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Visualizing atoms at grain boundaries: Atom probe tomography gets into oxides

By April Gocha / May 2, 2016

Researchers at Colorado School of Mines and the University of Florida are well on their way to solving grain boundaries’ secrets—the team recently achieved unprecedented atom-by-atom visualization of the chemical composition of grain boundaries.

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ACerS announces 2014 Distinguished Life Members, Class of Fellows

By Eileen De Guire / May 22, 2014

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) recently announced its 2014 Distinguished Life Members and Class of Fellows.

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Hench to receive Toledo Glass & Ceramic Award

By Eileen De Guire / February 25, 2013

Hench. Credit: Imperial College. The Michigan/NW Ohio Section of The American Ceramic Society just announced that the recipient of the 2013 Toledo Glass & Ceramic Award is Larry Hench. The award will be given on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at The Toledo Club in downtown Toledo, Ohio. There will be a social hour starting at 6:00 p.m. followed…

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NSF professional development workshop for assistant professors and postdocs

By Eileen De Guire / July 26, 2012

Juan Nino, associate professor at the University of Florida, describes his research at an NSF workshop for principle investigators in June. The NSF is sponsoring another workshop in August early-career faculty and postdoctoral researchers. Credit: ACerS. If you are an assistant professor or postdoctoral associate with research experience, you may want to set aside a…

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Ceramic materials as enablers of clean and green technologies

By Eileen De Guire / March 23, 2012

Materials engineering will drive development of the next generation of energy efficient vehicles. Credit: Wikipedia. News is ubiquitous about efforts and advances in the realm of energy, often in the context of transportation, environmental impact and efficiency. Just yesterday, for example, President Obama announced $14.2 million in new DOE funding to develop lightweight materials for…

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ARPA-E awards $37.3M for disruptive thermal storage innovations, materials

By / October 13, 2011

Abengoa, designer of novel concentrating solar power towers, is a participant in several new ARPA-E funded projects for storing thermal energy. Credit: Abengoa Last week Eileen reported on ARPA-E’s new awards in rare-earth alternative technologies. This week I thought I would take a look at APRA-E’s $37.3 million initiative to find a disruptive thermal storage…

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New rules of engagement for universities leveraging IP assets?

By / September 13, 2011

BioPontis Alliance’s business model. Credit: BioPontis Alliance. I don’t know how generic the situation is (but I suspect it’s similar in materials fields), but a story in Nature Biotechnology—”New models emerge for commercializing university assets,” by Nuala Moran (doi:10.1038/nbt0911-774)—describes some of the dilemmas and responses universities and private industries engaged in biotech development are coming…

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Materials-oriented schools make top-25 of BusinessWeek’s ‘best bargain’

By / July 2, 2010

It’s great to see that a large number of schools that we reference in this blog made it to Bloomberg BusinessWeek‘s new list of the top 25 “best bargain” universities, and hopefully this will be a shot in the arm to some of the smaller schools, such as the Colorado School of Mines (#1) and …

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Video of the week: Jack Mecholsky on using fractal geometry to study ceramic materials

By / November 27, 2009

[flash https://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jack_mecholsky.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jack_mecholsky.jpg}] John (Jack) Mecholsky is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida. Mecholsky is also past member of the ACerS Board of Directors. Mecholsky is associated with the Dental Biomaterials Program, Biomedical Engineering, and the Veterinary College. His research focuses on biomaterials, fractal…

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