Low-carbon cement technology heading from lab to market

By Lisa McDonald / March 24, 2023

The recent one-year anniversary of the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships is a reminder of the federal government’s commitment to take a larger role in supporting the transition of use-inspired research from the lab to the marketplace. Ideally this support will allow more university researchers to follow in the footsteps of Sublime Systems, a spinout from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that aims to commercialize a low-carbon cement technology.

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Video: World Water Day 2023—how ceramics and glass accelerate change to solve the water and sanitation crisis

By Lisa McDonald / March 22, 2023

This year’s World Water Day on March 22 focuses on accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Today’s CTT is a collection of articles from the past year that illustrate how ceramic and glass materials support this goal.

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Adsorption of complex pollutants: Designing hydrogarnets to remove humic substances from water

By Lisa McDonald / March 17, 2023

Humic substances are beneficial to agriculture, but they can aggravate pollution in water by interacting with disinfectants to produce toxic byproducts. Hydrogarnet has shown excellent potential as an adsorbent for humic substances, and researchers in Japan investigated the effects of heat treatments to control hydrogarnet composition and adsorption properties.

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Video: Chicago startup offers “close-looped” water vending service based on reusable glass bottles

By Lisa McDonald / March 1, 2023

Reliance on single-use packaging significantly contributes to plastic pollution. Chicago-based startup Kadeya designed a unique “closed-loop” water vending service based on reusable glass bottles that could help cut plastic waste in the vending sector.

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Sustainability in industry, plus more inside March 2023 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / February 16, 2023

The March 2023 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring sustainability in industry—is now available online. Plus—upcoming Bulletin digital evolution.

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Video: Giant Mine—a case study in mine remediation

By Lisa McDonald / February 8, 2023

Giant Mine is a closed gold mine located just north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Efforts are underway to remediate the site, including a study on the potential of vitrification as a permanent solution to the site’s toxic arsenic trioxide dust.

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Utilizing stored emissions: A review of molten salt electrochemical conversion to recycle carbon dioxide

By Lisa McDonald / February 3, 2023

Molten salt electrochemical conversion may offer an economic and relatively clean way to extract pure carbon products from stored carbon dioxide emissions. In a recently published open-access paper, researchers from the University of Science and Technology Beijing summarize the successes and challenges of this process.

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Video: Around-the-world boat race conducts science along the way

By Lisa McDonald / February 1, 2023

The Ocean Race is a boat race around the world, held every three or four years since 1973. Starting with the 2017–2018 race, the Ocean Race organizers and racing teams coordinate a science program in tandem with the race to gather data on the ocean.

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Video: Cleaning up our waterways—addressing the abandonment of fiberglass boats in Virginia

By Lisa McDonald / January 11, 2023

Abandoned fiberglass boats are a growing problem in the state of Virginia. As state officials contemplate the development of a state-run turn-in and disposal program, some residents are taking matters into their own hands by establishing local nonprofit disposal operations.

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Protecting peels from peeling: Nanoparticle spray reduces sunburn damage in pineapples

By Lisa McDonald / December 16, 2022

Sunburn in fruits and fruiting vegetables is a big concern for farmers because it affects the food’s marketability. Researchers in Brazil tested the potential of spray-on calcium carbonate nanoparticles to protect pineapples from sunburn.

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