to detect and characterize radioactive sources—but how can they do so if the radioactive material was removed before they arrived? Researchers at North Carolina State University developed a technique that allows retrospective characterization of radioactive sources.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week for April 6, 2020

By Lisa McDonald / April 6, 2020

GCL System to build $2.54bn solar panel manufacturing plant, Tile of Spain remains active, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for April 6, 2020.

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Developing a Nobel technology: A review of lithium-ion battery cathode chemistry

By Lisa McDonald / April 3, 2020

In 2019, three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. A recent review article by ACerS Fellow Arumugam Manthiram traces the work done by John Goodenough’s group on oxide cathodes.

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Video: Coronavirus exposes the digital divide

By Lisa McDonald / April 1, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus in the United States has thrown into sharp focus the problem of digital divide—unequal access to information and communication technologies. Although recent federal and local initiatives have worked to close this divide, there is still much work to be done.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / April 1, 2020

Crumpled graphene makes ultra-sensitive cancer DNA detector, superconductivity in meteorites, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 1, 2020.

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