Nanoscale bottles protect fatty acid payloads

By Lisa McDonald / August 23, 2019

Fatty acids, although biodegradable and biocompatible, experience poor dispersibility and stability under physiological conditions, hindering their application as drug-carrying materials. Researchers at Georgia Tech and Shandong University created silica-based nanocapsules that safely carry drug-containing fatty acids to a targeted destination.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 28, 2018

Sulphur-based batteries, ceramics for fire-resistant cladding core, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 28, 2018.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Faye Oney / August 31, 2018

Daicel offering free nanodiamonds to researchers, Murata invests in MEMS sensor manufacturing, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for August 31, 2018.

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Sea sponges use protein filament to pattern silica deposition and build intricate glass spicules

By April Gocha / October 24, 2017

New research shows that sea sponges use an internal protein filament to catalyze silica deposition, ultimately determining the shape of their uniquely structured glass spicules.

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Looming threat of sand scarcity is masked by mirage of a nearly limitless natural resource

By April Gocha / October 3, 2017

There’s a looming sand scarcity that’s being hidden by the mirage of endless sand supply, according to the authors of a new perspective article published in Science. According to their research, sand scarcity is such an imminent threat that we now need to develop a global sand governance strategy.

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Video: Silica layer enables tuning of structural colors for biocompatible pigments that don’t fade in tattoos, paints, foods, and more

By April Gocha / September 20, 2017

Researchers report a simple method to manufacture biocompatible structural colors using only melanin and silica. The silica shell provides a buffer layer of tunable thickness that allows customization of the particular color, offering the potential to fabricate a new breed of long-lasting pigments that don’t fade.

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Sea sponges resist buckling by building optimally engineered glass toothpicks

By April Gocha / January 24, 2017

Researchers at Brown University have taken a closer look at the orange puffball sea sponge’s silica spicules and found that they, too, have evolved a precisely engineered design that provides the structures with maximal strength.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / October 5, 2016

Harnessing possibilities of the nanoworld, food additive boosts solar cells, and other materials stories that may be of interest for October 5, 2016.

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Diatoms serve as tiny silica scaffolds for inexpensive and scalable growth of molybdenum disulfide flakes

By April Gocha / September 26, 2016

Researchers at the University of Manchester in the U.K. have devised a strategy that gives new use to diatom shells, using the silica shells as scaffolds for building atomic sheets of molybdenum disulfide.

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International focus on France, ACerS strategic initiatives, and meeting OSHA’s silica regulations—all inside new issue of ACerS Bulletin

By April Gocha / September 23, 2016

The October/November issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles on the ceramic and glass industry in France, ACerS president’s update on the Society’s strategic initiatives, and how new silica regulations will affect workplaces—is now available online.

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