Ceramic Tech Today

Video: Winged microchips may form the basis of future environmental monitoring systems

By Lisa McDonald / October 6, 2021

Most monitoring technologies involve bulk instrumentation to collect data locally at a small number of locations. An international team of researchers developed tiny winged microchips that could be deployed in bulk for environmental monitoring of a large area.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / October 6, 2021

Breakup of a single chemical bond, lass ‘sand’ to prevent coastal erosion, a new way to control magnets, and other materials stories that may be of interest for October 6, 2021.

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Amorphous calcium carbonate opens door to low-temperature 3D printing of ceramic materials

By Lisa McDonald / October 5, 2021

It can be difficult to incorporate organic additives into 3D-printed ceramic materials because the parts require high-temperature heat treatment to reach final density. Researchers in Israel developed a new low-temperature 3D printing process using amorphous calcium carbonate.

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Disorders of protection—high-entropy oxides for environmental barrier coatings

By Jonathon Foreman / October 1, 2021

Many researchers are working to uncover alternatives to yttria stabilized zirconia for use as environmental barrier coatings. High-entropy oxides are among the classes of materials being explored, and two papers in Journal of the American Ceramic Society explore different high-entropy oxide systems.

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Video: European Commission proposes single standard charger for many electronic devices

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2021

Ever since some major phone producers pledged to harmonize chargers for data-enabled mobile phones in 2009, most chargers are now based on USB ports and connectors. Now, the European Commission is proposing legislation that would require USB Type C be the standard port for all smartphones and many other electronic devices.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2021

Foldable ultrathin quantum dot LED, a new way to control magnets, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 29, 2021.

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Extracting proteins from pottery: Researchers advance proteomic profiling of ceramic artifacts

By Lisa McDonald / September 28, 2021

There are relatively few examples of successful recovery and identification of archeological protein residues from ceramic artifacts. Researchers led by the University of Catania in Italy looked to advance the application of proteomics to ancient ceramics by investigating prehistoric pottery from the Maltese Bronze/Iron Age site of il-Qlejgħa tal-Baħrija.

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ACerS Rapid Communication: Getting the word out quickly and scientifically

By Jonathon Foreman / September 24, 2021

Sometimes researchers present discoveries so new and important that they merit short review times. ACerS journals offer the article type “Rapid Communication” to enable rapid decisions and priority of publication while retaining rigorous review.

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Beyond bauxite—researchers explore laterite as an alternative source of aluminum

By Lisa McDonald / September 24, 2021

Bauxite ore is the world’s primary source of aluminum, but concerns about the supply chain have the aluminum industry interested in identifying alternative sources. Researchers in Sri Lanka explored the potential of laterite as an alternative source.

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Video: Turning brittle materials flexible by reducing thickness

By Lisa McDonald / September 22, 2021

Glass and ice are two materials known for being brittle. However, when glass is produced very thin—on the scale of micrometers—it can bend quite a bit without failure. Now researchers in China showed this same principle applies to ice as well.

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