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Range of topics inspire lively discussions, enthusiasm at MCARE 2018

By Jonathon Foreman / August 31, 2018

Nearly two hundred people from 25 countries converged in Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 20–23, for Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE 2018). The conference inspired a variety of discussions and a lot of enthusiasm.

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Apple’s new robot, Daisy, recycles high-quality materials from up to 200 devices per hour

By April Gocha / April 24, 2018

In an effort to increase its sustainability and materials recycling efforts, Apple just unveiled a new robotic iPhone disassembly system, Daisy, that can separate and recover valuable materials from used iPhone devices in a matter of minutes.

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Analysis suggests no short-term supply obstacles for battery materials, although risks persist

By April Gocha / October 20, 2017

According to a new analysis by researchers at MIT, University of California Berkeley, and Rochester Institute of Technology, adequate supply of critical lithium-ion battery materials lithium, cobalt, manganese, graphite, and nickel should not disrupt battery production, at least in the short term.

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Raw materials on everybody’s mind at UNITECR 2017 in Santiago, Chile

By Eileen De Guire / October 4, 2017

The refractory community met at UNITECR 2017 in Santiago, Chile, the last week of September. Raw material prices and trends, as well as advances in technology, were at the forefront.

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What’s really inside your smartphone: A pile of raw minerals and serious social consequences

By April Gocha / August 22, 2017

According to a laboratory compositional analysis, the elemental recipe for a 129-g Apple iPhone includes about 24.1% aluminum, 15.4% carbon, 14.4% iron, and 14.5% oxygen by weight. And altogether, that pile of smartphone powder—ground from a $700 device—has a raw elemental value of about $1.03.

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Boron carbide for lightweight ceramic armor, and more inside August ACerS Bulletin

By April Gocha / July 20, 2017

The August 2017 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles about boron carbide for lightweight ceramic armor, an update on German ceramic R&D activities, and where big data meets materials science—is now available online.

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Glass microspheres hollow out a niche for anticounterfeiting strategies—and much more—inside August ACerS Bulletin

By April Gocha / July 21, 2016

The August issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring stories about hollow glass microspheres for anti-counterfeiting strategies, the annual mineral commodities summary, processing of kaolin clay into low-dielectric-constant ceramics, and choosing the right kiln—is now available online.

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Aluminum–cerium alloy has potential to jump-start rare-earth production in the US

By April Gocha / June 13, 2016

A team of scientists from Oak Ridge National Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Eck Industries has developed a new super-strong aluminum alloy that incorporates cerium—and it just may be able to restart mining of rare-earth elements in the United States.

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Bioactive glasses burgeon into soft tissue applications—and other stories—in the August ACerS Bulletin

By April Gocha / July 23, 2015

The August issue of the ACerS Bulletin, now available online, features a cover story all about bioactive glasses for soft tissue applications.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / June 26, 2015

NexTech scores NASA contract, Sacmi and Sasil transform glass waste into raw materials, and more ceramics and glass business news of the week for June 26, 2015.

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