Materials & Innovations

Thin film energy market to reach $3.9 billion by 2013

By / September 5, 2008

According to a new report from BCC Research the global market for thin film in energy applications is expected to increase from $1.1 billion in 2007 to $1.4 billion in…

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Concrete solutions to pollution

By / September 5, 2008

Every year, concrete accounts for more than five percent of human-created, pollution-causing carbon dioxide emissions, reports Technology Review, an online news source published by MIT. Most of these emissions are…

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Video of the Week: Manufacturing flat (float) glass

By / September 5, 2008

This week’s video comes courtesy of PPG. It demonstrates modern techniques of making large sheets of flat glass that has a smooth surface – something that perplexed glass-makers for centuries.…

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New ceramic material speeds microwaving, uses less energy

By / September 5, 2008

Dishes and cookware made from a newly developed ceramic material may soon enable faster and more energy-efficient microwaving, according to Sridhar Komarneni, a professor of clay mineralogy at Penn State University.…

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Latest hydrogen catalyst: Calcium-Cerium Oxide

By / September 5, 2008

It seems like there is a breakthrough a week in the realm of lower-cost catalysts for producing hydrogen. The latest news comes from Ohio State University, where researchers are using…

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Graphene memory possible?

By / August 26, 2008

Writers at the IEEE Spectrum report that molecule-size memory may be possible using graphene. Electrons flow extremely fast in graphene, much faster than in silicon, and a graphene transistor could…

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Video of the Week: More about Nocera’s electrolysis catalyst

By / August 26, 2008

In a previous edition of Ceramic Tech Weekly, we posted information and a brief video about MIT researcher Daniel Nocera and his apparently successful efforts to cut down on the…

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From the ashes of the old: Reclaimed uranium

By / August 25, 2008

A researcher at the University of Idaho has penned an agreement with a leading nuclear power company to launch a new type of recycling plant that can harvest uranium and…

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New “skin” to provide more human touch

By / August 24, 2008

Science Magazine has published research suggesting that Japanese scientists have developed a composite skin that is both stretchable and able to conduct electricity, leading researchers at the University of Tokyo…

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Catalyst discovery unlocks low-cost solar storage

By / August 18, 2008

MIT researchers have discovered a fairly cheap and easy way to store solar power so it can be utilized when the sun is not shining – a development they claim will make solar power a mainstream energy source within the next decade.

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