Video of the week – Making glass fiber for fiber-optic applications

By / May 28, 2009

Prepared by the “How It’s Made” group at the Discovery Channel, this video is an introductory look at the fundamentals of preparing, coating, drawing and annealing the thin threads of…

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Video of the week – PNNL’s Smart Charger Controller

By / May 20, 2009

Sticking with the week’s Smart Grid theme, this video demonstrates Pacific Northwest National Lab’s Smart Charger hardware and software system for optimizing the recharging, say, of a hybrid or all-electric…

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Concrete’s role as CO2 absorber may be underestimated

By / May 19, 2009

The new (June) issue of the Journal of Environmental Engineering is all about “Recent Developments in CO2 Emission Control Technology including lots of ceramic-related information. For example, there is an…

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Video of the week – Concentrated solar power

By / May 13, 2009

Just in time for the opening of Schott Solar’s new Albuquerque plant, where it plans on producing utility-scale concentrating solar power systems, here is a video that demonstrates the scale…

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Skyline comes out of hiding, unveils PV-concentrating plant

By / May 4, 2009

A new name in PV manufacturing, Skyline Solar, went public today with its business plans and demonstrations of its High Gain Solar arrays technology that it claims will bring the…

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Video of the week II – Self-healing concrete

By / April 30, 2009

Following on the heels of our first Video of the week, this is look at Victor Li’s latest innovation: self-healing concrete. Cement and Concrete Research is soon to publish a…

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Earth Day Ceramics Video Festival

By / April 22, 2009

Hey – it’s Video of the Week Day (Wednesday) and Earth Day. What a great excuse for a video festival. The easy thing would have been to go for videos…

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Interview with Ed Herderick, 2009-2010 Materials Societies’ Congressional Fellow

By / April 15, 2009

We present an interview with Ed Herderick, the 2009-2010 Materials Societies Congressional Fellow and occasional contributor to this blog. ACerS, along with The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and the…

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Individual Carbon Atoms in Motion

By / April 9, 2009

This video is no more, or less, than watching for the first time, in real-time, individual carbon atoms being knocked off the edges of a hole in a sheet of graphene while other atoms break and recreate bonds as they shift around in response, looking for the most stable position.

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Video of the week – Putting a wrapper on nanotubes increases luminescence

By / April 8, 2009

A team from UConn’s Nanomaterials Optoelectronics Lab at the Institute of Materials Science has discovered a nifty way to increase the photoluminescence of single-walled carbon nanotubes by wrapping the tubes…

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