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Move over, ceramics: New materials combine flexibility and ferroelectricity

By April Gocha / February 7, 2017

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with researchers at Northwestern University have discovered that some organic ferroelectric materials are composed of crystal planes that atomically slide past one another, providing them with flexibility.

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Layered perovskites surprise scientists with disappearing polarity under strain

By April Gocha / July 28, 2016

A team of scientists at Northwestern University has discovered that some ferroelectric materials are hiding a surprise. Layered perovskites don’t conform to conventional wisdom—instead, these materials completely turn off polarization if enough strain is applied to them.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / December 29, 2015

New techniques for MEMS, GaN building blocks, and other materials stories that may be of interest for December 29, 2015.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / February 1, 2013

Here is what we are hearing: Energy secretary resigning from Obama Cabinet (cnn.com) Energy Secretary Steven Chu will resign from President Barack Obama’s Cabinet in coming weeks, he told Energy Department staff in a letter on Friday. Chu, who turns 65 this month, was a leading advocate in the Obama administration for alternative energy development, making…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / August 9, 2011

Here’s what we’re hearing: Corning prepares to again produce missile nosecones They called them Falcon, Hawk, Tartar, Sidewinder, Sparrow and Svenska. They were missiles that used one of Corning Inc.’s most successful defense products of the 1950s and 1960s: glass-ceramic radomes. The radomes, made of Corning’s proprietary Pyroceram materials, were nosecones that allowed missiles in…

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Ceramic and glass business news from this week

By / March 10, 2011

Here is what we are hearing: CoorsTek invests $3 million in EmiSense Technologies (pdf) EmiSense Technologies, LLC today announced it has closed its second round of funding. The investment round was led by corporate investor CoorsTek, and included company management. EmiSense will use the US$3M in new funding to expand product development and support validation…

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