Ceramic Tech Today

Purifying nanomaterials in bulk: New acid etching method rids boron nitride nanotubes of impurities

By Lisa McDonald / January 23, 2024

Ensuring quality of nanomaterials can be difficult when producing in bulk. Rice University researchers developed a new wet-thermal etching method that can result in mass yields of up to 29% purified boron nitride nanotubes.

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Solid-state electrocaloric materials heat up cooling performance

By Guest Contributor / January 19, 2024

Electrocaloric materials have potential to replace liquid refrigerant in cooling systems, thus avoiding the emission of harmful greenhouse gases. But currently, electrocaloric devices can only operate within a small temperature span. A recent study reported a new electrocaloric prototype with greatly improved temperature span and cooling power.

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Video: Solar solutions shine at CES 2024

By Lisa McDonald / January 17, 2024

During CES 2024, which took place January 9–12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, numerous companies showcased solar technology innovations. Today’s CTT highlights several key announcements made during the show.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 17, 2024

Rid nanotubes of impurities, get more out of Moore’s Law, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 17, 2024.

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Communicating the sustainability crisis: ACerS members help lead the charge for action with new paper, alliance

By Lisa McDonald / January 16, 2024

The world is facing a fundamental sustainability crisis. Scientists have a role to play in not only developing new materials and technologies to combat the crisis but also in communicating about the situation to the public. Several ACerS members have made significant strides in this regard with the release of a new paper and helping to establish a new international alliance.

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Rooting for efficiency—vibrating rotary file speeds up root canal treatments

By Lisa McDonald / January 12, 2024

Though modern root canal treatments are not overly painful thanks to advancements in medical technology, the need to frequently clean the rotary file can lengthen procedure time. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS created a file that features both rotational and vibrational motion, which reduces the amount of cleaning required.

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Ceramics for renewable energy generation, plus more inside January/February 2024 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / January 11, 2024

The January/February 2024 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring ceramics for renewable energy generation—is now available online. Plus—ceramic-based arts for mood disorder treatment.

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Video: Ceramic knives help sharpen chefs’ skills

By Guest Contributor / January 10, 2024

Knives are one of the earliest tools used by humanity, but the materials used to create these sharp-edged tools have undergone some significant advancements since the early days. Learn about the benefits and limitations that come with using ceramic knives in your kitchen.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 10, 2024

Fast-charging solid-state batteries, functional graphene semiconductor, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 10, 2024.

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Green is not for granted: Commonly perceived sustainable practices do not always guarantee benefits

By Lisa McDonald / January 9, 2024

Incorporating practices commonly regarded as sustainable into an individual or group’s workflow does not always guarantee environmental benefits. Researchers from the Technical University of Darmstadt published a case study that shows the importance of critically evaluating perceived green technologies before adoption.

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