The potential of pultrusion to produce shape memory polymer composites

By Lisa McDonald / October 15, 2021

The highly automated and continuous pultrusion process offers several benefits over traditional manufacturing processes. Researchers led by Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology explored the potential of pultrusion to produce shape memory polymer composites.

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Melting the unmeltable—new method extends the range of meltable MOF materials

By Lisa McDonald / October 12, 2021

Fabricating metal-organic frameworks in a glassy phase is a successful way to synthesize these materials for bulk production. However, some MOFs decompose before reaching the melting temperature and so cannot be turned into a glass. Researchers in Germany and the U.K. found a way to melt these unmeltable MOFs by adding ionic liquid to the compound.

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New wiki on ceramics processing—ready to join us?

By Lisa McDonald / September 21, 2021

To date, there are few textbooks that cover the topic of ceramic processing well. A new wiki initiated by ACerS members Olivier Guillon and Wolfgang Rheinheimer provides a platform for practical articles to help anybody working on ceramics to set up their lab.

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A ‘gentle’ process for aircraft machining—researchers explore shaping SiC/SiC composites via plasma etching

By Lisa McDonald / September 10, 2021

SiC/SiC composites are one of the main ceramic matrix composites being investigated for aerospace applications. Researchers from Germany and China explored the potential of shaping such composites using the “gentle” machining process of plasma etching.

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Fishy origins: Researchers derive calcium phosphate bioceramics from salmon fish bone wastes

By Lisa McDonald / September 7, 2021

Compared to other meats, fish remains a relatively underutilized waste source in rendering processes. An international team of researchers investigated the possibility of deriving calcium phosphate bioceramics from salmon fish bone wastes.

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To bilayers and beyond—researchers overcome the single-atomic-layer limit of borophene

By Lisa McDonald / August 31, 2021

Synthesizing multilayer borophene is difficult because of the tendency of boron atoms to cluster. Researchers at Northwestern and Rice Universities discovered they could synthesize bilayer borophene by growing it on a special silver substrate.

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Ashes to glasses—researchers turn coal and rice husk ashes into glass-ceramic materials

By Lisa McDonald / August 20, 2021

In Colombia, industrial wastes such as rice husk and coal ashes are disposed of in uncontrolled landfills, generating high environmental impact. Researchers in Colombia and Spain explored turning these ashes into glass-ceramic materials as a way to keep them out of landfills.

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Processing of high-performance materials, plus more inside September 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / August 19, 2021

The September 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring processing of high-performance materials—is now available online. Plus—ACerS Awards and C&GM.

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A guide to synthesizing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles

By Lisa McDonald / July 20, 2021

Magnetite (Fe3O4) and maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) are two types of iron oxide known for their magnetic properties. A new open-access paper summarizes the main synthesis protocols for obtaining these magnetic nanoparticles.

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Materials for 6G technology: Scientists refine synthesis of rare iron oxide phase

By Lisa McDonald / July 2, 2021

The epsilon phase of iron(III) oxide exhibits many desirable properties for application in 6G technology, but synthesizing the material is complex. Researchers in Russia refined a silica-based synthesis method that is reproducible, cheap, easily implemented, and only takes a day to perform.

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