Ceramic Tech Today

Sandia, NREL now have 180-teraflop computer for energy modeling

By / April 30, 2010

Sandia National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Lab have just unveiled a nice, new tool: a 180-teraflop supercomputer designed and built by the Sun/Oracle and Intel corporations. The specs…

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DOE video: Why ARPA-E funded 1366’s direct wafer technology for photovoltaic units

By / April 29, 2010

I continue to be really impressed with 1366 Technologies’ technical work and and business strategy. Now DOE has put together a short (4 minutes) video about 1366’s Direct Wafer Technology…

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Electrostrictive ceramic actuators to shape mirror of next space telescope

By / April 28, 2010

According to a NASA Tech Brief, the Next Generation Space Telescope – aka, the James Webb Space Telescope – will be using electrostrictive ceramic actuators that can function at low…

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Glass fiber drawing technology to process carbon nanotubes

By / April 28, 2010

According to an ORNL press release, by adapting conventional glass fiber drawing technology to process carbon nanotubes into multichannel assemblies, researchers believe they have the potential to mimic the human…

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Metamaterial discovery could improve light collection for solar cells

By / April 28, 2010

Caltech researchers, led by Harry Atwater, have engineered a type of metamaterial that allows it to bend light in part of the visible spectrum from nearly any angle toward an…

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Earth Day giveaway ends tomorrow!

By / April 28, 2010

Who would pass up the opportunity to win a solar-powered robot, hydro clocks and hydrogen powered remote control cars? Apparently, YOU! Don’t miss this fun opportunity to share your experience…

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Video of the week: Prashant Kumta on nanoceramics for bone regeneration and protein transport

By / April 28, 2010

ACerS Fellow Prashant Kumta has been a pioneer in the use of nanoceramic materials for bone regeneration and to bind and transport proteins and protein-like substances into cells. Kumta, who…

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DOE announces $200M for solar and water power technologies

By / April 22, 2010

In celebration of Earth day, the DOE announced today that it will invest over $200 million to the development of solar and water power technologies. “Expanding the U.S. clean-energy manufacturing…

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Earth Day Review – Photovoltaic energy advances

By / April 22, 2010

Photovoltaic energy systems are getting cheaper and more powerful. Materials researchers are racing to understand energy generation and transfer at the nano and atomic levels. They are also working with…

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Earth Day 2010 Materials Difference Diary: Tell us how new materials are improving the environment – and win!

By / April 22, 2010

Back when Earth Day started 40 years ago, people interested in chemistry, physics and engineering were often associated with gas guzzlers, DDT, napalm and weaponry: Back then, new materials were perceived…

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