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Sick of the brick? Piezoelectric transformers poised to shrink power converters

By April Gocha / February 29, 2016

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and Solid State Ceramics Inc. have modified hard-piezoceramic materials to realize the potential of piezoelectric transformers—which hold promise to reduce size and boost the efficiency of consumer electronic devices.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / August 28, 2015

CoorsTek expands medical-grade ceramics, PPG donates to Penn State Materials Research, and more ceramics and glass business news of the week for August 28, 2015.

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NSF-supported center to partner with industry in advancing, expanding materials research

By Jessica McMathis / March 11, 2014

The National Science Foundation is providing $830,000 for the creation of the a new Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP), which will be co-located at Penn State University and North Carolina State University.

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New class of optical fiber developed at Penn State; ZnSe waveguide cores open infrared spectrum

By Eileen De Guire / March 16, 2011

a) Schematic of the HPCVD process, where a high pressure precursor mixture is configured to flow into a capillary (left). When the capillary is heated, well-developed annular films are deposited. Unreacted precursors, carrier gas, and reaction byproducts are carried out of the fiber (right). b) Diascopically illuminated optical micrograph from the side showing the transparent,…

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Video of the Week: Titanium dioxide to convert optical energy to mechanical energy

By / June 2, 2010

[flash preview=force] In a recent interview with Nanowerk, Ayusman Sen, a professor at the Department of Chemistry at Penn State, explained how he uses titanium dioxide to convert optical energy to mechanical energy via photocatalysis. The team’s findings were published recently in Advanced Functional Materials. “The whole system consists only of titania, water, sometimes…

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Video of the Week: Dinesh Agrawal on microwave energy applied the processing of ceramic, metal and composite materials

By / May 12, 2010

[flash mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/agrawal_microwaves.jpg}] In this video, Dinesh Agrawal, professor of materials and director the Penn State’s Microwave Processing and Engineering Center, provides an overview of the growing use of microwaves to make a variety of products and materials at faster rates, cheaper processing costs and, often, with improved properties. As Agrawal notes in a…

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Video of the week: Pantano links the art and science of glass

By / January 20, 2010

  ACerS member Carlo Pantano, director of the Materials Research Institute, and Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University, is a nationally known expert on the science and engineering of glass. But Pantano also knows about the artistic side of the material, too, and uses this as a way to link…

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