International

Unique science-art meeting next week in Arlington, VA

By / June 29, 2009

A few weeks ago, Ceramic Tech Weekly carried a story about new techniques for dating ceramic artifacts. Along these same lines, there is a fascinating-sounding meeting, “Chemistry and Materials Research at the Interface between Science and Art,” scheduled for July 6 – July 7 at the Hilton Hotel in Arlington, Va. Sponsored by the NSF…

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ACerS’ journals pack more punch

By / June 26, 2009

Admittedly, we are honking our own horn here, but allow us to brag a little bit about the growing influence of the two peer-reviewed journals of The American Ceramic Society. The new “Impact Factor” numbers are out and the Journal of the American Ceramic Society remains the highest impact journal in the field. The 2008…

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Bioglass from Concept to Clinic: A 40-year Retrospective

By / June 24, 2009

This ACerS video is a lecture by Larry Hench given at the PACRIM8 Conference in June 2009 in Vancouver. Hench has been at the forefront of the revolution that has occurred in the past four decades in the field of bioactive glass. First discovered in 1969, these materials provided the first alternative to bioinert materials.…

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Philippines launches 10-year nano initiative

By / June 18, 2009

The online version of the Philippines-based Inquirer newspaper reported yesterday that the nation is going to attempt to jump start itself into the nanotechnology business. The publication says that the Philippine’s Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development Council (DOST-PCASTRD) has developed a 10-year strategy to create a…

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Fraunhofer making headway on transparent displays

By / June 11, 2009

A transparent laptop screen? A window as a video display? It’s long been a dream and occasionally an expensive prototype, but Fraunhofer researchers say their light-permeable conductive coatings could soon make transparent displays commonplace and relatively inexpensive. While some of these display already exist (usually made by a lithographic method) the costs are enormous, but…

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New ACerS website adds Knowledge Center, tools, community and speed

By / June 10, 2009

The American Ceramic Society has launched its spanking-new website. The ACerS website has many visible and behind-the-scenes upgrades, and a number of brand new features that will enhance user experiences and provide valuable new resources for members and non-members. For example, you’ll find: A new “Knowledge Center” section that brings together collections of resources, including…

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BASF to make U.S./S. Korean team’s new high-energy, long-life cathode material

By / June 10, 2009

Back in April, the Argonne National Laboratory and Hanyang University in South Korea announced that their teamwork has resulted in a new cathode material that can provide high-energy and extend the life of lithium batteries. They said then that the new material as potentially playing an important role in future plug-in hybrid vehicles. Now BASF…

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Air-lithium battery in the works?

By / June 7, 2009

Using something of the same concept behind zinc-air batteries, a group of scientists in the UK have attained a proof-of-concept version of a lithium-air battery that they say could significantly increase a batteries energy capacity or decrease its bulkiness A story in New Scientist quotes St. Andrews University researcher Peter Bruce as saying, “The major…

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New method for dating ceramic materials

By / June 7, 2009

Carbon dating has been used for decades to provide accurate ages of ancient organic materials. Now archeologists have a similar – and fairly simple – technique for accurately dating heat-fired ceramic materials: rehydroxylation dating. The method exploits the ceramic property of chemically reacting with atmospheric moisture after firing. This reaction causes the material to very…

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ACerS launches new glass research journal

By / May 31, 2009

After nearly a year of behind-the-scenes planning, the American Ceramic Society just announced that it is launching a new journal on advanced glass research. This new peer-reviewed quarterly will be called the International Journal of Applied Glass Science. The journal’s debut is timely as new generations of glass and glass-related materials are increasingly being called…

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