Ceramic Tech Today

Developing a Nobel technology: A review of lithium-ion battery cathode chemistry

By Lisa McDonald / April 3, 2020

In 2019, three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. A recent review article by ACerS Fellow Arumugam Manthiram traces the work done by John Goodenough’s group on oxide cathodes.

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Video: Coronavirus exposes the digital divide

By Lisa McDonald / April 1, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus in the United States has thrown into sharp focus the problem of digital divide—unequal access to information and communication technologies. Although recent federal and local initiatives have worked to close this divide, there is still much work to be done.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / April 1, 2020

Crumpled graphene makes ultra-sensitive cancer DNA detector, superconductivity in meteorites, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 1, 2020.

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A call to the ACerS community: How can glass and ceramic materials contribute to fighting COVID-19?

By Lisa McDonald / March 31, 2020

Here are ACerS, we recently received a question from one of our members—how can ceramic and glass materials contribute to fighting COVID-19? We ask our community for help in answering this question.

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Could unraveling of the recycling cycle create new opportunities for glass?

By April Gocha / March 31, 2020

Recycling is currently a materials dead end—but what does that mean for other container materials? Glass could capitalize on the void left by discarded single-use plastics.

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Preparing for hypersonic flight—wing shape affects thermal shock behavior of UHTCs

By Jonathon Foreman / March 27, 2020

Ultrahigh-temperature ceramics are promising materials for protecting aircraft wings from friction during hypersonic flight—but thermal shock can cause these ceramics to crack. In the cover article for the March 2020 International Journal of Ceramic Engineering & Science, researchers in China report how wing shape affects thermal shock behavior of UHTCs.

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Noisy neighbors? No problem—ceramic-plastic combo might block high-pitched sounds

By Lisa McDonald / March 27, 2020

As people around the world transition to working at home, they face new challenges to focusing—including the sounds of young children stuck home with no school. Two theoretical physicists identified a ceramic-plastic material that can potentially block such high-pitched sounds.

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Video: Capturing virus in glass

By Lisa McDonald / March 25, 2020

Since 2004, British artist Luke Jerram has created glass sculptures depicting various well-known viruses, including AIDS and smallpox. He now has created a glass version of the novel coronavirus as well.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / March 25, 2020

Ancient Egypt pigment aids modern microscopy, new nano strategy fights superbugs, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 25, 2020.

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Brush your way to a whiter smile—piezocatalysis effect offers nondestructive tooth whitening

By Lisa McDonald / March 24, 2020

Common teeth whitening methods can damage teeth. Researchers in China propose a tooth whitening method based on the piezocatalysis effect may serve as an effective, nondestructive alternative.

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