Video of the week: Richard Brow on glass strength, phosphate glasses and the continuing allure of glass materials and applications

By / May 26, 2010

Richard Brow will tell you he likes everything about glass science, art and processing. Brow, an ACerS Fellow and Curator’s Professor of Ceramic Engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Mo., discusses his fascination with glass and delves into two specific areas: tapping into the theoretical strength of glass, and the special…

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Video of the week – Sandia’s Jose Zayas on Wind Energy: Background, opportunities and materials challenges

By / May 19, 2010

Wind energy expert Jose Zayas earlier this year gave a detailed presentation about the evolution, physics, siting considerations, commercial risks and current engineering challenges facing medium- and large-scale wind turbine efforts in the United States. This presentation occurred at the Materials Challenges for Alternative and Renewable Energy. Zayas, project manager for Sandia National Lab’s Wind…

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DOE awards $62M for concentrating solar power materials, systems R&D

By / May 14, 2010

The DOE has announced that it will be injecting $62 million over five years to 13 companies and institutions for a variety of concentrating solar power projects. The agency says this funding is aimed at making substantial improvements in CSP systems, components materials and materials for energy storage with an eye toward accelerating CSP projects…

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Samsung testing energy-scavenging nanopiezo touch screen prototypes

By / May 13, 2010

A computer touch screen that powers itself? It may only be five years until your iPad has this. Technology Review reports that Samsung and Sungkyunkwan University (Korea) have teamed up to develop an energy-scavenging touchscreen piezoelectric system that uses nanorods sandwiched between pieces of plastic film  coated with a graphene electrode layer to create a…

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Alfred opens glass, ceramic nanotechnology center

By / May 7, 2010

A new nanotechnology center with roots that extend to Alfred University and Corning Inc, has just opened in Alfred, N.Y. The NanoMaterials Innovation Center, a subsidiary of Alfred Technology Resources Inc., is a technology business incubator that will be focusing on nanoscale advanced materials and processing capabilities. An ATRI news release says the NMIC will…

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Glass fiber drawing technology to process carbon nanotubes

By / April 28, 2010

According to an ORNL press release, by adapting conventional glass fiber drawing technology to process carbon nanotubes into multichannel assemblies, researchers believe they have the potential to mimic the human nervous system. “Our goal is to use our discovery to mimic nature’s design using artificial sensors to effectively restore a person’s ability to sense objects…

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Video of the week: Prashant Kumta on nanoceramics for bone regeneration and protein transport

By / April 28, 2010

ACerS Fellow Prashant Kumta has been a pioneer in the use of nanoceramic materials for bone regeneration and to bind and transport proteins and protein-like substances into cells. Kumta, who teaches at both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of Engineering and Dental Medicine, discusses how his interest in bioglass and bioceramics…

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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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