green manufacturing

Zero waste: European project revamps ceramic tile manufacturing to completely eliminate waste

By April Gocha / July 11, 2016

A European project called LIFECERAM—coordinated by the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica of the Universitat Jaime I of Castellón in Spain and including Spanish Association of Ceramic Tile and Paving Manufacturers and several commercial partners—has reached an important milestone towards its goal of achieving absolutely zero waste in ceramic tile manufacturing.

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Scaling up and going green—Oak Ridge Lab develops biofermentation technique to manufacture zinc sulfide quantum dots

By April Gocha / July 8, 2016

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) have developed a new process that turns to bacteria to manufacture semiconductor nanoparticles, harnessing the bacteria in giant reactors to manufacture zinc sulfide quantum dots via nanofermentation.

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The more brittle, the better—Defects key to ‘greener’ concrete manufacturing practices

By Stephanie Liverani / April 12, 2016

Researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, say looking at defects could be key to ‘greener’ concrete production that will reduce concrete manufacturing’s impact on climate change.

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Video: New ‘green’ method for large-scale silica production gives agricultural waste a purpose

By Stephanie Liverani / April 6, 2016

Is rice ash the key to ‘greener’ silica production? ACerS member Richard Laine, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, explains his new clean, cost-efficient method for large-scale manufacture of silica.

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Japanese company Spiber partners with North Face to spin synthetic spider silk into first-of-its-kind bioengineered parka

By Stephanie Liverani / November 17, 2015

Japanese company Spiber has joined forces with high-performance sportswear outfitter The North Face to create a parka made from genetically engineered spider silk fiber—the first garment of its kind.

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Eileen’s five fave CTT posts in 2012 (and her liberal interpretation of the number five)

By Eileen De Guire / December 31, 2012

Background image: Molten glass. Credit: Michael Germann; Peter and I thought it would be fun to share our five favorite posts from 2012. Finding that choosing only five was nigh impossible, I decided to sort my picks into three categories, which instantly grew my budget to 15 stories! External forces Advances in science and…

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Don’t wait in line for coffee: How to know where the business opportunity is

By Eileen De Guire / September 14, 2012

There are two ways to guess what the future holds: Gaze into the crystal ball or find a guide who knows the terrain. Credit: ACerS. At my office we have a large, glass crystal ball. It is a stunning and beautiful piece. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could invite ACerS members to gaze into…

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Green tech processing, manufacturing symposium keeps going strong

By / February 24, 2011

Printing solar cells. Credit: Nanosolar. I received a note from the organizers of Green Technologies for Materials Manufacturing and Processing symposium that will be part of this fall’s Materials Science & Technology 2011 conference. Tatsuki Ohji (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science), Mrityunjay Singh (Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center), Richard D. Sisson (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Center…

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Ford to pump $450M into battery technology for electric cars

By / January 25, 2010

Having just announced that they will be spending $550 million converting a Detroit SUV factory into a hybrid and electric vehicle factory, Ford Motors has announced a further investment of $450 million into electric cars and batteries. Part of the money will be used to move lithium-ion battery production from its current location in Mexico…

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