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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / September 9, 2013

Other materials stories that may be of interest.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / August 20, 2013

‘Poisoning’ increases magnesium corrosion resistance Scientists have found a way to dramatically increase the corrosion resistance of magnesium: adding arsenic. The lightest structural metal, magnesium has many potential industrial applications but is limited by poor corrosion resistance. A group of researchers from Australia’s Monash University and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, and the University…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Jim Destefani / July 12, 2013

EU looks to tighten refractory ceramic fiber regulations In June, the European Chemicals Agency recommended that both alumina-silica and zirconia-alumina-silica refractory ceramic fibers be included under the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulations. If confirmed by the European Commission later this year, future use of RCF in Europe will be subject to…

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Simulation, 3D printing combine to duplicate (or improve!) natural materials

By Jim Destefani / June 25, 2013

The brick-and-mortar pattern of MIT’s simulated bone and nacre material doesn’t look much like the real thing. Credit: M. Buehler/MIT; photo by Graham Bratzel. For an observer of science and technology topics (OK, for this observer, anyway), it can be fascinating to watch how the fertile minds of researchers work to combine multiple technologies, which…

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3D printing of microbatteries

By Jim Destefani / June 21, 2013

Micro Li-ion battery (SEM view above) is manufactured using 3D printing to deposit anode and cathode materials (red and purple, respectively) on gold contacts. The stack is then encased and electrolyte solution is added. Credit: Ke Sun, Bok Yeop Ahn, Jennifer Lewis, Shen J. Dillon Researchers from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and…

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Smart materials get SMARTer: Self-powered, homeostatic nanomaterials that actively self-regulate in response to environmental change

By / July 13, 2012

This is a schematic of the temperature-regulating SMARTS displaying a C-M feedback loop, in which mechanical action of T-responsive gel is coupled with an exothermic reaction. The sideview schematic and top-view microscope images depict “on-off” states of the reaction in the top layer. Credit: Laboratory of Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.…

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