Environment

Video: Pursuing carbon capture at the industrial scale

By Lisa McDonald / May 27, 2020

Carbon capture and storage is one method the global cement industry is investigating to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. An ongoing study in Norway could become the world’s first cement plant to use this technology at full scale.

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More than coffee cups—ceramic containers with advanced functionality

By Jonathon Foreman / May 19, 2020

Ceramic nanocontainers, known for their potential as drug carriers in medical applications, are being investigated in a variety of other fields as well. In two recent JACerS articles, George Kordas investigates the potential of ceramic nanocontainers in energy and anticorrosion applications.

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Water, water everywhere… Now to clean it up

By Jonathon Foreman / May 5, 2020

Making clean, drinkable water is not an easy process, and researchers are working diligently to simplify the process. Two articles published in ACerS journals demonstrate new developments in using ceramic materials as photocatalysts.

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Video: Earth Day at 50—how ceramic and glass materials help the environment

By Lisa McDonald / April 22, 2020

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Materials scientists have played a big role in helping the environment by developing new environmentally friendly materials, processes, and technologies. Check out some of the ways ceramic and glass materials have helped in recent years.

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3D-printed rocks improve understanding of fracture formation

By Lisa McDonald / April 21, 2020

The unpredictable nature of fracture formation in rocks makes it difficult to ensure reproducible measurements across different samples. Researchers at Purdue University 3D-printed gypsum rocks to overcome this problem and clearly investigate the effect of mineral fabric and layering on fracture formation.

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A ripe time for invention—new sensor could help prevent food waste

By Lisa McDonald / April 10, 2020

Food waste is a major problem in the United States. To combat this problem, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a sensor that monitors the plant hormone ethylene, which could reveal when fruits and vegetables are about to spoil.

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Could unraveling of the recycling cycle create new opportunities for glass?

By April Gocha / March 31, 2020

Recycling is currently a materials dead end—but what does that mean for other container materials? Glass could capitalize on the void left by discarded single-use plastics.

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Fibers from recycled beverage straws may make refractories processing safer and cheaper

By Lisa McDonald / March 13, 2020

Plastic straws cannot be recycled to make new straws, but that does not mean straws are nonrecyclable. Researchers in Brazil looked at turning straws into anti-spalling fibers for refractory castables.

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Moisture managed—atomic layer deposition offers advantages for preserving lumber

By Lisa McDonald / February 25, 2020

Pressure treatment is a method to prevent wood rot, but it does have its downsides. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology explored treating wood using atomic layer deposition and found they could manage moisture content, mold growth, and thermal conductivity.

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Corroding confidence—water threatens stability of vitrified nuclear waste

By Lisa McDonald / February 14, 2020

Vitrification, an established solution for nuclear waste disposal, is considered stable once the waste is turned into glass. New research led by The Ohio State University shows this stability could be threatened if water contacts the metal canister containing the glass.

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