Ceramic Tech Today

Addressing the energy harvesting storage gap—ceramic matrix composites contain corrosive materials in thermal energy storage

By Jonathon Foreman / October 2, 2020

Thermal energy storage technologies are one way to store energy generated from renewable sources. But producing materials that can contain the high-temperature and corrosive materials integral to this technology is an ongoing area of research. Two recent ACerS journal articles explore methods of fabricating C/C-SiC CMCs for use as container materials.

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Video: Stackable GaN wall chargers expand charging capabilities while saving space

By Lisa McDonald / September 30, 2020

Having enough outlet space on campus is a perennial problem for college students. A new Kickstarter campaign looks to fund creation of stackable gallium nitride wall chargers, which could expand USB charging capabilities while saving space.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / September 30, 2020

Ultrasound signals converted directly to visible images, cement-free concrete beats corrosion, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 30, 2020.

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Ceramics Expo Connect covers wide range of new and emerging ceramic applications

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2020

Ceramics Expo Connect, the virtual version of Ceramics Expo, took place Sept. 21–25, 2020. Panels, interviews, and roundtables covered a wide range of new and emerging ceramic applications across the five days.

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Designing Li-S battery cathodes: Polarity rather than conductivity leads to long-term cycling stability

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2020

Highly conductive carbon materials are frequently investigated as host materials for sulfur in lithium-sulfur batteries, but such cathodes struggle with loss of sulfur due to the carbon surface being nonpolar. An international team of researchers explored if using polar silica instead as the host material may improve cycling stability, even though silica is nonconductive.

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Machine learning model predicts superhard materials from crystal structure

By Lisa McDonald / September 25, 2020

Conventionally, theoretical models are unable to predict a material’s hardness from its crystal structure because the underlying physical principles are complex. A new machine learning model developed by two researchers at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology succeeds in making such predictions in a fast and reliable manner.

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Latin America—Indigenous invention, plus more inside October/November 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / September 24, 2020

The October/November 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an overview of research and markets in Latin America—is now available online. Plus—remembering Ted Day

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Video: How Crystal Palace Dinosaurs brought paleontology to the people

By Lisa McDonald / September 23, 2020

More than 100 years before the movie Jurassic Park captured public interest, curiosity in dinosaurs was piqued by the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, the first life-sized models of extinct animals ever made. Though the scientific accuracy of the sculptures is largely incorrect based on current knowledge, the sculptures’ impact on public interest in paleontology is recognized to this day.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / September 23, 2020

Fisheye metalens, mirror-like photovoltaics, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 23, 2020.

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From mechanical behaviors to coloring mechanisms, modeling illuminates properties of ancient ceramics

By Jonathon Foreman / September 22, 2020

Modeling offers a way to learn about ancient ceramics without damaging the priceless items. Two recent articles in International Journal of Ceramic Engineering & Science illustrate how modeling provides insights into myriad properties, including mechanical behaviors and coloring mechanisms.

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