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Cathodoluminescent lamps: A clean and energy-efficient complement to LEDs

By Lisa McDonald / July 12, 2019

Cathodoluminescent lamps offer a clean and energy-efficient alternative to incandescents and compact fluorescent bulbs. Now, researchers have created cathodoluminescent lamps using specially-designed carbon fiber bundles.

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Video: Transparent aluminum—from Star Trek to (almost) reality

By Lisa McDonald / July 10, 2019

First introduced in the 1986 Star Trek movie “The Voyage Home”, transparent aluminum is now (almost) reality. Learn how researchers are using transparent aluminum compounds to produce lighter, thinner armor.

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Video: 3D print a diamond composite

By Lisa McDonald / June 19, 2019

Diamond, the hardest of the common naturally occurring substances, is almost impossible to form into complex shapes. Engineering company Sandvik developed a 3D printing process for diamond composites that makes complex shapes possible.

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Optical fibers provide new twist on traditional 3D printing process

By Lisa McDonald / June 7, 2019

Researchers from Notre Dame, Missouri S&T, and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory developed a fused filament fabrication method that uses optical fibers as a feedstock. Their method could help create devices ideal for optical applications.

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Breakthroughs with boron nitride could enable more efficient electronics

By April Gocha / June 4, 2019

Recent research may enable integration of boron nitride into next-gen electronics. Researchers have proven boron nitride’s high thermal conductivity and integrated the material into a flexible yet efficient nanocomposite.

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Color-tunable gallium nitride LEDs may light the future

By April Gocha / May 24, 2019

By controlling the emission states of europium ions in doped gallium nitride, scientists found they can emit various colors of light from a single LED.

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More advances in 3D-printed glass

By Lisa McDonald / May 10, 2019

Additive manufacturing of glass is still a ways from industrial capacity, but research in this field is gaining steam. Two recently published papers detail two ways to 3D print glass—laser powder bed fusion, and fused filament fabrication.

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Video: Create nacre in the lab—and maybe on the moon!

By Lisa McDonald / May 8, 2019

An international team of researchers developed a cost-effective and environmentally friendly method for creating nacre, which could be used in a wide range of applications, from biomedical implants to moon habitats.

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Until next year! Ceramics Expo 2019 premieres successful two-day format filled with learning, networking, and sales leads

By Lisa McDonald / May 3, 2019

Thousands of attendees flocked the I-X Center during Ceramics Expo on April 30 and May 1. Conference talks covered a wide variety of topics, and exhibitors made the most of their networking opportunities during the two-day exposition.

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Ceramics Expo 2019—New format, new exhibitors, more networking opportunities

By Lisa McDonald / May 1, 2019

Ceramics Expo 2019, featuring a new two-day format, officially kicked off on Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio. Attendees spent the day listening to numerous conference presentations and talking with exhibitors.

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