Ceramic Tech Today

Corroding confidence—water threatens stability of vitrified nuclear waste

By Lisa McDonald / February 14, 2020

Vitrification, an established solution for nuclear waste disposal, is considered stable once the waste is turned into glass. New research led by The Ohio State University shows this stability could be threatened if water contacts the metal canister containing the glass.

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Video: Woo your Valentine with shimmery chocolate

By Lisa McDonald / February 12, 2020

Why give your Valentine chocolate when you could give them shimmery chocolate? Researchers at ETH Zurich found a way to imprint a special structure on the surface of chocolate to create a targeted color effect.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / February 12, 2020

Bend nanodiamonds, previously unseen transition in ferroelectrics, and other materials stories that may be of interest for February 12, 2020.

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Integrated energy management looks to graduate smart homes to the next level

By April Gocha / February 11, 2020

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in early January 2020, new devices and solutions centered around smart home technologies—but will new solutions for energy management lead to the next evolution of smart homes?

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Films fix flaws: MXenes for guided bone regeneration

By Lisa McDonald / February 11, 2020

A lot of research focuses on environmental and energy applications of MXenes, but there are plenty of potential biomedical applications as well. Three researchers at Sichuan University in China investigate using MXene films as a barrier membrane in guided bone regeneration.

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Several ‘firsts’ at the 44th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites

By Eileen De Guire / February 7, 2020

The International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC 2020) took place January 26–31 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Over 1,000 people attended, with 50% coming from outside the United States.

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The best of both worlds—ferroelectric crystals exhibit both high transparency and piezoelectricity

By Lisa McDonald / February 7, 2020

Previous attempts to increase transparency of ferroelectric crystals have decreased piezoelectricity. An international team of scientists led by The Pennsylvania State University and Xi’an Jiaotong University now shows that selective engineering of domain walls can improve both properties.

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A golden time for updates—ACerS journal news and tips for February 2020

By Jonathon Foreman / February 5, 2020

As we enter the second month of this year, find out the latest ACerS journals news and tips for February 2020!

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Video: Bottle houses—another way to reuse glass

By Lisa McDonald / February 5, 2020

Many glass recycling initiatives focus on crushing the original glass product and turning it into something else. However, you do not need to necessarily crush glass to reuse it, as numerous “bottle houses” around the world show. Take a look at a few of the famous ones.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / February 5, 2020

Graphene won’t crack under pressure, nanoparticle chomps away plaques, and other materials stories that may be of interest for February 5, 2020.

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