Ceramic Tech Today

Strategies for designing stretchable electronics with advanced thermal management

By Lisa McDonald / June 18, 2021

The expanded range of motion available to stretchable electronics makes it difficult to maintain stable thermal conductance under large deformation. Two researchers from China describe several aspects of thermal management strategies that must be considered and offer several possible solutions that are worth further investigation.

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Video: Braille smartwatch makes accessing information easier for people with vision impairment

By Lisa McDonald / June 16, 2021

Despite being on the market for decades, braille displays remain very costly, typically in the range of several thousand dollars. Dot Incorporation, a company cofounded by South Korean entrepreneur Eric Ju-Yoon Kim, created a smartwatch featuring a braille touchpad that only costs a few hundred dollars—and the technology can be applied to other devices as well.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / June 16, 2021

New family of atomic-thin electrides, how catalysts age, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 16, 2021.

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A decade of discovery: A review of MXenes, the family of 2D transition metal carbides and nitrides

By Lisa McDonald / June 15, 2021

MXenes, the family of 2D transition metal carbides and nitrides, was first discovered in 2011. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this discovery, researchers led by Drexel University professor and ACerS Fellow Yury Gogotsi published a forward-looking review article in Science that explores the impact and promise of this material family.

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Cathodes for Li-ion batteries—researchers explore complex defect structure of LiFePO4

By Lisa McDonald / June 11, 2021

Lithium iron phosphate is a widely used cobalt-free cathode material for lithium-ion batteries. It is known to experience certain kinds of defects in its crystal structure, however, and a recent study led by researchers at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology explores the existence of hydroxyl groups in phosphorus vacancies.

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Video: Celebrating World Oceans Day 2021

By Lisa McDonald / June 9, 2021

To celebrate World Oceans Day, which took place June 8, we’ve collected some of our recent CTTs on challenges and solutions related to the world ocean.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / June 9, 2021

Visualizing cement hydration, 99.5% purity rare earth from waste magnets, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 9, 2021.

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Preparing for contingencies helped companies grow during the pandemic

By Lisa McDonald / June 8, 2021

Last spring, ACerS’ B2B magazine Ceramic & Glass Manufacturing looked at how companies were just beginning to implement the myriad changes necessary to continue operating during a global pandemic. The new June/July 2021 issue showcases a few of the successes achieved by companies that prepared for contingencies and continued to grow during the past year.

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Recovery of abrasive grains from grinding wheel waste

By Lisa McDonald / June 8, 2021

Grinding is a widely used machining process to smooth and shape parts, yet few studies have explored recovering abrasive grains from the rejected and spent grinding wheels. Sabarinathan Palaniyappan of SSN College of Engineering in India has published a number of papers with his supervisor V.E. Annamalai on this topic.

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Lining up for better performance: Researchers tailor interfaces in solid-state batteries

By Lisa McDonald / June 4, 2021

One of the main challenges to commercializing solid-state batteries is stabilizing the interface between the solid electrolyte and electrodes. In a recent paper, researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign and Xerion Advanced Battery Corporation look at the role interface morphology and crystallography play in solid-state battery performance.

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