Ceramic Tech Today

Casting for alternatives—researchers explore potential of potassium carbonate as flux in continuous steel casting

By Lisa McDonald / January 22, 2021

In continuous steel casting, ceramic powders are thrown on top of the liquid metal to prevent oxidation. Two researchers from Japan investigate whether potassium carbonate may serve as an alternative to more expensive materials in the powder.

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Video: Decommissioned wind turbine blades get a second wind through reuse and recycling

By Lisa McDonald / January 20, 2021

The vast majority of wind turbine blades that reach end-of-use are either being stored in various places or taken to landfills because there are few options for recycling. Numerous companies and universities are working to change that.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 20, 2021

Flash plastic ash to complete recycling, trap light without back reflections, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 20, 2021.

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Fab-bow-lous synthesis: Researchers grow graphene nanoribbons for lower cost at higher yield

By Lisa McDonald / January 19, 2021

Graphene nanoribbons are a family of carbon allotropes that exhibit semiconducting properties promising for electronic applications. However, the conventional bottom-up synthesis method for graphene nanoribbons is a costly and low-yield process. Researchers led by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology developed an alternative method that is higher yield and lower cost.

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Stretching the possibilities: Bendable single-crystalline diamonds hold potential for next-generation electronics

By Lisa McDonald / January 15, 2021

Diamonds have many desirable properties for application in electronic devices, but their rigid crystalline structure and brittle nature make it difficult to use diamonds for such a purpose. An international team of researchers led by City University of Hong Kong revealed in 2018 that diamonds are bendable on the nanoscale, and a follow-up paper published by them this month expands on that finding.

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Video: The evolution of touchscreen displays in cars

By Lisa McDonald / January 13, 2021

Touchscreen displays are an increasingly standard feature in new car models and, like smartphone screens, they grow larger each year—Mercedes-Benz plans to feature a 56-inch touchscreen display in an upcoming luxury electric sedan. But do touchscreens really help drivers—or lead to distracted driving?

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 13, 2021

Glass fiber drinking water monitor, computational model for hip implants, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 13, 2021.

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Achieve success by inversing expectations—scientists show promise of antiperovskite oxides in photovoltaic applications

By Lisa McDonald / January 12, 2021

Perovskite materials are some of the most hotly researched materials in the photovoltaic field right now. However, antiperovskite materials, which have an inverse perovskite structure, show promise as well. Two researchers in Korea used simulations to explore the potential of two antiperovskite oxides in photovoltaic applications.

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Curing a sticky situation: Researchers activate adhesives using magnetic field and nanoparticles

By Lisa McDonald / January 8, 2021

Curing heat-activated adhesives in high-temperature ovens can be an energy-intensive and costly process. Nanyang Technological University researchers demonstrated that using magnetic fields and specially designed nanoparticles instead to generate heat may be a better option.

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Video: Robot dance party kicks off 2021

By Lisa McDonald / January 6, 2021

What better way to celebrate the start of 2021 than with a dance party—for robots? Engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics posted a new video that showcases the best of their robots’ abilities and offers a lighthearted way to celebrate the start of 2021.

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