Ceramic Tech Today

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…

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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…

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ACerS members featured in NY Times glass strength story

By / July 9, 2009

The New York Times has discovered materials science! The newspaper recently published a nice story on the scientific advancements being made to strengthen glass for the ever expanding use of…

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Recent industry headlines

By / July 8, 2009

RUSNANO to produce abrasive resistant parts using nanostructured ceramic and metal-ceramic materials The Supervisory Council has approved RUSNANO participation in setting up the production of abrasive resistant parts using nano-structured…

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Video of the week – S.K. Sundaram on the use of non-contact methods, such as FTIR, to measure materials properties

By / July 8, 2009

S.K. Sundaram is chief materials scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Lab. In this short video, he discusses several non-contact methods of taking materials measurements. In particular, Sundaram describes the…

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Bismuth-telluride discovery brings spintronics devices closer

By / July 7, 2009

Researchers at the DOE’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University think they have a nifty new material that could unleash a new generation of spintronics applications, providing quicker and…

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Aerogel’s potential to mop up oil spills

By / July 7, 2009

Aerogel, sometimes referred to as “frozen smoke,” could one day mop up oil spills and filter wastewater because of its super absorbent, sponge-like qualities. Nanogel, a branded aerogel made of…

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Video of long-life lithium battery pack

By / July 6, 2009

Following on the heels of Ann’s post about PolyPlus’s lithium-air, single-use, long-shelf-life battery, I thought I’d post this video from 2008 of a demonstration of Mphase Technologies’ battery that has…

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Waterproof lithium-air batteries

By / July 6, 2009

A company based in Berkeley, Calif., is developing lightweight, high-energy, single-use batteries that can use the surrounding air as a cathode. PolyPlus is currently developing these lithium metal-air batteries for…

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Top 25 institutions ranked for alternative energy research

By / July 3, 2009

Elsevier, publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, announced the results of its SciVal Spotlight Alternative Energy Research Leadership study. Analyzing the work of 3,000 research institutions world-wide, the study…

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