Ceramic Tech Today

Video: Considerations of colored concrete

By Lisa McDonald / July 28, 2021

Adding pigment to cement is one way to produce colored concrete. Researchers in China and Morocco showed that the content and purity of the pigment can have adverse effects on the cement’s properties.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / July 28, 2021

Ultrathin magnet operates at room temperature, origami glass, and other materials stories that may be of interest for July 28, 2021.

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That’s a wrap for MCARE-EHS 2021: The last two days from a student blogger perspective

By Lisa McDonald / July 27, 2021

MCARE-EHS 2021 took place virtually July 19–22 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ACerS student members Alessandro De Zanet and Rishabh Kundu share their experiences from the last two days of the conference.

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Toward next-gen electronics—machine learning framework accelerates exploration of how strain affects semiconductor properties

By Lisa McDonald / July 27, 2021

Elastic strain engineering is an emerging technique for enhancing the performance of functional materials. An international collaboration involving Skoltech, MIT, and Nanyang Technological University developed an expanded machine learning framework to accelerate the exploration of how strain affects semiconductor properties.

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Kick-off of MCARE-EHS 2021: The first two days from a student blogger perspective

By Lisa McDonald / July 23, 2021

MCARE-EHS 2021 took place virtually July 19–22 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ACerS student members Rishabh Kundu and Alessandro De Zanet share their experiences from the first two days of the conference.

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Journal impact factors for ACerS journals up in 2020

By Jonathon Foreman / July 23, 2021

The annual Clarivate Journal Citation Report, released late last month, showed increases in the impact factors for all three of ACerS’ traditional journals in 2020. Other highlights from the report are discussed in this CTT.

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Improving production of GaN-based LEDs: Metalens takes ‘exceptional clear’ images of patterned sapphire substrate

By Lisa McDonald / July 23, 2021

Gallium nitride-based blue LEDs are typically grown on patterned sapphire substrates that are imaged using SEM and optical microscope systems to ensure the substrate has the correct structure. Researchers in Taiwan developed a new gallium nitride-based metalens that improves the clarity of substrate images.

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Video: Cement production in Sweden

By Lisa McDonald / July 21, 2021

Despite concrete being the second most consumed material in the world, the global construction industry currently is experiencing a cement shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how a recent decision by the Swedish Supreme Land and Environmental Court may complicate Sweden’s cement production further in the coming months and years.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / July 21, 2021

New graphene superconductivity mechanism, disease-detecting breathalyzers, and other materials stories that may be of interest for July 21, 2021.

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A guide to synthesizing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles

By Lisa McDonald / July 20, 2021

Magnetite (Fe3O4) and maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) are two types of iron oxide known for their magnetic properties. A new open-access paper summarizes the main synthesis protocols for obtaining these magnetic nanoparticles.

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