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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / January 11, 2013

Here is what we are hearing: Netzsch to supply SpaceX’s thermal analysis lab Netzsch Instruments North America LLC is proud to announce that it is currently the sole supplier to Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of high temperature thermal analysis instruments used to characterize material properties for space applications. SpaceX was founded in 2002 by…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / February 28, 2012

Check ’em out: CMOS-based carbon nanotube pass-transistor logic integrated circuits (Nature Communications) Field-effect transistors based on carbon nanotubes have been shown to be faster and less energy consuming than their silicon counterparts. However, ensuring these advantages are maintained for integrated circuits is a challenge. Here we demonstrate that a significant reduction in the use of…

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Toughened, flexible silica aerogel? Joint Japanese–Chinese group shows how to do it

By / January 31, 2012

Demonstration of the flexibility of cellulose–silica composite aerogel. Credit: J. Cai et al.; Angewandte Chemie. This sounds like the type of breakthrough aerogel fans have yearning for. A newly published paper in Angewandte Chemie reports on an Asian group’s success at using cellulose fibers as a scaffold/template for a resultant silica aerogel that delivers a product…

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Another step towards practical superinsulation? Cabot launches new aerogel additives for coatings

By / March 29, 2011

Cabot’s Enova 3110 aerogel particles. Credit: Cabot. In my mind, the holy grail for thermal insulation is a practical (i.e, inexpensive and easy to use) product that incorporates silica-based aerogel, and, at first glance, Cabot’s new Enova line of aerogel particles appears to be a step in the right direction. Bulk silica aerogel is a…

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Birdair to show aerogel membrane roofing systems

By / March 24, 2009

Although there is a tendency to associate aerogel with more exotic applications, one of the frustrations has been finding ways to incorporate the temperamental material into common large-scale manufacturing and applications, such as insulation. Some enterprises, however, are plugging away at the problems and are succeeding in making greater use of aerogel. One example is…

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