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Ceramics for clean water: Nanofiltration membranes break separation limits

By April Gocha / June 23, 2017

Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) (Hermsdorf, Germany) have harnessed the power of ceramics to develop nanofiltration membranes that can generate completely clean drinking water from wastewater—even industrial sewage.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / October 12, 2016

Nanotechnology cleans water for developing nations, water vapor sets oxides aflutter, and other materials stories that may be of interest for October 12, 2016.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / August 3, 2016

Engineers bake up nanolayered composites, light-modified chalcogenide glass modifies light, and other materials stories that may be of interest for August 3, 2016.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / September 1, 2015

Self-healing material for spacecraft, a nanoparticle book fit for drinking, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 1, 2015.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / May 29, 2012

AGC’s new chemically strengthened Leoflex glass coming June 1. Credit: AGC. Here is what we are hearing: Khosla joins Bill Gates & Total to back Liquid Metal Battery (GigaOm) Liquid Metal Battery, a startup developing a battery for the power grid that already counted Bill Gates and oil giant Total as an investor, has now…

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Supercomputer simulations reveal entropy roots of water penetration of CNTs

By / August 15, 2011

Representation of Caltech team’s simulations of a 2.0 nm-diameter carbon nanotube, revealing confined water molecules. Credit: Tod Pascal, Caltech. A recent issue of PNAS had an intriguing article that discusses the interplay among carbon nanotubes, water molecules’ hydrogen bonding and entropy, and its worth noting that the Caltech researchers involved in this work say the result might…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / August 12, 2011

Carbon-coated sand improves purification of drinking water Where’s the octopus? Yacht designers turn to Zircotec’s ceramic technology for durability & performance gains Poneman to lead interagency delegation to Brasília to launch the US–Brazil strategic energy dialogue Eye-pleasing energy reshapes power designs ‘Hybrid’ solar system proves cheaper than photovoltaics Japanese rare earth consumers set up shop…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / April 22, 2011

Check ’em out: Toyota Announces finalists in ‘Ideas For Good’ challenge ‘Solar group buy’ program launched in California Novel bulk metallic glass nanowires boost fuel cell efficiency NC State researchers develop material to remove radioactive contaminants from drinking water Fiber-optic laser-based system brings rifle sights into the 21st century

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Inexpensive radial ZnO nanowire brushes ‘scrub’ toxic compounds from water

By / September 30, 2010

Low-magnification SEM image of the hierarchical nanostructure consisting of radially aligned ZnO nanowires grown on electrospun poly-l-lactide nanofibers. Inset: schematic representation of the hierarchical nanostructure. Credit: JACerS. In a story just published in one of ACerS’ technical journals, a group of researchers from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) report they have discovered what appears…

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Earth Day Ceramics Video Festival

By / April 22, 2009

Hey – it’s Video of the Week Day (Wednesday) and Earth Day. What a great excuse for a video festival. The easy thing would have been to go for videos that show the role in ceramics and glass in solar power, solar thermal, fuel cells, piezoelectrics, fusion, ultracapacitors and so on, but I’ve decided to…

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