ACerS Spotlight

Self-Healing Concrete

By / May 21, 2009

This is look at Victor Li’s latest innovation: self-healing concrete. This is  a form of concrete that forms many tiny cracks when overloaded instead of a few large ones, leading to a process in which the concrete effectively “heals” itself.

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Bendable Concrete

By / May 21, 2009

In mid-2005, University of Michigan professor Victor Li unveiled a fiber-reinforced bendable concrete.

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Interview with Rick Alexander from Zircoa

By / May 4, 2009

Interview with Rick Alexander from Zircoa on volunteering with ACerS.

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Interview with Ed Herderick, 2009-2010 Materials Societies Congressional Fellow

By / April 16, 2009

This is a brief interview with Ed Herderick, Ohio State University Ph.D. student and the 2009-2010 Materials Society Congressional Fellow.

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Putting a Wrapper on Nanotubes Increases Luminescence

By / April 9, 2009

A UConn team from the school’s Nanomaterials Optoelectronics Laboratory at the Institute of Materials Science has discovered a nifty way to increase the photoluminescence of single-walled carbon nanotubes by wrapping the tubes with a sleeve made from a Vitamin B2 analog.

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Individual Carbon Atoms in Motion

By / April 9, 2009

This video is no more, or less, than watching for the first time, in real-time, individual carbon atoms being knocked off the edges of a hole in a sheet of graphene while other atoms break and recreate bonds as they shift around in response, looking for the most stable position.

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Electrospinning

By / April 9, 2009

Some fuel cell makers are using platinum nanowires (as a low-cost fuel cell catalyst) made via electrospinning. This video stitches together an animation and several demonstrations of electrospinning tiny and nanoscale fibers.

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Improved Outer Tactical Vest

By / April 9, 2009

One of the most prevelant forms of ceramic armor currently in use by the United States military is the IOTV.

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Oobleck Explained, Sorta

By / April 9, 2009

The staff at Science Friday, gets two experts, University of Michigan’s Robert Deegan and University of Texas’ Harry Swinney, to unravel what is going on with dancing oobleck.

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Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source

By / April 9, 2009

ANL’s Advanced Photon Source facility is a national synchrotron X-ray research facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Science, and provides the “brightest x-ray beams in the Western Hemisphere to more than 5,000 scientists worldwide”.

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