Ceramic Tech Today

Exploding samples reveal new insights into shape memory ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / December 3, 2021

Researchers have achieved some success in developing shape memory ceramics by applying the same general strategies used for shape memory alloys. A recent study that stumbled upon a seemingly paradoxical result, however, reveals new insights into reversible transformations in ceramics.

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Video: Floating solar projects around the world

By Lisa McDonald / December 1, 2021

While Japan and China lead the market for floating solar parks, more countries are investing in this technology. Today’s CTT highlights several recent floating solar projects around the world, as well as a few floating wind projects.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / December 1, 2021

Camera the size of a salt grain, new ultrahard diamond glass, and other materials stories that may be of interest for December 1, 2021.

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Materials for cleansing and beauty: A review on the use of calcium phosphates in cosmetics

By Lisa McDonald / November 30, 2021

There are many applications for calcium phosphate in the medical field. Recently, the cosmetics industry has taken an interest in this mineral family as well, and a new open-access paper reviews what the industry has used calcium phosphate for so far.

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Video: The ups and downs of materials innovations in sports—basketballs of the NBA

By Lisa McDonald / November 24, 2021

The National Basketball Association is facing scrutiny for a new ball debuted for the 2021–2022 season. While the situation echoes the controversy faced in 2006 when a synthetic ball was used, the current debate is less clear cut as the new ball material is still leather.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 24, 2021

High-performance MXene electrodes, glass as stable as crystal, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 24, 2021.

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3D fabrication of transparent optical ceramics by lithography-based digital projection

By Lisa McDonald / November 23, 2021

To meet the industry’s growing demand for customized manufacturing, researchers are increasingly interested in processing transparent ceramics using additive manufacturing. Guangran Zhang and Yiquan Wu of Alfred University demonstrated how highly transparent yttrium aluminum garnet ceramics could be fabricated via a lithography-based digital projection method.

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Crack—heal thyself! A new understanding of damage tolerance mechanisms in a MAX phase

By Eileen De Guire / November 19, 2021

Despite having weakly bonded layers, MAX phases demonstrate a surprisingly high damage tolerance. Researchers at Texas A&M and Universite Grenoble Alpes in France showed how cracks in a MAX single crystal can close and heal, thus contributing to the high damage tolerance.

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Game-changers: Ceramic and glass materials in sports, plus more inside December 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / November 19, 2021

The December 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an overview of ceramic and glass materials in sports—is now available online. Plus—new C&GM and ceramicSOURCE 2022.

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Video: The ceramic swallows of Portugal

By Lisa McDonald / November 17, 2021

Swallows have appeared in cultures throughout history as symbols of hope and good luck. The ceramic swallows of Portugal offer a look at a culture that embraces swallow symbolism.

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