Video of the week: Linda Jones on high temperature oxidation and corrosion of ceramics and glass

By / April 21, 2010

[flash mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/linda_jones.jpg}] ACerS Fellow Linda Jones is the Hewlett Professor of Engineering at Smith College. Through much of her career, Jones has focused on how materials behave when exposed to oxygen and other gases under conditions of high temperatures and high levels of vibrations, such as might be found on the leading-edge surfaces…

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Video of the week: Jim Marra on using ceramic and glass materials to treat and stabilize nuclear and other hazardous wastes

By / April 14, 2010

Jim Marra, an advisory engineer in the Materials Science and Technology Directorate of the Savannah River National Lab, is an expert on using ceramic and glass materials to convert extremely dangerous Cold War era liquid nuclear wastes to a solid form that can last for thousands of years. Untreated wastes typically have been stored in…

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Glass and optical materials symposium discount ends April 16

By / April 12, 2010

Friday, April 16, is the last day to take advantage of the $100 early-registration for one of the top glass and optical materials conferences going on in the world in 2010. ACerS’ Glass & Optical Materials Division has organized a great program for May 16-20 in Corning, N.Y., that promises to cover all the best…

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Video of the week: Linda Pinckney on glass–ceramic applications

By / April 7, 2010

If you have a glass-top stove, you may have wondered why the rest of the glass stays cool when you have only one burner turned on. Linda Pinckney can explain why. Pinckney, an ACerS Fellow, has worked for Corning Inc. for more than 27 years in the field of glass–ceramic materials. Glass–ceramics combine the best…

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RavenBrick: Nifty, thrifty, nonelectric smart windows and smart walls

By / March 18, 2010

Last week I had a post about Sage Electrochromics and the company’s line of smart windows. But, there is another company, RavenBrick, that says it has a less expensive, film-based approach to smart glass: smart windows (and smart walls) that offer many of the same features without needing any of the wiring required by windows…

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Chicago’s Willis Tower: Postcards from The Ledge

By / March 17, 2010

I wrote about The Ledge in the Chicago’s Willis Tower when it first opened, and some of the science and technology that makes it possible. Now, I’ve been advised by my youngest daughter and her fianceé that while I am visiting this weekend they want an engagement photo to be taken of them in one…

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New glass applications and science journal debuts

By / March 16, 2010

The premier issue of ACerS’ new quarterly glass journal has just been put online and – good news – all of the content of this first issue is available for free! The International Journal of Applied Glass Science has been in development for over a year, and the demand for such a publication is the…

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Freedonia: Short-term hydrogen demand to grow 3.4%

By / March 10, 2010

The research company Freedonia Group predicts that worldwide hydrogen demand will continue to climb, growing at a 3.4 percent annual pace through 2013. Oftentimes the term “hydrogen economy” is associated with emerging energy and transportation technologies, but a new report from Freedonia, World Hydrogen, indicates the growth primarily is being driven by petroleum refining enterprises…

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Loan guarantee to Sage boosts commercial tintable glass

By / March 7, 2010

Until recently, Sage Electrochromics made electrically tintable windows on a relatively small scale. All that’s about to change. On Friday, the DOE announced that it would provide Sage with a $72 million loan guarantee to build a 250,000 sq. ft. plant in Faribault, Minn. The company’s SageGlass windows can turn from clear to opaque and…

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US glassmaking down, some pockets remain strong

By / March 3, 2010

According to recent press reports, large glass companies, such as Corning and Guardian Industries, claim that even as the economy improves, they are unlikely to bring domestic employment and production back of commodity-type glass products such as float glass to pre-recession levels. “Those who are looking through the rear-view mirror, waiting for the glass industry…

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