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SRNL’s John Marra to address advanced materials lessons from Fukushima nuclear accident

By / May 6, 2011

Marra The ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division is holding its annual meeting May 15-19 in Savannah, Ga., and I just learned that nuclear energy materials expert John Marra has agreed to do a special and timely presentation about Japan’s nuclear power accident at the conference dinner May 17. Marra, the chief research officer of…

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Videos of the week: Successful wound healing with borate glass nanofibers

By / April 28, 2011

[flash https://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/mo-sci_glass_fibers.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/mo-sci_glass_fibers.jpg}] [flash https://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/mo-sci_wound_nurse.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/mo-sci_wound_nurse.jpg}] As reported on in the just-published May issue of the Bulletin of The American Ceramic Society, the Mo-Sci Corporation recently announced its development of a novel and inexpensive wound care pad — composed of borate glass nanofibers — that helped speed the healing of venous stasis ulcers…

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NIST news on glass transition, double graphene layers, magnet shape effects, new manufacturing blog and favored PV technologies

By / April 28, 2011

NIST measurements show that interactions of the graphene layers with the insulating substrate material causes electrons (red, down arrow) and electron holes (blue, up arrow) to collect in “puddles”. The differing charge densities creates the random pattern of alternating dipoles and electron band gaps that vary across the layers. Credit: NIST NIST’s latest Tech Beat…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / April 22, 2011

Check ’em out: Toyota Announces finalists in ‘Ideas For Good’ challenge ‘Solar group buy’ program launched in California Novel bulk metallic glass nanowires boost fuel cell efficiency NC State researchers develop material to remove radioactive contaminants from drinking water Fiber-optic laser-based system brings rifle sights into the 21st century

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Advanced materials opportunity: ARPA-E offers new $130M round of high-risk, high-reward funding

By / April 20, 2011

One of the projects ARPA-E is seeking to fund are alternatives to five key at-risk rare earth elements. Credit: DOE, “Critical Materials Strategy.” The DOE announced today that it is adding five new technology programs to the ARPA-E portfolio and is ponying-up $130 million to kick these new programs off. This is good news. Now…

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OSU says two advanced-engineered ceramic coatings provide better resistance to volcanic ash

By / April 15, 2011

Photograph of the Eyjafjallajökull ash cloud. OSU researchers have discovered that a new class of ceramic coatings could offer jet engines special protection against volcanic ash damage in the future. Credit: Peter Greenfield, OSU. On the anniversary of the the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, it is interesting to report that a group of researchers at…

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New class of optical fiber developed at Penn State; ZnSe waveguide cores open infrared spectrum

By Eileen De Guire / March 16, 2011

a) Schematic of the HPCVD process, where a high pressure precursor mixture is configured to flow into a capillary (left). When the capillary is heated, well-developed annular films are deposited. Unreacted precursors, carrier gas, and reaction byproducts are carried out of the fiber (right). b) Diascopically illuminated optical micrograph from the side showing the transparent,…

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Video of the week: Corning’s ‘A Day Made of Glass’

By / March 15, 2011

(h/t to KB) Corning recently published a video, “A Day Made of Glass,” which the company says is its vision for the future with specialty glass. It’s an interesting video that has already racked up 9,000,000 views in just one month. However, I suspect we actually don’t really see much of Corning’s vision that really…

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InnovationTrail lets Morning Edition listeners wake up to Gorilla Glass

By / March 14, 2011

Credit: Corning Inc. My local NPR station’s broadcast of its Morning Edition show today carried a story (audio and print) about Corning’s Gorilla Glass. I’ve covered Gorilla Glass quite a bit in the past (and I’ve had the pleasure of introducing one of the GG’s engineering heads during the presentation of the ACerS Corporate Technical…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / February 25, 2011

Worth a look: ‘Rechargeable’ anti-microbial surfaces boost food safety A University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientist is developing a way to improve food safety by adding a thin anti-microbial layer to food-handling surfaces. Only tens of nanometers thick, it chemically “re-charges” its germ-killing powers every time it’s rinsed with common household bleach. Overview of NIST’s…

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