Electronics

Ferroelectric focus at the Electronic Materials and Applications Conference

By Eileen De Guire / January 31, 2020

The 11th annual Electronic Materials and Applications Conference (EMA 2020) took place in Orlando on Jan. 22–24, 2020. Ferroelectricity was a big topic of discussion this year, in addition to various properties of complex oxides.

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Video: Incandescent light bulbs—the fading stalwarts of U.S. lighting

By Lisa McDonald / January 15, 2020

Since 2007, more energy-efficient lighting has been replacing incandescent light bulbs in preparation of federal standards set to become effective this year. The Trump administration rejected these standards last month, but incandescent bulbs still are on their way out.

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Quantifying potential—researchers close in on hafnia-based nonvolatile memory

By Lisa McDonald / January 3, 2020

Hafnium oxide-based ferroelectrics are promising materials for nonvolatile memory devices, as they are compatible with modern semiconductor technologies. Researchers led by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology came up with a unique method to better characterize these materials.

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A hundred years of ferroelectricity, plus more inside January/February 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / December 26, 2019

The January/February 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring the history and industry impact of ferroelectric materials—is now available online. Plus—NSF CAREER Ceramics Program decadal overview.

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Video: Uncovering the dark side of e-waste recycling

By Lisa McDonald / December 11, 2019

The Basel Action Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing pollution dumping in developing countries. Learn what it is doing to prevent recyclers from exporting electronics overseas and find out how its e-waste sting operation in 2015 revealed a shocking betrayal.

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Varistors: Armor for your circuits

By Jonathon Foreman / October 15, 2019

As armor protects the wearer from weapons, varistors protect electrical circuits from high voltage and high currents. Learn about some of the current research being conducted to improve varistor production and performance, published in two ACerS journals.

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Good enough for a Nobel—lithium-ion batteries are the focus of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry

By Lisa McDonald / October 11, 2019

On October 9, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to three scientists for their work to develop lithium-ion batteries. John Goodenough, a luminary in the field of solid-state physics, is one of this year’s winners—learn more about his history and current research.

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Boost the blue: Nanoparticles and 2D layers increase blue perovskite LED efficiency

By Lisa McDonald / September 10, 2019

Creating blue LEDs is challenging, especially when they are blue perovskite LEDs. Researchers in China, the United Kingdom, and the United States found mixing nanoparticles and quasi-2D layers can simplify the process and increase efficiency.

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Video: The right to repair in a Fair(phone) manner

By Lisa McDonald / September 4, 2019

The Right to Repair movement calls for manufacturers to give consumers the ability to repair their own devices. Fairphone, a social enterprise company, designs and produces smartphones that are easily repairable and have minimal environmental impact.

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Magnonics, an alternative to conventional electronics

By Lisa McDonald / September 3, 2019

Magnonics, an emerging field of magnetism, could provide an alternative method of data manipulation to silicon electronics. Researchers from universities in Russia, the Netherlands, and Germany developed a superconducting/ferromagnetic material for magnonic applications.

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