Materials & Innovations

Materials Genome Initiative updates strategic plan

By Eileen De Guire / December 10, 2021

In November 2021, the National Science and Technology Council subcommittee marked the 10th anniversary of the Materials Genome Initiative by issuing a new, comprehensive five-year strategic plan for the MGI. Learn more about the new plan in today’s CTT.

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Cryomilling demonstrates potential to functionalize hexagonal boron nitride

By Lisa McDonald / December 7, 2021

Functionalizing hexagonal boron nitride is difficult due to bonding within the material’s structure. A group led by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University demonstrated the potential of cryomilling to functionalize hexagonal boron nitride through defect engineering.

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Materials for cleansing and beauty: A review on the use of calcium phosphates in cosmetics

By Lisa McDonald / November 30, 2021

There are many applications for calcium phosphate in the medical field. Recently, the cosmetics industry has taken an interest in this mineral family as well, and a new open-access paper reviews what the industry has used calcium phosphate for so far.

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3D fabrication of transparent optical ceramics by lithography-based digital projection

By Lisa McDonald / November 23, 2021

To meet the industry’s growing demand for customized manufacturing, researchers are increasingly interested in processing transparent ceramics using additive manufacturing. Guangran Zhang and Yiquan Wu of Alfred University demonstrated how highly transparent yttrium aluminum garnet ceramics could be fabricated via a lithography-based digital projection method.

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Game-changers: Ceramic and glass materials in sports, plus more inside December 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / November 19, 2021

The December 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an overview of ceramic and glass materials in sports—is now available online. Plus—new C&GM and ceramicSOURCE 2022.

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Speeding detection of disease—three groups present novel sensors for COVID-19 diagnosis

By Lisa McDonald / November 9, 2021

Barriers to commercialization are not stopping scientists from developing new and improved methods for rapid testing of COVID-19. In today’s CTT, we look at three recent studies furthering research in this area.

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Periodic improvements—new neural network demonstrates enhanced symmetry awareness

By Lisa McDonald / November 2, 2021

Current neural networks are incapable of understanding symmetry, which limits the conclusions that can be drawn from the data. Researchers from Lehigh and Stanford universities developed a new model that includes symmetry-aware features to improve symmetry approximation.

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Video: Do-it-yourself smart cane increases walking speed of users

By Lisa McDonald / October 27, 2021

A white cane is one of the most common mobility aids for people with visual impairments, but a limitation of these devices is they cannot detect obstacles beyond the length of the cane. Stanford University researchers developed a smart cane that is lightweight, affordable, and can be built at home.

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A ‘hole’ new approach to metalens design

By Lisa McDonald / October 22, 2021

Traditionally, metalenses use nanoscale arrays of columns or fin-like structures to focus light. In a new open-access paper, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences developed a metalens that uses very deep, very narrow holes instead.

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Carbon nanotubes improve toughness and functionality of oxide ceramic composites

By Jonathon Foreman / October 19, 2021

Recent articles on carbon nanotube-containing ceramic composites showed improved properties compared to the original ceramic composite. Two recent articles in ACerS journals demonstrate these improvements.

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