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Improving toughness of nanocrystalline ceramics

By Faye Oney / July 10, 2018

Researchers have demonstrated a new toughening mechanism for nanoceramics by studying weak interfaces in nanocrystalline ceramics. Their method could improve impact resistance without compromising functional properties.

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PACRIM12–GOMD viewed through the lens of youth

By Eileen De Guire / June 6, 2017

University of North Dakota assistant professor, Surojit Gupta, has made it his mission to help grad students attend ACerS conferences. Six students who attended PACRIM12–GOMD in Hawaii—with NSF funding from Gupta—report on their experiences.

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PacRim forum takes mystery out of journal publishing

By Eileen De Guire / June 4, 2017

[image above] Lunch sponsored by Saint-Gobain made efficient use of the lunchtime publishing workshop. Credit: ACerS By Hui Li University of California, Davis Now in the third year of my Ph.D. life in materials science, PACRIM12 is the first time that I got the chance to attend a science conference in the field as a…

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Coming in August—NSF career development workshop for young academics

By Eileen De Guire / June 18, 2013

  Lane Martin will be one of the speakers at a NSF-sponsored workshop for young faculty in August. Credit: ACerS.   In a few weeks—August 13–14— the National Science Foundation’s Division of Materials Research’s Ceramics Program is sponsoring a professional development workshop that will be held in conjunction with the International Conference and Exhibition on…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / July 3, 2012

Georgia Tech researchers pose with a computer model of graphene oxide’s structure and the chemical species that become part of it. Shown are (l-r, first row) Elisa Riedo and Suenne Kim, (l-r, second row) Angelo Bongiorno, Claire Berger and Si Zhou. Credit: Gary Meek, Georgia Tech. Take a look: Metastable material: Study shows availability of…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / May 29, 2012

Bed made to float with neodymium magnets. Credit: mememetatata; imgur. Check ’em out: Tiny chip could test for latent TB faster Biomedical engineers at UC Davis have developed a microfluidic chip to test for latent tuberculosis. They hope the test will be cheaper, faster and more reliable than current testing for the disease. The researchers used…

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Mechanism offered for how seawater could corrode nuclear fuel

By / January 31, 2012

Damaged seawater pump used to cool cores of Fukushima-Daiichi reactors. Credit: IAEA Image Bank. When Japanese officials acted out of desperation and used seawater to cool the cores at the Fukushima-Daiichi reactors last year, it looks like they made the right call. But, others that might be tempted to use seawater to cool fuel rods in…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / January 28, 2012

Computer simulations show that metal oxides in water go through many short-lived shapes and structures (see story below). Credit: William Casey, UC Davis. Check ’em out: Scorpions inspire scientists in making tougher surfaces for machinery Researchers studied the bumps and grooves on the scorpions’ backs, scanning the creatures with a 3D laser device and developing…

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LED disposal safety questioned

By / February 28, 2011

Credit: Piccolo Namek, Wikipedia. I really had intended to give the topic of LEDs a rest for a while. But while catching up on some reading, I came across a story suggesting that, while LEDs have performance advantages over incandescents and CFLs, one can’t assume that LEDs are free from disposal problems. In fact, the…

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Ceramists shed new light on amorphous calcium carbonate changes, effects of CO2 storage

By / September 9, 2010

Schematic of proposed CO2 underground storage by Spectra Energy in western Canada. With several proposals related to the conversion of sequestered CO2 to carbonates being considered by the science community, a team of University of California at Davis researchers say their new discoveries about the transformational and crystallization of amorphous calcium carbonate will help fill…

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