ACerS Spotlight

High-Temp Superconductivity Overview

By / April 9, 2009

Peter Johnson from the Brookhaven National lab explains the basics of high temperature superconductivity and why it can make a profound impact on energy usage and transmission. Yes – it ends somewhat abruptly.

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What Element Do You Want For Christmas?

By / April 9, 2009

This is from a series of really excellent videos about each of the elements in the periodic table.

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Prince Rupert’s Drops

By / April 9, 2009

A beloved classroom demonstration in materials science. The residual stress within the drop gives rise to unique properties that every demonstrator likes to demonstrate: The drop can be hammered on the fat end without breaking, but disintegrates explosively if the tail end is even slightly damaged.

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Better Place Electric Car Plan

By / April 9, 2009

The approach by the company (illustrated in this video) is interesting in that they will allow consumers to buy the miles that they will drive the cars while the cars themselves will be available for purchase at a reduced price like current cell phone plans.

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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

By / April 9, 2009

The scientist featured in this video is M. Saiful Islam from the Department of Chemistry, University of Bath (U.K.), who provides a overview on the operations of a solid oxide fuel cell and describes how his computer-based modeling techniques differ from lab-oriented approaches.

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Oodles of Oobleck

By / April 9, 2009

A classic experiment/weird experience in materials science, rheology, shear stress, strain rate, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics – and gooey fun: the Oobleck Run, AKA (with a great deal of hyperbole) “walking on water.”

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Nanotube Speakers

By / April 9, 2009

This video is about the novel use of carbon nanotubes as audio speakers.

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Aerogels

By / April 9, 2009

Aerogel is wispy, translucent, highly insulating material often described as “solid smoke.” It’s worth noting that aerogel is not a new material and may date back to the 1930s.

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Cracking Up Over Mugs: The Keramos 2008 Student Mug Drop

By / April 9, 2009

One tradition of The American Ceramic Society’s annual meetings and the coinciding MS&T conferences is the student mug drop competition, and this video shows some of the competition from 2008. Read More

ICE-T Ceramic Engineering Program at Hocking College (Ohio)

By / April 9, 2009

This is a good example of a student-made film about a materials program. This one is about the Industrial Ceramics Engineering Technology program at the college located in southern Ohio.

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