Policy

Reform of DOE National Lab structure proposed

By Jim Destefani / July 15, 2013

The Department of Energy’s network of 17 national laboratories and five related facilities has been responsible for a multitude of materials science and other innovations since World War II. Now Washington think tanks, Congressional leaders, and the new Secretary of Energy are beginning to look at how possible reforms to the labs’ structure and management…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / July 2, 2013

Sound waves precisely position nanowires Researchers at Penn State University are using sound waves to position nanowires in repeatable patterns for potential use in a variety of sensors, optoelectronics and nanoscale circuits. The researchers looked at the placement of metallic nanowires in solution on a piezoelectric substrate, applying an alternating current to the substrate to…

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New projects worth millions announced on Materials Genome Initiative second anniversary

By Eileen De Guire / June 25, 2013

The Materials Genome Initiative aspires to reduce by half the time from materials discovery to manufacture. Credit: MGI; OSTP.    The Materials Genome Initiative turned two yesterday, and the White House celebrated the birthday by announcing a flurry of new projects that involve sizeable investments from 20 or so collaborators. According to a fact sheet (pdf)…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / April 23, 2013

How energy harvesting tech could power wearables and the internet of things (GigaOm) It’s all very well talking about the evolution of wearable computing and the internet of things, but something has to power these thin and/or tiny devices. For that reason, it’s a good thing that so many ideas are popping up in the…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / April 19, 2013

Onyx: A brand new colorful source of energy Onyx Solar has rolled out a complete new full range of colored photovoltaic glass. The new product, which allows any sustainable project to configure a customized design in any color (or combination of colors) while generating clean and free energy. The wide range of tones and colors…

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Students visit Washington, D.C., for Congressional Visits Day

By Eileen De Guire / April 15, 2013

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Erin Donohue at MA’s “Congressional Visits Day” last week. Donohue is a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Carlos Levis‘s group studying thermal barrier coatings. Credit: ACerS. Last week the Material Advantage Student Program delegation took their annual trip to Washington, DC, to promote materials science, research, and higher education…

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NSF-sponsored workshop on SOFC slated for July; participants sought

By Eileen De Guire / April 5, 2013

A workshop in July will consider the promise, progress, and funding priorities of solid oxide fuel cell technology. Credit: NETL. The National Science Foundation uses workshops as a mechanism to bring together the nation’s best minds and research leaders to wrap a scientific community’s collective mind around complex issues. These workshops are not advisory. As…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / April 2, 2013

Strategic Materials Advisory Council cautions DOD against stockpiling Chinese rare earths The Strategic Materials Advisory Council has cautioned the Department of Defense to avoid the risky mitigation strategy of stockpiling strategic and critical materials from China. The DOD recently completed its biannual “Strategic and Critical Materials 2013 Report on Stockpile Requirements,” which recommended stockpiling $120.43…

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Argentina sets ambitious science investment target, brain-drain reversal agenda

By Eileen De Guire / March 26, 2013

Official video (in Spanish only) on new “Innovative Argentina 2020. Credit: Ministry of Science. I am someone who thinks people in the United States pay far too little attention and give far too little credit to what goes on in Central and South America. For that reason, I try to follow some of the larger…

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China defends rare earth stance; smuggling exceeding legal exports

By Eileen De Guire / March 25, 2013

Satellite photo of China’s Bayan Obo Mining District. Credit: NASA; Wikipedia. A few days ago—at the European Raw Materials Conference—China’s Zhang Lirong reiterated his nation’s position that despite WTO actions, restrictions, which his country has been placing on rare earth-related exports, are largely the result of concerns about the environmental effects of mining and refining these materials.…

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