Thermal management

Ceramics in the semiconductor industry and more inside April 2018 ACerS Bulletin, now available online

By April Gocha / March 15, 2018

The April 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles about ceramics in the semiconductor industry, refractory firebricks for energy storage, high-temperature furnace coatings, ceramic proppant supply, and additive manufacturing at Ceramics Expo 2018—is now available online.

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Materials advances broaden prospects for ceramics in future fuel cells

By April Gocha / March 2, 2018

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a high-efficiency protonic ceramic fuel cell that operates at mid-range temperatures; and researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are harnessing the power of computation to identify better materials for solid oxide fuel cells.

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Fusion cast refractories for nuclear waste vitrification, plus much more, in March 2018 ACerS Bulletin

By April Gocha / February 15, 2018

The March 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring stories about fusion cast refractories for nuclear waste vitrification, the World Materials Research Institutes Forum, micromilling ceramic nanoparticulate materials, new NSF awards, and more—is now available online.

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Materials science advances could light up new LED technologies

By April Gocha / February 13, 2018

Residential LEDs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, but R&D challenges still exist for LED lighting. However, new materials research continues to push LED technologies further forward.

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Direct carbon fuel cell advancements result in cleaner, more efficient electricity

By Faye Oney / February 6, 2018

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have created a direct carbon fuel cell that operates more efficiently than other fuel cells. Their fuel cell operates at lower temperatures and has more power density than previous versions.

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Smart window technology uses magnetic nanoparticles suspended in fluid to control light, heat

By Faye Oney / February 2, 2018

Most current energy-saving window technology requires electricity to power the windows. But a research team has devised a fluidic window that uses magnetic nanoparticles to control the window to capture solar energy.

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Skiing on ceramics and technology-enhanced fashion—Materials science heats up athletic competition in Winter Olympics

By April Gocha / January 30, 2018

In addition to the incredible feats of human fitness and skill on display at the Olympics, there’s a lot of research and development that happens behind the scenes to make the games the to-the-finish-line competition that they are—including plenty of materials science.

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Tobermorite combines with white graphene to make heat- and radiation-resistant ceramic

By Faye Oney / January 26, 2018

Researchers have created a high-performance ceramic composite that is strong, durable, and resistant to heat and radiation. The findings could be useful in industries that require highly functional and durable ceramic materials—such as nuclear power plants, aerospace, and oil and gas industries.

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Aerobricks combine aerogel with brick to form energy-saving, super insulating building material

By April Gocha / January 23, 2018

Researchers at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed better insulating building materials called “Aerobricks”—bricks with internal cavities filled with aerogel granules.

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Video: Solidia Technologies cement cuts emissions and enables concrete that soaks up carbon dioxide too

By April Gocha / January 10, 2018

Solidia Technologies is founded on the concept of using eco-friendly processing techniques to drastically lower the carbon footprint of concrete—watch this video to see how the company makes its carbon-dioxide-absorbing concrete blocks.

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