Characterization

ACerS launches new glass research journal

By / May 31, 2009

After nearly a year of behind-the-scenes planning, the American Ceramic Society just announced that it is launching a new journal on advanced glass research. This new peer-reviewed quarterly will be called the International Journal of Applied Glass Science. The journal’s debut is timely as new generations of glass and glass-related materials are increasingly being called…

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71 university-based nuclear projects get DOE funding

By / May 14, 2009

The DOE says it is going to be shipping off $44 million over the next three years to 31 schools for 71 nuclear energy R&D projects. The funding is coming under the auspices of DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program. The goal, of course, is to figure out a way to improve the use of nuclear…

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Sporian snags AF contract for high-temp sensor

By / May 1, 2009

The Air Force has awarded MEMS sensor maker Sporian Microsystems a contract to conduct research using the firm’s “polymer derived ceramic as a non-planar, conformal, thin film, high temperature sensor.” The AF wants a sensor system that can monitor the temperature and strain in aircraft turbines. Temperatures in these critical materials often are well in…

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Heat transfer and bond strength of materials linked

By RussJordan / May 1, 2009

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute believe that the speed at which heat moves between two materials that touch one another indicates the strength of the bond between them. Moreover, they believe that flow of heat from one material to the other – in their case, between one solid and one liquid – can be altered…

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$93 million to wind energy; $100 million to NREL facilities

By / April 29, 2009

The Obama administration continues to put money where its mouth is regarding energy innovation. And, they are doing it in a way that should prick up the ears of ceramic, glass and other advanced materials researchers and industry leaders. DOE Secretary Chu today went to Golden to announce the allocation of nearly $200 million in…

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NIST releases some details and timing on grid standards

By / April 21, 2009

Apropos to the announcement about DOE moving forward with funding for Smart Grid projects, NIST has unveiled a three-step approach for developing standards for such a grid. Although the DOE is the main organizer and funding source for grid-related projects, NIST has been charged with shepherding the standards that will underpin the next-generation national power…

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DOE jumps into smart grid tech with $4 billion and a call for standards

By / April 21, 2009

The Obama administration seems to have decided to let others share some of the Department of Energy’s glory and let Vice President Joe Biden and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke make the official announcement that DOE is preparing to release funds to develop the “Smart Grid.” Biden and Locke said the DOE is moving to quickly…

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Nanowire dopant know-how

By / April 15, 2009

According to a paper published in a recent issue of Nature Nanotechnology, two researchers at Northwestern University are using atom probe tomography to do precise atom-by-atom measurements of dopants in nanowires and, likewise, use the information to build new nanowire models and better predict their electronic properties. Lincoln Lauhon, assistant professor of materials science and…

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A step closer to automated blade inspections

By / April 10, 2009

German researchers soon will be demonstrating a new method to test the integrity of laminates such as those used in wind turbine blades. The group, from Fraunhofer’s Wilhelm Klauditz Institute, says their infrared method is a cost-effective way of using thermography to check for defects such as trapped air. The concern, of course, is identifying…

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Video of the week – The sight of individual carbon atoms in motion

By / April 1, 2009

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/moving_carbon_atoms.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/moving_carbon_atoms.jpg}] This is a brief video. Maybe I am overwhelmed by this because of my chemistry background, but in my opinion, this video documents what truly should be “wow”-level historical type of moment in material-related sciences. As the folks at the Lawrence Berkeley Nation Lab note, this is equivalent to the first…

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