Ceramic Tech Today

Sporian snags AF contract for high-temp sensor

By / May 1, 2009

The Air Force has awarded MEMS sensor maker Sporian Microsystems a contract to conduct research using the firm’s “polymer derived ceramic as a non-planar, conformal, thin film, high temperature sensor.” The AF wants a sensor system that can monitor the temperature and strain in aircraft turbines. Temperatures in these critical materials often are well in…

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1,800 year-old glass bowl found intact

By / May 1, 2009

British officials say archeologists unearthed a Roman glass bowl at an ancient London cemetery that they believes dates from around the 2nd to 3rd century A.D. The bowl is actually a mosaic of hundreds of indented blue petals with white bordering. Unfortunately, according to a Reuters report, the bowl was bright red when it was…

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Video of the week II – Self-healing concrete

By / April 30, 2009

Following on the heels of our first Video of the week, this is look at Victor Li’s latest innovation: self-healing concrete. Cement and Concrete Research is soon to publish a paper by Li, who is a professor in material science and engineering at the University of Michigan, that describes a type of concrete that forms…

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Video of the week I – Bendable concrete

By / April 30, 2009

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/bendable_concrete.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/bendable_concrete.jpg}]   In mid-2005, University of Michigan professor Victor Li unveiled a fiber-reinforced bendable concrete. The concrete is made of what Li’s group calls Engineered Cement Composites. The concrete certainly looks like regular concrete, and Li says it is 500 times more resistant to cracking and 40 percent lighter in weight. In…

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$93 million to wind energy; $100 million to NREL facilities

By / April 29, 2009

The Obama administration continues to put money where its mouth is regarding energy innovation. And, they are doing it in a way that should prick up the ears of ceramic, glass and other advanced materials researchers and industry leaders. DOE Secretary Chu today went to Golden to announce the allocation of nearly $200 million in…

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Chu to make another funding announcement Wednesday

By / April 28, 2009

With all due respect to Flo Rida, Steven Chu and the DOE are second to none when it comes to making it snow (the green stuff) this year, and he is doing it where they know a lot about snow: Golden Colorado and the National Renewable Energy Lab. Expect something big, not only because the…

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Earth Day Ceramics Video Festival

By / April 22, 2009

Hey – it’s Video of the Week Day (Wednesday) and Earth Day. What a great excuse for a video festival. The easy thing would have been to go for videos that show the role in ceramics and glass in solar power, solar thermal, fuel cells, piezoelectrics, fusion, ultracapacitors and so on, but I’ve decided to…

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NIST releases some details and timing on grid standards

By / April 21, 2009

Apropos to the announcement about DOE moving forward with funding for Smart Grid projects, NIST has unveiled a three-step approach for developing standards for such a grid. Although the DOE is the main organizer and funding source for grid-related projects, NIST has been charged with shepherding the standards that will underpin the next-generation national power…

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DOE jumps into smart grid tech with $4 billion and a call for standards

By / April 21, 2009

The Obama administration seems to have decided to let others share some of the Department of Energy’s glory and let Vice President Joe Biden and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke make the official announcement that DOE is preparing to release funds to develop the “Smart Grid.” Biden and Locke said the DOE is moving to quickly…

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Nanowire dopant know-how

By / April 15, 2009

According to a paper published in a recent issue of Nature Nanotechnology, two researchers at Northwestern University are using atom probe tomography to do precise atom-by-atom measurements of dopants in nanowires and, likewise, use the information to build new nanowire models and better predict their electronic properties. Lincoln Lauhon, assistant professor of materials science and…

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