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Flush what you knew about clean energy: Researchers discover new way to use wastewater for power

By Stephanie Liverani / February 23, 2016

Step aside wind and solar power. Researchers at Virginia Tech have discovered a way to maximize the amount of electricity that can be generated from the wastewater we flush down the toilet.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / April 11, 2014

Unifrax, GE, Kyocera, FuelCell Energy, and Owens Corning are in the ceramics and glass business news of this week.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / August 20, 2013

‘Poisoning’ increases magnesium corrosion resistance Scientists have found a way to dramatically increase the corrosion resistance of magnesium: adding arsenic. The lightest structural metal, magnesium has many potential industrial applications but is limited by poor corrosion resistance. A group of researchers from Australia’s Monash University and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, and the University…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / November 6, 2012

While manganese (blue) fills out this lithium ion battery nanoparticle evenly, nickel (green) clumps in certain regions, interfering with the material’s smooth operation. Credit: Chongmin Wang; PNNL. Lots of good work going on out there. Here are some samples: Nickelblock: An element’s love-hate relationship with battery electrodes Anyone who owns an electronic device knows that…

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The 2011 Mug Drop Competition in 4 minutes

By / October 20, 2011

[flash https://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/Mug%20Drop.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/Mug%20Drop.jpg}] Here’s a look at what went on at the Material Advantage Mug Drop event organized by Keramos, and I should note there was a good natured controversy about some of the entrants who used geopolymers to make their mugs. Trudy Kriven (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) provides a defense of the geopolymers at the…

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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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Students – Opportunities for Publishing Undergraduate Research

By / December 17, 2009

All undergraduate students are invited to submit their undergraduate research to Virigina Tech’s Journal of Undergraduate Material Research (JUMR).  Find out how!

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The 2009 Solar Decathlon winner is…

By / October 21, 2009

Team Germany! Team Germany won first place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon by applying photovoltaics to every available surface. I had been rooting for Virginia Tech for their use of aerogel as insulation that allowed natural light to shine through, but it only ranked 13 out of 20 competitors. Team Germany’s Cube House was considered…

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Virginia Tech students awarded for inventing ‘moon bricks’

By / February 9, 2009

Their invention of lunar brick has earned a Virginia Tech student research team one of only two awards presented in a 2008 design competition sponsored by PISCES, an international research center dedicated to developing new technologies for life in outer space. Part of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, PISCES – the Pacific International Space Center…

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Energy ‘harvesting,’ structure monitoring confab at Virginia Tech

By / November 15, 2008

Virginia Tech’s Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems is hosting its 4th Annual Energy Harvesting Workshop Jan 28-29 in Blacksburg, VA. Energy harvesting refers to efforts to tap unused power from industrial machines, human activity, vehicles, vibrating structures and various other environment sources. Workshop organizers say the events bring together leading industries, national labs,…

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