Ceramic Tech Today

Utilizing stored emissions: A review of molten salt electrochemical conversion to recycle carbon dioxide

By Lisa McDonald / February 3, 2023

Molten salt electrochemical conversion may offer an economic and relatively clean way to extract pure carbon products from stored carbon dioxide emissions. In a recently published open-access paper, researchers from the University of Science and Technology Beijing summarize the successes and challenges of this process.

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Together again for Electronic Materials and Applications 2023 in Orlando

By Eileen De Guire / February 1, 2023

For the first time since 2020, the Electronic Materials and Applications Conference met in person in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 17–20, 2023. Close to 270 attendees from 20 countries attended the four-day conference.

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Video: Around-the-world boat race conducts science along the way

By Lisa McDonald / February 1, 2023

The Ocean Race is a boat race around the world, held every three or four years since 1973. Starting with the 2017–2018 race, the Ocean Race organizers and racing teams coordinate a science program in tandem with the race to gather data on the ocean.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / February 1, 2023

Self-cleaning solar panels, physics of glass formation, and other materials stories that may be of interest for February 1, 2023.

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Improving lifetime predictions for aircraft components: Insights into the internal oxidation processes of ceramic matrix composites

By Lisa McDonald / January 31, 2023

Though ceramic matrix composites for aircraft have entered commercial operation, there still are some knowledge gaps regarding the oxidation of these materials. Two researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, conducted an experiment on internal CMC oxidation that provided new insights into the oxidation processes and highlighted deficiencies in the current standard oxidation model.

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Femtosecond laser bursts drill crack-free holes in glass

By Lisa McDonald / January 27, 2023

Femtosecond lasers have led to great advances in micromachining capabilities, including for glass technologies. Now, researchers in France demonstrated the potential of a modified femtosecond laser approach based on burst pulses to drill crack-free holes in glass.

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Video: ‘Clay as Soft Power’ exhibition examines how Shigaraki ware may have helped mend postwar Japanese–U.S. relations

By Lisa McDonald / January 25, 2023

Following World War II, how did Japan and the United States repair their relationship and become as close as they are today? A new exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art examines how Shigaraki ware may have helped transform the U.S. public’s image of Japan.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 25, 2023

Hydrogen-powered planes, water jets for glass recovery, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 25, 2023.

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Beyond oxides: Successful plastic deformation in silicon nitride thanks to dual-phase structure

By Lisa McDonald / January 24, 2023

Most explorations of plastic deformation in ceramics have focused on oxide systems. A recent study led by researchers at Tsinghua University in China demonstrated the possibility of plastic deformation in nonoxide ceramics as well, specifically silicon nitride, by harnessing a dual-phase structural configuration.

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Relict no more—purposeful inclusion of lime clasts gives Roman concretes self-healing properties

By Lisa McDonald / January 20, 2023

Traditionally, researchers have considered aggregate-scale lime clasts in Roman concretes to be relicts of the concrete fabrication process. Researchers led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology instead argue that these clasts were purposefully included to provide the concretes with self-healing properties.

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