What works for penguins could work for planes: Secrets of the feather show how to prevent ice formation

By April Gocha / December 21, 2015

New research shows that when it comes to anti-icing surfaces, the animal world’s most dapper creatures have a few tricks on their flippers.

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Lego Ideas goes nanoscale to build interest in materials science and engineering

By April Gocha / August 19, 2015

Lego Ideas, the toy company’s platform for crowd-sourced ideas for new Lego sets, has ventured into the materials science and engineering world.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / March 26, 2013

Nanowire crystals used as the solar cells. SEM image of GaAs nanowire crystal grown on a silicon substrate. Credit: Krogstrup et al., Niels Bohr Institute. Nanowire solar cells raise efficiency limit Scientists from the Nano-Science Center at the Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark, and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, have shown that a single GaAs…

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What Peter saw in the Ceramographic exhibit

By / October 20, 2011

Every year, ACerS Basic Science Division sponsors a Ceramographic Exhibit & Competition and presents the Roland B. Snow Award to the Best of Show winner. This annual poster exhibit helps promote the use of microscopy and microanalysis as tools in the scientific investigation of ceramic materials. The competition is held during the ACerS Annual Meeting and…

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Dead bugs, cat hair, air filter…what would you view under a scanning electron microscope?

By / June 9, 2010

If you had a chance to view anything under the most powerful microscope, what would it be? A flower? Rotting food? Lightning bug? An old toothbrush? Or, better yet, maybe some ceramic material you are interested in? Here at CTT – through the generosity of one of our friends in the microscopy field – we…

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Electrophoretic Codeposition of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3−delta and Carbon Nanotubes for Developing Composite Cathodes for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

By / January 28, 2010

Volume 7 Issue 1, Pages 30 – 40 Maria J. Santillán, Alberto Caneiro, Francisco C. Lovey, Nancy Quaranta, Aldo R. BoccacciniPublished Online: Jul 29 2009 3:55PM DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7402.2009.02413.x ABSTRACT Carbon nanotubes (CNTs)/La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3−δ (LSCF) composite films have been fabricated by electrophoretic codeposition on Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (CGO) substrates. CNTs are used as a sacrificial phase to produce ordered…

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Industry headlines

By / July 25, 2009

Carbo Ceramics relocates its headquarters The company’s new offices are located at Energy Center II, 575 N. Dairy Ashford, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77079. The company’s new phone number is (281) 921-6400. Sales and technical staff will remain in Irving, Texas to address the needs of locally based clients. Heason wins order for French synchrotron nanoscale manipulator,…

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ORNL confirms Spaniards’ ionic conductivity ‘superhighway’ that may boost SOFCs

By / September 15, 2008

Investigators at the Oak Ridge National Lab have confirmed startling characteristics in a solid electrolyte material we reported on several weeks ago, one that should allow solid oxide fuel cells to operate at temperatures hundreds of degrees lower than what is currently possible and boost the practicality of solid-oxide fuel cells. To recap, a research…

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