Lisa McDonald

Food inspires research: Jell-O catalyst and coffee-ring MOFs

By Lisa McDonald / January 4, 2019

While food inspires many people to try cooking new recipes, scientists of two studies used food as inspiration for their research. Find out how Jell-O led to a new hydrogen fuel catalyst, and learn how coffee rings inspired MOF-based biosensors.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Lisa McDonald / January 4, 2019

Malta forms new company outside of Alphabet, General Carbide Corp. and University of Pittsburgh research more effective use of tungsten carbide, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 4, 2019.

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Video: Speed of cracks in glass

By Lisa McDonald / January 2, 2019

How fast do cracks propagate in glass? Too fast for the naked eye! But with a speedy camera—and some colorful paint—watch cracks occur in slo-mo time.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 2, 2019

New perovskite efficiency record, 3D-printed transparent glass, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 2, 2019.

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Meetings, workshops, and archives galore—Say hello to 2019, ACerS style!

By Lisa McDonald / January 1, 2019

There’s a lot to look forward to at ACerS in 2019. From meetings, to short courses, to educational resources, ACerS has everything you need to increase your knowledge and expand your network of professional connections.

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Posts of (recent) yore: Lisa’s top 5 favorite Ceramic Tech Today posts from 2018

By Lisa McDonald / December 26, 2018

3D-printed housing communities, cutting ‘gummy’ metals, and the science of Stan Lee make Lisa’s list of top five favorite CTT posts from 2018.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / December 26, 2018

New crucible design, point defects in graphene, and other materials stories that may be of interest for December 26, 2018.

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Transparent ceramics: Stronger than Gorilla Glass

By Lisa McDonald / December 21, 2018

Jülich scientists created yttria-coated transparent zirconia ceramics that demonstrated fracture toughness values far higher than tempered glass. Their method is suitable for industrial mass production.

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Ceramic materials engineer a cleaner, safer world in Jan/Feb 2019 issue of ACerS Bulletin, now available online

By Lisa McDonald / December 20, 2018

The January/February 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring two articles looking at clean energy technologies, and the annual summary of National Science Foundation Ceramics Program awards—is now available online.

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Video: The voyage of Voyager 2

By Lisa McDonald / December 19, 2018

Voyager 2 reached interstellar space in November, six years after its twin, Voyager 1. Voyager 2 will use an instrument that broke on Voyager 1 to send new information about interstellar space.

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