Novel processing technique enhances toughness of high boron steel

By Lisa McDonald / May 7, 2021

Boron can enhance mechanical properties of steel, but too much boron will segregate from the steel and negate these benefits. Researchers led by Wuhan University of Science and Technology looked to enhance the toughness of high boron steel using a novel processing technique called quenching and partitioning.

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Advancing in-situ measurements during glass production

By Jonathon Foreman / April 9, 2021

Measurement of a glass before, during, and after production are critical for ensuring its processability and properties necessary for end-use application. Two recent articles in the International Journal of Applied Glass Science investigate new in-situ methods for measuring fluorine and bubbles, respectively.

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Designing better ballistic materials: Reduced processing costs, higher toughness, and microstructural cues

By Jonathon Foreman / March 23, 2021

Designing better ballistic materials is more than a matter of finding the optimal combination of material properties—a deep understanding of the microstructure–damage relationships is required as well. A number of recent articles published in ACerS journals look to improve processing methods for fabricating dense, resilient ceramic components.

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Additive manufacturing drives future of ceramic industry, plus more inside April 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / March 18, 2021

The April 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles on additive manufacturing techniques and potential—is now available online. Plus—new C&GM.

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High-quality graphene from ultrafast, low-cost plasma spray

By Lisa McDonald / February 26, 2021

Current methods of graphene production face tradeoffs among speed, cost, and material quality. Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Patna propose a new method based on plasma spraying that may offer the best outcome for all of these factors.

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Bettering tungsten supply: Effects of ceramic and cast-iron grinding media on scheelite flotation

By Lisa McDonald / February 9, 2021

Scheelite is one of the main minerals mined commercially as a source of tungsten. Researchers at Wuhan University of Science and Technology in China investigated the effects of different grinding media on flotation, which is a method for extracting tungsten from scheelite.

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Fab-bow-lous synthesis: Researchers grow graphene nanoribbons for lower cost at higher yield

By Lisa McDonald / January 19, 2021

Graphene nanoribbons are a family of carbon allotropes that exhibit semiconducting properties promising for electronic applications. However, the conventional bottom-up synthesis method for graphene nanoribbons is a costly and low-yield process. Researchers led by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology developed an alternative method that is higher yield and lower cost.

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A new fabrication method takes root—researchers grow carbon nanotube forest of record length

By Lisa McDonald / November 20, 2020

Carbon nanotubes demonstrate much higher tensile strength than carbon fibers, but growing nanotubes in bulk while retaining this property is an obstacle that limits their commercial applications. Researchers in Japan developed a new fabrication method that could overcome the challenge of growing nanotubes in bulk.

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A gain in understanding: Researchers investigate the influence of processing parameters on ceramic oxides for laser applications

By Lisa McDonald / November 10, 2020

Transparent ceramics serve as the gain medium in many commercial lasers, yet the push to develop new and improved ceramics for this application continues. In two papers published this year, an international team of researchers investigates the influence of different processing parameters on the properties of nanocomposite yttrium magnesium oxide ceramics.

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Small-scale patterning: Thermal scanning probe lithography allows precise nanocutting of 2D materials

By Lisa McDonald / October 6, 2020

Common lithographic techniques used to etch patterns onto a surface run into difficulties when cutting 2D materials. Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne developed a thermal scanning probe lithography method that can cut the smallest reported feature for a direct cutting method to date.

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