Policy

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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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / March 19, 2013

Bio for nano: Engineers work to create new biomaterials with energy technology applications University of Delaware materials science professors Darrin Pochan and Kristi Kiick are taking a new approach to building new nanomaterials from biomolecules—namely peptides and proteins—that could increase the efficiency of photovoltaics, and other electronic devices. “Peptides and polypeptides offer unlimited potential in…

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Video: Wachsman on ‘Role of solid oxide fuel cells in a balanced energy strategy’

By / March 15, 2013

[flash http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/wachsman_sofc_policy.flv mode=1 f={image=http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/wachsman_sofc_policy.jpg}] Eric Wachsman been working with solid oxide fuel cells for nearly three decades and not just on the science and technology side. Wachsman also closely follows and writes on governmental policies insofar as these policies affect the development and deployment of SOFCs. In this video—an invited talk at the recent ICACC’13…

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NSF opens new contest—’Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge’

By Eileen De Guire / March 15, 2013

I Graduate students talk. NSF wants to listen. Were these students at the recent ICACC student mixer discussing ways to improve their career preparation, or were they just making dinner plans? If the former, they should know about the NSF contest, which includes cash prizes—enough to buy a lot of dinners. Credit: ACerS. Much ink…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / March 5, 2013

Here’s what we are reading about: Man-made material pushes the bounds of superconductivity A multi-university team of researchers has artificially engineered a unique multilayer material that could lead to breakthroughs in both superconductivity research and in real-world applications. The researchers can tailor the material, which seamlessly alternates between metal and oxide layers, to achieve extraordinary…

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White House calls for increased access to federally funded research results

By Eileen De Guire / March 1, 2013

The White House hopes to increase innovation in industry and manufacturing, in part, by making federally funded scientific research results easier to access. Here, President Barack Obama listens to Jeffrey Brower and Dwayne Moore explain the machining of the axle components made for Caterpillar’s large mining trucks during a tour of the Linamar Corp. auto-parts…

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Multidisciplinary approaches to materials discovery needed for MGI

By Eileen De Guire / February 26, 2013

Last week a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop addressed multidisciplinary approaches to the Materials Genome Initiative. From left: Gregory Rohrer, Abby Kavner, Young-Shin Jun, and Amy Walker. Credit: ACerS. Genome (noun; origin 1930s: blend of gene and chromosome): the complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism.   The Materials Genome…

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Billions in federal R&D ‘recovery’ monies still on the table in the US?

By Eileen De Guire / February 14, 2013

DOE’s Recovery Act project status as of Feb. 13, 2013. Over $6 billion is still unspent. Source: Recovery.gov. A few weeks ago, we wrote about how the European Commission had made a strategic decision support focused research on graphene to the tune of about €1 billion (~$1.35 billion). That’s a lot of money, and, as…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / February 12, 2013

Elsewhere on the materials front: Microscopic dendrites a focus in Boeing Dreamliner probe (Wall Street Journal) Aviation safety investigators are examining whether the formation of microscopic structures known as dendrites inside the Boeing Co. 787’s lithium-ion batteries played a role in twin incidents that prompted the fleet to be grounded nearly a month ago. The…

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Flowerpot like ceramic filters purify water for drinking, cooking

By Eileen De Guire / February 12, 2013

James Smith discusses PureMadi and MadiDrops—porous clay water purification systems—how they work and the hopes behind it. Credit: UVA, YouTube. Access to potable water is a priority of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and they address the issue through the Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation. In the Programme’s 2012 progress report…

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