Electronics

Would 441 pounds satisfy your sapphire craving?

By / July 11, 2009

Rubicon Technology claims it has successfully grown the world’s largest Al2O3 crystal, a boule that weighs in at 200 kg (441 lb). The company says it plans to use the…

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Bismuth-telluride discovery brings spintronics devices closer

By / July 7, 2009

Researchers at the DOE’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University think they have a nifty new material that could unleash a new generation of spintronics applications, providing quicker and…

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Waterproof lithium-air batteries

By / July 6, 2009

A company based in Berkeley, Calif., is developing lightweight, high-energy, single-use batteries that can use the surrounding air as a cathode. PolyPlus is currently developing these lithium metal-air batteries for…

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Smart Grid funds closer to flowing

By / July 2, 2009

Back in April, Ceramic Tech Weekly reported that the Obama administration had plans to invest a little under $4 billion for Smart Grid projects, but was still trying to work…

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Video of the week – Joseph Miller on Global R&D and Innovation in Glass and Ceramics at Corning

By / July 1, 2009

This was the lead lecture at the PACRIM8 conference in Vancouver in June 2009. How often does a major company publicly explain and acknowledge its past mistakes, and reveal –…

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Polymer capacitors to match Li-ion batteries?

By / June 22, 2009

New developments give hope for producing capacitors with the same energy density performance as lithium-ion batteries. Researchers at Eamex Corp. of Osaka, Japan, announced that they have produced a solid…

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Fraunhofer making headway on transparent displays

By / June 11, 2009

A transparent laptop screen? A window as a video display? It’s long been a dream and occasionally an expensive prototype, but Fraunhofer researchers say their light-permeable conductive coatings could soon…

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Berkeley Lab group achieves tunable bandgap in graphene

By / June 10, 2009

(Abbreviations fixed – h/t to reader Bob Gottschall) The use of graphene as a full-function transistor is a step closer.  A team at the Berkeley National Lab led by Feng…

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BASF to make U.S./S. Korean team’s new high-energy, long-life cathode material

By / June 10, 2009

Back in April, the Argonne National Laboratory and Hanyang University in South Korea announced that their teamwork has resulted in a new cathode material that can provide high-energy and extend…

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Do you want cheese and seaweed with your AeroClay?

By RussJordan / June 7, 2009

The sustainability of a product often is found in applications not originally considered. A case in point is AeroClay, a product developed by Case Western Reserve University professor David Schiraldi. AeroClay…

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