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By Eileen De Guire / April 16, 2013

Roll-to-roll coating of electrodes at Fraunhofer IWS: The scientists now have optimized the design of anode and cathode for lithium-sulfur batteries. Credit: Jürgen Leibmann. A longer life for lithium-sulfur batteries There are currently over 40 million cars on Germany’s roads. Only a fraction of them are powered by electric energy—around 6,400 vehicles. The comparatively short…

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Internal curing standards and recent work on extending life of concrete structures

By Eileen De Guire / February 14, 2013

Credit: Purdue University and INDOT Joint Transportation Research Program. Many people in the field of high-performance cements and materials have been working on the goal of improving the performance of structures such as roadways and bridge decks, and recently there have been interesting developments in regard to the use of internal curing (IC) techniques and…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / October 23, 2012

Have a look at what’s happening. MTC reduced, reused, recycled and reorganized their way to an 8,000 square feet expansion of production capability without increasing the building’s footprint. Credit: MTC. Morgan Thermal Ceramics’ Elkhart, IN manufacturing site finds novel way to expand facility Morgan Thermal Ceramics’ Elkhart, Ind., manufacturing site found a way to expand…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / August 27, 2012

These color-enhanced scanning electron microscope images show nanosheets resembling tiny rose petals. The nanosheets are key components of a new type of biosensor that can detect minute concentrations of glucose in saliva, tears and urine. The technology might eventually help to eliminate or reduce the frequency of using pinpricks for diabetes testing. (See second story…

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Gallium nitride shows promise for biomedical implants

By Eileen De Guire / November 14, 2011

Scanning electron microscope image of cell growth on gallium nitride that has been coated with peptides. Credit: Albena Ivanisevic, North Carolina State University. We live in good times, medically speaking. Creaky, painful knees and hips can be replaced. Arteries can be held open with stents. A variety of implants hold us together, stabilize our heartbeats,…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / September 20, 2011

Here’s what we are hearing: Duo’s chemistry makes it possible: natural gas produced from biomass H.C. Starck and Clausthaler Umwelttechnik-Institut (Germany) have joined forces to successfully develop a completely new generation of catalyzers and process technology for the production of substitute natural gas from biomass as a renewable energy source. The two groups have engineered…

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Materials football game of the week: Purdue vs. Rice

By Eileen De Guire / September 8, 2011

The GamePurdue at RiceSept. 10, 3:30 p.m., ET; Houston, Texas Rice begins its 100th football season with a golden “NASAversary” celebration commemorating its 50-year collaboration with the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. In a September 1962 speech at Rice Stadium, President John F. Kennedy said famously, “We choose to go to the moon in…

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Materials-oriented schools make top-25 of BusinessWeek’s ‘best bargain’

By / July 2, 2010

It’s great to see that a large number of schools that we reference in this blog made it to Bloomberg BusinessWeek‘s new list of the top 25 “best bargain” universities, and hopefully this will be a shot in the arm to some of the smaller schools, such as the Colorado School of Mines (#1) and …

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Chuck those napkin drawings – sketch your designs in FEAsy

By / September 2, 2009

Karthik Ramani, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, poses the question that may intrigue anyone trying to work out a new idea: “Say I’m a design engineer working for an automotive company and I want to find out how much stress my conceptual part can withstand. I want to know where to drill…

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Prince Rupert’s Drops

By / April 9, 2009

A beloved classroom demonstration in materials science. The residual stress within the drop gives rise to unique properties that every demonstrator likes to demonstrate: The drop can be hammered on the fat end without breaking, but disintegrates explosively if the tail end is even slightly damaged.

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