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‘A journey in the field of ceramic matrix composites’—Roger Naslain

By Eileen De Guire / June 29, 2016

Michael Presby, a Ph.D. student from the University of Akron (Ohio) reflects on what he learned from Roger Naslain’s presentation (University of Bordeaux, France), which highlighted five key steps in the field of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) that where significant milestones in the development and optimization of CMCs and their properties.

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Arachnophobic? Latest spider-related scientific breakthroughs could quell your fears

By Stephanie Liverani / October 30, 2015

Researchers from the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Blacksburg, Va.) are getting closer to developing next-generation smart adhesives, thanks to clues from a specific type of spider silk.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / July 15, 2013

  What is glass? Keck Foundation award supports University of Akron research Three University of Akron researchers hoping to uncover the mysteries of glass formation have received a $1 million grant from the prestigious and highly selective W.M. Keck Foundation. This is the first Keck Foundation grant issued to an Ohio research team in more…

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‘Print’ a house? Why not! Plus, ‘Rust Belt’ region awarded pilot institute for additive manufacturing

By Eileen De Guire / August 17, 2012

If you are thinking of building a new home for your family, you might want to watch this TEDx talk by a USC professor who has engineered a way to build a house using additive manufacturing methods. Wowser! I thought this technology was for smallish stuff, like electronics, bones or coffee cups. Behrokh Khoshnevis, though,…

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Strategies for funding university scientific research: economizing, collaborating and specializing

By Eileen De Guire / August 30, 2011

The new Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratory will be housed in the University of Akron’s new engineering research building. Credit: University of Akron. Back in July, the top story in national news was the budget and the debate over the debt ceiling. In the 11th hour Congress and the president came to an agreement that raised…

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MemPro’s ceramic catalytic converters get NSF boost

By / November 17, 2009

According to a press release, MemPro was recently awarded another Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Science Foundation for $147,000 — bringing the total the company has received from NSF to $847,000. Typical catalytic converters rely on expensive metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium, so industry has long looked for a way…

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Learning from lizards how to improve dry adhesives

By / October 28, 2008

What can a team of highly trained researchers from four different U.S. universities learn from the feet of a gecko lizard? According to the researchers, how to improve carbon nanotube-based material so that, for the first time, it demonstrates “directionally varied (anisotropic) adhesive force” and gripping power nearly three times the level of existing nanotube…

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