Ceramic Tech Today

Reducing the need for trial and error—systematic selection of inorganic binders for refractories

By Lisa McDonald / September 17, 2021

The binder used in refractory production requires careful consideration because it can influence the refractory’s final mechanical and chemical properties. Researchers in Germany advanced a selective and systematic method for choosing an inorganic binder.

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Africa—A wealth of resources and aspirations, plus more inside October/November 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / September 16, 2021

The October/November 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an overview of research and markets in Africa—is now available online. Plus—gradient refractive index optics.

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Video: An easier way to recover rare-earth elements from electric vehicle motor magnets

By Lisa McDonald / September 15, 2021

Batteries are not the only part of electric vehicles that contain critical materials—many electric vehicle motors use rare-earth magnets as well. Nissan and Waseda University developed a five-step pyrometallurgy process to recover rare-earth compounds from electric vehicle motor magnets.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / September 15, 2021

Reconfigurable metasurfaces, smart dental implants, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 15, 2021.

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Making glass research more Fun: The Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass

By Jonathon Foreman / September 14, 2021

The Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass (FunGlass) is an international center for basic and applied research and training in glass science and engineering. A special issue of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science details some of the research performed at FunGlass.

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Improving sustainability of wind turbine blades through fiber reclamation and new resin

By Lisa McDonald / September 14, 2021

Wind turbine blades are notoriously difficult to recycle due to the mixed nature of the blade material. Two companies are exploring different ways to improve lifecycle sustainability through glass fiber reclamation and developing a new resin for the blade.

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A ‘gentle’ process for aircraft machining—researchers explore shaping SiC/SiC composites via plasma etching

By Lisa McDonald / September 10, 2021

SiC/SiC composites are one of the main ceramic matrix composites being investigated for aerospace applications. Researchers from Germany and China explored the potential of shaping such composites using the “gentle” machining process of plasma etching.

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Video: An easier way to temper chocolate

By Lisa McDonald / September 8, 2021

Producing chocolate with a shiny, smooth texture and good “snap” requires a complicated heating and cooling process that, on the large scale, is performed using expensive machines. University of Guelph researchers discovered a potentially easier way to achieve the desired texture by modifying the amount of phospholipids in chocolate.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / September 8, 2021

Flexible MXene coatings stay put on any surface, new record with bifacial solar cells, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 8, 2021.

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Fishy origins: Researchers derive calcium phosphate bioceramics from salmon fish bone wastes

By Lisa McDonald / September 7, 2021

Compared to other meats, fish remains a relatively underutilized waste source in rendering processes. An international team of researchers investigated the possibility of deriving calcium phosphate bioceramics from salmon fish bone wastes.

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