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Materials magic trick, Act III—Self-destructing electronics disappear before your very eyes

By April Gocha / June 10, 2015

University of Illinois researchers have innovated a solution to the enormous piles of electronics waste piling up around the world—electronics that self-destruct on command.

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St. Louis/RCD symposium celebrated golden anniversary milestone

By Eileen De Guire / March 28, 2014

A recap from the St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division meeting that took place this week (March 26–27, 2014) highlights top-notch technical presentations on refractory binding systems and two milestone anniversaries.

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PZT flexible thin films for biologically-powered medical devices

By April Gocha / February 7, 2014

Research collaboration develops lead zirconate titanate (PZT) flexible thin films for biologically-powered medical devices.

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Update: Novel methods of synthesizing amorphous calcium phosphate for biomedical applications

By April Gocha / February 7, 2014

A. Cuneyt Tas reports novel methods for the deposition of amorphous calcium phosphate on titanium.

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Reflections on MFG Day, the media, and 3D (or more) printing

By Jim Destefani / October 4, 2013

An acknowledgment of US MFG Day, and a look at the current state of additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology, including its use of ceramic materials.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / August 27, 2013

3D graphene to replace platinum in dye-sensitized solar apps? Dye-sensitized solar cells are thin, flexible, easy to make, and efficient. However, they use platinum, and, at $1,500 an ounce, the cost of the precious metal is significant even in the small quantities used in dye-sensitized cells. Now researchers at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, have developed…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / May 7, 2013

New mechanism converts natural gas to energy faster, captures CO2 Chemical engineering researchers have identified a new mechanism to convert natural gas into energy up to 70 times faster, while effectively capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. “This could make power generation from natural gas both cleaner and more efficient,” says Fanxing Li, coauthor of…

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Video: Creating ultrasharp STM, AFM probes for superior resolution and durability

By / July 10, 2012

Researchers at the University of Illinois have literally made a pointed improvement in microscopic probe tips. Led by Joe Lyding, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, the investigators developed a new microscope probe-sharpening technique that can improve and retain the resolution of  scanning tunneling atomic force microscopy and improve the workflow by cutting tip replacement downtime. According…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / October 11, 2011

Check ’em out: US firm uses solar power to recover oil reserves A new technology to increase oil production is being tested on one of US’s oldest oil fields in one of the largest demonstration projects of its kind. The new project was launched by Chevron Technology Ventures at the Coalinga Field in California. More…

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Customizing medical prostheses with mathematics and additive manufacturing

By Eileen De Guire / July 25, 2011

Topological optimization can be used to custom design prosthetic implants. Credit: Image created by Janet Sinn-Hanlon, Beckman ITG, University of Illinois Mathematics—the common language of science and engineering—often proves to be the doorway between disciplines. The common ground between a skyscraper, an airplane wing, and facial bones may not seem obvious until one realizes that from…

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