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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / August 9, 2011

Here’s what we’re hearing: Corning prepares to again produce missile nosecones They called them Falcon, Hawk, Tartar, Sidewinder, Sparrow and Svenska. They were missiles that used one of Corning Inc.’s most successful defense products of the 1950s and 1960s: glass-ceramic radomes. The radomes, made of Corning’s proprietary Pyroceram materials, were nosecones that allowed missiles in…

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NSF to leverage Materials Genome to reduce lab-to-product timeline; announces AIR awards

By Eileen De Guire / August 1, 2011

NSF programs supporting translational research represented along the linear innovation continuum, prior to the introduction of the AIR and new I-Corps programs (circa August 2010). Credit: NSF. Serving as midwife for the research to commercial transition is a familiar role for the National Science Foundation. In an earlier post, I discussed NSF’s new I-Corps initiation,…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / July 27, 2011

Here is what we are hearing: NexTech Materials receives ISO 9001:2008 certification NexTech has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization 9001:2008 certification for its Quality Management System.  Recognizing the quality needs of its clients, NexTech has voluntarily registered with ISO to provide independent assessment of our quality processes. Corning announces expansion of clean air…

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Get flexible: Georgia Tech group shows how to ‘draw’ nano-sized ferroelectric structures on plastic substrates

By / July 20, 2011

Georgia Tech researchers display samples of materials on which ferroelectric nanostructures have been fabricated by thermochemical nanolithography. Graduate research assistant Yaser Bastani (left) with silicon, assistant professor Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb with polyimide and postdoctoral fellow Suenne Kim with glass. (Credit: Gary Meek, Georgia Tech.) “We can directly create piezoelectric materials of the shape we want, where…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / July 12, 2011

Check ’em out: • New sensor to measure structural stresses can heal itself when broken • NC State to create video game adventure to boost science literacy • Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) is launching the tenth edition of Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design competition • Ivy-covered walls take on new power from the…

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Nonvolatile phase-change memory devices are three steps closer to reality

By Eileen De Guire / July 8, 2011

IBM Research chart compares memory technologies. Credit: IBM Research Two new studies serve as bookend demonstrations of the near-term potential for phase-change memory materials for use as nonvolatile data storage devices, and the long-term potential for these materials to change fundamentally what a computer memory is. A third study just out considers the efficiency of…

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Ceramics and glass business news this week

By / July 8, 2011

New JEOL large angle EDS. Credit: JEOL. Here’s what we are hearing: Horiba Scientific offers new instruments for partical analysis The new SZ-100 series instruments analyze key particle physical properties including size and zeta potential. In addition, it can be used to determine protein and polymer molecular weight, and second virial coefficient (A2). Particle size…

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The business of doing business in the ceramics industry

By Eileen De Guire / June 29, 2011

Participants from the 2010 Ceramic Leadership Summit. Credit: ACerS The Ceramic Leadership Summit is about business – and the unique aspects of doing business in the ceramics industry. ACerS president, Marina Pascucci says, “It’s not a conference of technical papers. Instead, every speaker is presenting information that can change the way you and I do…

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Ceramics and glass business news this week

By / June 28, 2011

Here is what we are hearing: Rubicon Technology Malaysian polishing facility earns key endorsements, begins volume production of large-diameter sapphire wafers The company’s new Malaysia facility recently completed qualification of its six-inch wafers by a key customer, and also successfully completed an ISO certification audit. Both of these milestones enable the Malaysia facility to move…

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R&D 100 winners to speak at Ceramic Leadership Summit

By Eileen De Guire / June 23, 2011

R&D 100 Award winners: George Wicks (left) and SRNL team members pictured with flame-former apparatus. Credit: ORNL and ACerS Bulletin. For the last 49 years, the science and engineering community has looked forward eagerly to the day the R&D Magazine editors release the new R&D 100 Awards. Yesterday was that day. It’s a little like…

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