MS&T’09 abstracts deadline extended

By / March 16, 2009

Organizers have announced that, due to high demand, the submission deadline for Materials Science & Technology 2009 Conference & Exhibition, slated for Oct. 25-29 in Pittsburgh, has been extended to March 31. MS&T is the leading forum in the United States addressing structure, properties, processing and performance across the materials community. Potential presenters are asked…

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Advance ceramics to grow at 4% pace in U.S.?

By / March 11, 2009

That’s the growth rate predicted in a just-released report by a Indian research firm, Bharat Book Bureau. The report also says that sales will reach $12 billion by 2012, with advanced ceramics benefiting from significant expansion in electronics (such as capacitors), cutting tools, joint implants and membranes. 3B asserts that opportunities in electronics grow as…

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AFS Trinity’s extreme hybrid: marriage of Li-ion battery and ultracapacitors

By / March 9, 2009

AFS Trinity is set to demonstrate 150 mpg SUVs today using a system that is optimized for 40-mile-range usage, tolerant of heavy-duty power cycling and, they claim, ready for mass production. Says company CEO Edward W. Furia: “Each of the XH150S SUVs being driven in San Francisco today is a prototype of a mass-producible family-sized…

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Quant: One large, rolling solar panel?

By / March 6, 2009

Swedish car maker Koenigsegg just unveiled its Quant electric car at the Geneva Motor Show. The company says the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds, has room for four adults and can be charged from either an electrical outlet or by the sun. The solar power reported comes from a thin…

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Video of the week: Piezo precision motion devices

By / March 4, 2009

This week’s video is a demonstration-“tutorial” about one type of application of piezoelectric technology: a piezo-driven motion system developed by NanoMotion, a Israel-based division of Johnson Electric. This video is produced by “Minarik University,” the educational wing of Minarik, a distributor of electronic and electrical equipment. It demonstrates how piezo ultrasonic ceramic motors can provide…

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Need research funding? Apply to NIST!

By / March 4, 2009

Does your research project need funding? Money may be available through the 2009 Technology Innovation Program, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST invites you to submit a “white paper” pitching your project.  Here’s how: Who is eligible? Small- or medium-sized businesses or joint ventures involving a private-sector firm coupled with an…

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Yale ‘shapes’ up nanomanufacturing with bulk metallic glass

By / March 3, 2009

  Yale engineers are “shaping” the future of nanodevice manufacturing by developing nanoscale molds made from amorphous metals – a.k.a. bulk metallic glasses. Opening the door to mass nanofabrication processes, their work may also enable higher-density computer chips, faster microprocessors, better biosensors and more. Research is led by Jan Schroers, a professor of mechanical engineering…

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DOE’s Chu to unveil plans to modernize electricity grid Wednesday (update II)

By / February 19, 2009

Pay attention to this: Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2009 DOE-NARUC National Electricity Forum. In the address, Secretary Chu will outline the Administration’s commitment to modernizing the nation’s electricity distribution system through a “Smart Grid” that will create new jobs, save consumers money,…

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Video of the week: Freescale delivers big power from small solar cells

By / February 18, 2009

Via CNET’s Green Tech blog, we bring you a video about some nifty power conversion technology for photovoltaic applications that Freescale Semiconductor unveiled this week at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition. This is about high efficiency, ultra-low-voltage DC-to-DC converter technology. It enables IC startup thresholds to be reduced to 0.32 V (ICs typically can’t…

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Video(s) of the week: ACerS award lectures

By / February 13, 2009

The American Ceramic Society has now posted videos of four lectures presented last October as part of the Society’s annual meeting. Each of the lectures is approximately one-hour in length and presented in a “YouTube” level of quality to provide the most ease in viewing. Each of the lectures is presented by a luminary in…

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