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The August 2022 issue of ACerS Bulletin is now available online.

In this month’s issue, we look at the raw material supply chain from the very beginning. The cover story by author S. K. Sundaram contemplates when silicate glass first formed in the early universe.

An accompanying interview with RHI Magnesita chief technology officer Luis Bittencourt considers the materials of today and how we can improve sustainability of our supply chains. The “Business and Market View” column also touches on this theme in terms of the global electric vehicle battery reuse and recycling market. The “Deciphering the Discipline” column emphasizes the importance of correctly identifying factors affecting supply chains so as to better plan for the future.

The August issue features the annual United States Geological Survey Mineral Commodity Summaries. The section opens with a summary of the main trends discussed in this year’s 2022 report and is followed by a two-page table highlighting several salient statistics, including end use industries, global production trends, and leading producers. It is followed by a two-page infographic by IMFORMED that focuses specifically on refractory raw materials.

This volume of the ACerS Bulletin is being published during the United Nations International Year of Glass. A regular column highlighting the International Year appears in each issue, and the sixth column by Christine Heckle, Carol Jantzen, Denise M. Krol, and Kathleen A. Richardson provides a multigenerational perspective of women leaders within the U.S. glass community.

Finally, read a book review by John Mauro of a recent ACerS-Wiley publication, “Atomistic Simulations of Glasses.” Also check out a two-page preview of the upcoming Ceramics Expo 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio, so you know what to expect.

You’ll find a lot more interesting content inside this—and every issue—of the ACerS Bulletin. The current issue is free to all for a short time, but remember that all the valuable content in more than one hundred years of past issues of the ACerS Bulletin is free only to members—so considering joining us today!