Ceramic Tech Today

Coordination polymer glass may provide solid support for PEM fuel cells

By Lisa McDonald / June 2, 2020

Fuel cells are an alternative to batteries to power electric vehicles. Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in particular are of high interest, and researchers in Japan have now developed a new glass material that could serve as an improved electrolyte in these cells.

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Ensuring business continuity in the face of COVID-19

By David Holthaus / May 29, 2020

Doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic is a constantly evolving challenge. Companies involved in the advanced ceramics supply chain are taking several steps to ensure continuity during this time.

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Not just the edges—defects impart electrocatalytic properties to entire graphene surface

By Lisa McDonald / May 29, 2020

Defects in a material’s structure offer scientists a way to alter certain material properties. In a new study, three researchers in Russia investigate how different defects in graphene alter the material’s electron transfer kinetics.

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Video: Pursuing carbon capture at the industrial scale

By Lisa McDonald / May 27, 2020

Carbon capture and storage is one method the global cement industry is investigating to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. An ongoing study in Norway could become the world’s first cement plant to use this technology at full scale.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / May 27, 2020

Spreadable solid-state battery interlayer, why paste materials harden, and other materials stories that may be of interest for May 27, 2020.

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Exploring the mechanical behavior of MOF glasses

By Lisa McDonald / May 26, 2020

Metal-organic frameworks have immense potential in various applications but are difficult to synthesize in bulk. Fabricating MOFs in the glassy phase provides the necessary stability for bulk synthesis, and two new studies investigate the mechanical properties of these unique glasses.

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Bioactive glasses meet dendritic cells—exploring effects of bioactive glass ionic dissolution on the immune system

By Lisa McDonald / May 22, 2020

Bioactive glasses are considered biocompatible—but there still is much unknown about how these glasses interact with the immune system. In a recent open-access study, researchers in Germany explored how ions released during bioactive glass dissolution affect dendritic cells, a specialized immune cell that plays a crucial role in initiating primary immune responses.

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Video: Inflatable bike negates need for parking space

By Lisa McDonald / May 20, 2020

Bike sales have increased rapidly since bike shops in the U.S. reopened. However, though more people are using this form of transportation, many cities are ill equipped to handle large numbers of cyclists. In a proof-of-concept study, The University of Tokyo researchers offer one way to address lack of parking space—inflatable bikes.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / May 20, 2020

Manipulate light on the nanoscale, electronic diodes beyond 5G performance, and other materials stories that may be of interest for May 20, 2020.

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ACerS Member Community makes it easy to stay connected to other members

By Faye Oney / May 19, 2020

ACerS is excited to announce the new ACerS Member Community! The Community makes it easy for you to follow up and stay connected with other ACerS members.

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