INSIDE CI: Advancing Advanced Ceramics and Glasses

May 1, 2010
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The monthly roundup from Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.

I often wonder what our world would be like without advanced ceramics and glasses. The short answer? Slow and dull. From cars and computers to cell phones and multiple renewable energy options, advanced ceramics and glasses enable the manufacturers of these products to offer a wide range of benefits like improved functionality, fantastic aesthetics, reduced size and weight, and much more.

According to a recent CI website/CI CyberNews poll, our readers believe that nanomaterials and energy-related products hold the greatest promise for the growth of the ceramic market. Other strong contenders include electronic ceramics, defense-related products, biomedical ceramics and advanced ceramic coatings.

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have proven to be highly efficient energy producers, and advanced ceramics and glasses play several vital roles in the effectiveness and practicality of these systems. Read "Embedded Ceramic Technologies in SOFCs" to learn more.

Porous-wall hollow glass microspheres are an innovation that could potentially be used for the storage or transport of challenging materials in applications ranging from biomedical to energy. "A Whole New (Small) World of Opportunity" has the details.

Other articles in this issue discuss reactive porcelain enamel coatings ("Improving Steel-Reinforced Concrete Structures"), PZT powders ("PZT Powder Manufacturing"), atomic layer deposition ("Pushing the ALD Envelope") and optical coatings ("Silane-Based Coatings"). In addition, be sure to check out "Reevaluating Our Futures" in the Brick & Clay Record.

What advanced ceramics and glasses-related subjects would you like to see more of in CI? Please send your suggestions to me at


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