Ceramic Tech Today

New tissue scaffold tested

By / July 15, 2009

In a paper published in the free, online Journal of Biomedical Science, Chinese researchers Jiang Liuyun, Li Yubao and Xiong Chengdong report positive results from the use of a novel biodegradable composite tissue scaffold made of nano-hydroxyapatite and natural derived polymers of chitosan and carboxymethyl cellulose. They say the scaffold is formed through the ionic…

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Printable batteries with a sleek design

By / July 15, 2009

There is a new battery under development that is thinner than a millimeter, lighter than a gram and can be produced cost-effectively through a printing process. A German research team, led by Reinhard Baumann of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS) in Chemnitz together with colleagues from TU Chemnitz and Menippos GmbH,…

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Video of the week – Postdoc opportunities at NIST’s Materials Science and Engineering Lab

By / July 15, 2009

Every year, the Materials Science and Engineering Lab receives more than 50 applications for National Research Council–NIST postdoctoral fellowships. Out of this pool of applicants, there are 10 to 15 successful appointments. MSEL programs are significantly enriched by the fresh ideas and talent brought by NRC postdocs. In turn, the postdocs enjoy close interactions with…

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MIT president emeritus Vest to give keynote lecture

By / July 14, 2009

Some exciting news – Charles M. Vest will be giving the Rustum Roy Lecture at the ACerS annual meeting. His talk is tentatively titled, “Engineering Education and the Challenges of the 21st Century”and is scheduled for Oct. 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh. (The ACerS annual meeting is held in conjunction with MS&T’09.) The president of the…

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Journal’s special issue on sintering

By / July 13, 2009

Want to catch up on the cutting edge of sintering? Then check out the new edition of the Journal of the American Ceramics Society (subscription required). The July JACerS has a special section on Advances in Sintering Science and Technology edited by Rajendra Bordia (University of Wisconsin) and Eugene Olevsky (San Diego State University). The…

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Direct payment option added to $3B fund for renewable energy projects

By / July 12, 2009

They’re not accepting applications yet, but the Departments of the Treasury and Energy announced an estimated $3 billion for the development of renewable energy projects around the country, and made available the guidance businesses will need to submit a successful application. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the program will provide direct payments.…

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Would 441 pounds satisfy your sapphire craving?

By / July 11, 2009

Rubicon Technology claims it has successfully grown the world’s largest Al2O3 crystal, a boule that weighs in at 200 kg (441 lb). The company says it plans to use the material to form “high quality large-size optical windows and next-generation wafer products with dimensions over 12 in.” This is quite a leap for Rubicon. Normally,…

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New solar power system displayed at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility

By / July 10, 2009

Four newly designed solar power collection dishes called SunCatchers were unveiled at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility. The new dishes are the next-generation model of the original SunCatcher system. Engineers say they are designed for high-volume production, ease of maintenance and cost reductions, and could be in commercial service by 2010. The modular solar-thermal…

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Jan Walter Szymaszek flashback

By / July 9, 2009

I just received belated word that J. Walter Szymaszek died. Actually, he passed away in January and there is a just-posted obituary about him on the ACerS site. Szymaszek received a Bronze medal and citation for his work on the Manhattan Project, and later moved on to the the ceramic and metallurgy department of the…

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For the materials scientist who has everything . . .

By / July 9, 2009

“FusionX aerogel pendants consist of a 3mm pure aerogel core that is fused inside a hand wound helix silver casing [in 8 colors]. The aerogel-filled helix casing is sealed inside the precision cut, strong borosilicate clear glass casing, then the complete aerogel assembly is hermetically sealed inside silver-over-titanium end caps for added strength and long…

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