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Finalists announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards

Finalists for the R&D 100 Awards were announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC. The R&D 100 Awards Banquet will take place December 5 in conjunction with the R&D 100 Conference.

Rare earths to be extracted at former Illinois coal mine

Toronto-based Avalon Advanced Materials signed a binding Letter of Intent with Coal Strategy Advisors to earn up to a 50% interest in the Will Scarlett rare earths recovery project, located near Marion, Illinois. Recent geochemical sampling at the closed coal mine site found elevated levels of rare earth elements and other metallic elements in mine waste.

Corning announces FDA approval of Valor Glass for packaging of marketed drug product

Corning Incorporated announced that a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer received FDA approval of Corning Valor Glass for use as a primary package for a marketed drug product. The approval makes Valor Glass the first and only fundamentally new glass composition approved by FDA since advent of borosilicate glass over 100 years ago.

Lithoz spin-off Incus to unveil lithography-based metal 3D printing at Formnext

Lithoz, an Austria-based company specializing in ceramic additive manufacturing, announced the formation of a new company: Incus GmbH. The new company, which will make its debut at Formnext 2019, will provide metal additive manufacturing solutions based on the stereolithography process.

NASA ISS national lab opportunity for materials research

The International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory announced a Request for Proposals focused on advanced materials, in support of research with translational or applied outcomes to improve life on Earth and/or enable development of profitable industry in low Earth orbit.

Superior Technical Ceramics wins Excellence Award from Raytheon

Vermont Business Magazine Superior Technical Ceramics, a St Albans-based global leader in delivering technical ceramics manufacturing solutions, was recognized by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems with their Three-Star Supplier Excellence Award.

USDA, DOE join forces to increase rural energy technology development and deployment

U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy announced a memorandum of understanding between the two departments to promote rural energy and the development of technologies that will support and advance rural and agricultural communities and domestic manufacturing.

Penn Chemistry receives grant to establish Center for Sustainable Separations of Metals

The University of Pennsylvania will establish the Center for Sustainable Separations of Metals after winning a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to focus on recovering and separating metals for environmental and economic sustainability.

Laurier joins the Novatech Group

The Novatech Group, manufacturer of steel entry doors, doorglass, patio doors, and insulated glass, and Laurier, manufacturer of glass products, announced that Laurier has joined Novatech. Laurier will now be known as Laurier Architectural.

Purify Fuel awarded first patent for its portfolio of rare earth oxidation catalysts

Purify Fuel, creator of nanO2 Combustion Catalysts, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for its patent application titled, “Fuel Additive Composition and Related Methods and Compositions.”

Huber Carbonates, LLC announces price increase for industrial ground calcium carbonate

Huber Carbonates, LLC, a subsidiary of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces a price increase for its industrial calcium carbonate products generally ranging from 4–7% and greater on certain specialty items, subject to any provisions in individual contracts. The increase is effective Jan. 1, 2020 (or as current price agreements expire).

U.S. drops in ranking of university research funding

The U.S. dropped its position relative to other countries in university research funding, according to a new report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, and now holds the 28th spot out of 39 countries, with just 0.2 percent of its gross domestic product dedicated to university research funding.

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