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Materials & Innovations

Learn about future of materials research at National Academies decadal survey webinar

By Lisa McDonald / February 19, 2019

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is releasing its latest report, Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey, on Thursday, February 28. You can register to attend the report release webinar, taking place 4–5 p.m. EST.

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Optical fibers shake up earthquake monitoring systems

By Lisa McDonald / February 12, 2019

A team of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers showed “dark fibers,” unused fiber-optic cables that crisscross the United States underground, could be co-opted to serve as sensors in earthquake monitoring systems.

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Creating diamonds at room temperature from carbon nanofibers and nanotubes

By Lisa McDonald / February 5, 2019

North Carolina State University researchers successfully created diamonds at room temperature in 2015 using carbon thin films. Now, they accomplished the same feat using carbon nanofibers and nanotubes.

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Gain a winning smile with glass-ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / January 22, 2019

Glass-ceramic dental crowns offer better aesthetics than conventional ceramics, but are not as strong. Researchers in Sweden developed a glass-ceramic that is both aesthetic and strong.

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Video: Move over, polymers—3D-printed ceramic body armor has arrived

By Lisa McDonald / January 16, 2019

Polymers gain toughness when 3D-printed in certain geometries. Now, researchers can apply that same technique to ceramics using a modified 3D printer that handles ceramic slurries.

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Reducing air pollution: Insulating ceramic rocket stoves

By Lisa McDonald / January 8, 2019

Decreasing amounts of household air pollution is a crucial step toward improving the health of people living in developing countries. One engineer’s insulating ceramic rocket stoves could help achieve this goal.

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Food inspires research: Jell-O catalyst and coffee-ring MOFs

By Lisa McDonald / January 4, 2019

While food inspires many people to try cooking new recipes, scientists of two studies used food as inspiration for their research. Find out how Jell-O led to a new hydrogen fuel catalyst, and learn how coffee rings inspired MOF-based biosensors.

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Ceramic materials engineer a cleaner, safer world in Jan/Feb 2019 issue of ACerS Bulletin, now available online

By Lisa McDonald / December 20, 2018

The January/February 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring two articles looking at clean energy technologies, and the annual summary of National Science Foundation Ceramics Program awards—is now available online.

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Latest advances in wearable tech use graphene, silver nanowires

By Faye Oney / December 18, 2018

In two separate studies, researchers are experimenting with graphene and silver nanowires to create wearable technology. Their results could pave the way for clothing that monitors our health and reduces heating costs in buildings.

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The role of ceramics and glass in the $479 billion smartphone market, plus more inside December 2018 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / November 22, 2018

The December 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an in-depth analysis of the role of ceramics and glass in the smartphone market, in addition to the annual ceramicSOURCE 2019 reference and buyer’s resource directory—is now available online.

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