MS&T’11: Materials Genome Initiative special session scheduled

By / August 25, 2011

Credit: “Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness.” In a timely addition to the agenda, the organizers of the upcoming Materials Science & Technology 2011 conference have announced that the new national Materials Genome Initiative will be the focus of a special session at the meeting. The MGI session will take place Monday, Oct. 17, 2–3:30 p.m. The…

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One step forward, one step back for Molycorp-Hitachi rare earths relationship; Sumitomo deal stalled

By / August 18, 2011

I am still trying to figure out exactly what to make of this: Last week, Molycorp issued its quarterly report to investors, in which it both announced a “master supply agreement” to provide Hitachi with didymium alloy (a neodymium and praseodymium mix) and lanthanum oxide for magnet manufacturing, but also announced it had cut off talks…

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Video of the week: Stronger than steel—the evolution of glass

By / August 16, 2011

Credit: MSNBC; Corning Inc. The video below is a recent production of MSNBC’s Future of Technology series. It covers both familiar ground, such as the glass cubes that project out from Chicago’s Willis (nee Sears) Tower, Apple’s proposed new headquarters and Gorilla Glass, as well as some new territory regarding Corning’s unconfirmed plans to introduce…

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Medical device companies appeal to Congress and IRS to avoid excise tax in 2013

By Eileen De Guire / August 15, 2011

A bare-metal coronary stent. Credit: Frank C. Müller; Wikipedia Creative Commons license The 2010 Affordable Health Care Act includes a provision for a 2.3% excise tax to be levied against the revenues of medical device companies starting in 2013 regardless of whether the company generates a profit or not, which means companies could owe more…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / August 9, 2011

Here’s what we’re hearing: Corning prepares to again produce missile nosecones They called them Falcon, Hawk, Tartar, Sidewinder, Sparrow and Svenska. They were missiles that used one of Corning Inc.’s most successful defense products of the 1950s and 1960s: glass-ceramic radomes. The radomes, made of Corning’s proprietary Pyroceram materials, were nosecones that allowed missiles in…

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Ceradyne leader Joel Moskowitz opens up on acquisitions, ceramics business

By / August 8, 2011

Ceradyne head Joel Moskowitz uses a team approach to evaluating acquisitions for the company. Credit: Ceradyne. I first interviewed Ceradyne honcho Joel Moskowitz in 2009, and last week I ran into him again at the ACerS Ceramic Leadership Summit in Baltimore. There, the Ceradyne president and CEO mentioned that he had recently been interviewed by an…

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Improving MgO-containing castable refractories without excessive expansion

By Eileen De Guire / August 5, 2011

Refractory castables paddle mixer. Credit: Refractory and Applications Blog. Much of the research we report on can be compared to thoroughbred racehorses: it’s elegant, confident, stunning and promising. Now and then, though, it’s good (and maybe comforting) to take the time to learn about the research activities of the stalwart workhorses of the ceramics industry.…

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NSF to leverage Materials Genome to reduce lab-to-product timeline; announces AIR awards

By Eileen De Guire / August 1, 2011

NSF programs supporting translational research represented along the linear innovation continuum, prior to the introduction of the AIR and new I-Corps programs (circa August 2010). Credit: NSF. Serving as midwife for the research to commercial transition is a familiar role for the National Science Foundation. In an earlier post, I discussed NSF’s new I-Corps initiation,…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / August 1, 2011

Here is what we are hearing: Unifrax announces three more acquisitions Unifrax, the Niagara Falls, NY based manufacturer of ceramic fiber insulation products, announced today that it had acquired three leading North American vacuum forming businesses: Refractory Specialties Incorporated, Specialty Ceramics Incorporated and VacuForm Incorporated. The three businesses specialize in the development, manufacture and sale…

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Scrivener describes CO2 and SCM challenges for cements research

By / July 29, 2011

Karen Scrivener, right, received the Della Roy Lecture Award from Maria Juenger at the Cements Division meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: P. Wray, ACerS. At the recently concluded Advances in Cement-based Materials meeting organized by ACerS’ Cements Division and ACBM, Karen Scrivener of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) was selected by the organizers to deliver…

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