Ceramic Tech Today

Miscellaneous industry headlines

By / June 24, 2009

SCI Engineered Materials receives $1 million thin film solar order Thresher Industries selects the Cal Poly’s materials engineering program to set up testing protocol Bekaert introduces one-piece rotatable AZO target at Intersolar North America 2009 Natural History Museum of London acquires an Asylum MFP-3D Stand Alone AFM

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VW gearing up to produce world’s most economic car

By / June 23, 2009

Volkswagen is gearing up for a limited production of the VW-1L, named for its ability to travel 100 km on 1 L of gas, or 285 mi. per gallon. A press release from the company states that the car, measuring in at 4.1 feet wide, 11.4 feet long and just over 3 feet tall, features…

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Harnessing jet streams

By / June 23, 2009

Wired Magazine reported last week that 28 years of wind data from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and the Department of Energy have been analyzed to study geographical distributions, persistency of winds, intermittency issues and global climate effects of large-scale energy extraction of high-altitude winds. The analysis titled “Global Assessment of High Altitude Wind…

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Proposal for new space heat shield

By / June 22, 2009

As NASA and other space agencies send space vehicles on missions that bring them closer and closer to the sun, one problem is finding improved heat shields. Recently, a group from Johns Hopkins University announced it has some innovations to offer for near-solar environments, using a shield with an alumina optical surface. Their research is…

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Polymer capacitors to match Li-ion batteries?

By / June 22, 2009

New developments give hope for producing capacitors with the same energy density performance as lithium-ion batteries. Researchers at Eamex Corp. of Osaka, Japan, announced that they have produced a solid polymer capacitor with a greater electrode surface area in order to achieve a performance of up to 600 watt hours per liter. Eamex says it…

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The world’s first controllable molecular gear

By / June 19, 2009

Researchers in Singapore have advanced the science of nanotechnology by becoming the first in the world to invent a molecular gear of only 1.2 nm in size whose rotation can be deliberately controlled. This achievement was published on June 14 in Nature Materials. The gear is made of carbon compounds and can freely rotate around…

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Center to leverage NC nanobiotech research

By / June 18, 2009

The Center of Innovation in Nanobiotechnology, located in North Carolina, is going to be using a new $2.5 million grant to bring to market some of the biotech discoveries being made at universities in the state. The grant – which actually represents a “Phase II” grant – is from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. NCBC…

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Vertical-axis turbines may find a home inside transmission towers

By / June 18, 2009

Wind turbines aren’t exactly a “next generation” idea, but three French designers have introduced an innovative pairing of wind turbines and preexisting electrical-transmission towers. Architects Nicola Delon and Julien Choppin, and engineer Raphaël Ménard’s vertical-axis turbines were awarded architecture and design magazine Metropolis‘ 2009 Next Generation prize. This year’s theme was titled: Fix Our Energy…

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Philippines launches 10-year nano initiative

By / June 18, 2009

The online version of the Philippines-based Inquirer newspaper reported yesterday that the nation is going to attempt to jump start itself into the nanotechnology business. The publication says that the Philippine’s Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development Council (DOST-PCASTRD) has developed a 10-year strategy to create a…

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Video of the week – SLAC’s X-ray laser achieves “first light”

By / June 17, 2009

Materials research got a great new tool in late April when the Linac Coherent Light Source high-energy laser came to life at the SLAC National Accelerator Lab in Menlo Park, Calif. The LCLS provides the world’s brightest, shortest pulses of “hard” X-rays that will be used for studying and understanding the arrangement of atoms in…

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