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By P. Carlo Ratto / October 30, 2012

• Turkish glass processor Duzce Cam is to install a second float glass line. The company, a subsidiary of Okan Group, signed a contract with Fives Stein at the glasstec event in Dusseldorf, Germany this week. The new float glass line has a capacity of 800 tons per day and will incorporate an LEM furnace,…

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Video: New nuclear fuel rod ‘jacket?’ EWI’s SiC joined-tube samples stable in MIT research reactor for six months

By / October 19, 2012

[flash mode=1 f={image=}] According to EWI researcher Edward Herderick, the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant presents a key question to the materials community. He asks, “Are there materials innovations that can profoundly improve the safety of existing light water reactors?” Herderick, an applications engineer in EWI’s Materials Group (Columbus, Ohio), says…

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State science academy taps Subhash Singhal as its president-elect

By / October 2, 2012

Singhal. Credit: PNNL. Congratulations go out to ACerS Fellow and Battelle Fellow Emeritus Subhash C. Singhal, who has been selected to be the upcoming president of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Singhal has been a leading researcher in the field of solid oxide fuel cells. Although he retired in 2011 as engineer and director of…

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Japan to end nuclear power by 2040; France plans to cut back

By / September 14, 2012

Anti-Nuclear Power Plant Rally on 19 September 2011 This is a bit of a surprise, and I have no idea how this will fully reverberate through the scientific and technical communities, but Japan and France apparently have made major decisions to back away from a reliance on nuclear power, and in the case of the…

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Ten videos by NSF-NBC explain ‘Science of the Summer Olympics’

By Eileen De Guire / July 13, 2012

The series of videos by NSF-NBC delves into the unique biomechanics of athletes, and how technology still has much to learn from human achievement. Credit: NBC Universal via NSF. One of the most popular undergraduate courses in materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University is on sports and materials. The late professor and metallurgist, Gary…

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Bulletin Aug. 2007 Vol 86, No. 8 Online-only papers

By Eileen De Guire / March 12, 2012

“Bismuth-Substituted Barium Titanate Thin Films Prepared Using Chemical Solution Deposition“The effect of heating rate on c/a ratio and microstructure of(Ba0.99Bi0.01)TiO3 ferroelectric film successfully prepared using a chemical solution deposition process was studied. Haiyan He “Chemical Solution Deposition of Manganese Titanate Films“A change of resistance of 2300% for a humidity change of 11.3–95% was observed in…

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Bulletin Jan 2007 Vol 86, No. 1 Online-only papers

By Eileen De Guire / March 11, 2012

“Densification and Grain Growth of Microwave-Sintered Zinc Oxide Varistors”Microwave sintering of ZnO varistor materials can be accomplished at lower temperatures and can decrease grain growth, when compared with conventional sintering methods.Cong Lin, Zheng Xu, Hu Peng and Dan-Feng Sun “Microwave Hybrid Sintering of Mullite Powders”Microstructures of microwave-sintered samples were more homogeneous and displayed a narrower…

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Making ferroelectric nanorocks with an atomic force microscope hammer

By Eileen De Guire / February 7, 2012

Ferroelectric lead titanate nanodots were shattered using an atomic force microscope tip to make nanodots less than 10 nm diameter. Credit: Son and Jung, JACerS; Wiley. Jim O’Neil, a fellow graduate student a good while ago, liked to say, “Ceramic engineering is all about making big rocks into little rocks, and then making little rocks into…

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MS&T’11 plenary session features NSF director, Nobel Prize winner

By Eileen De Guire / September 7, 2011

Here’s a plug for a great event coming up in just about a month. The  Materials, Science and Technology 2011 Conference & Exhibition will host an outstanding plenary session, “Grasping Excellence: Opportunities for Science and Engineering Research, Education and Workforce Development in the United States,” featuring presentations for four of the top names in US…

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New ACerS/Wiley Download Direct program for ACerS members

By Eileen De Guire / July 14, 2011

Articles from the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, and the International Journal of Applied Glass Science can be downloaded free by ACerS members. ACerS’ publishing partner Wiley is making a limited number of free article downloads from their comprehensive Online Library (each valued at $30) available to…

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