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Nanostructured Ceramics

The ability to "design" materials at the nano-level offers significant opportunities.
December 2, 2013

Over recent decades, nanotechnology has transformed technologies and materials across a wide range of industry sectors.


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Digging Deep Case Study: Clamshell Furnaces Help Determine Feasibility of Geothermic Fuel Cells

Clamshell furnaces are helping researchers explore the potential for goethermic fuel cells.
December 2, 2013

Neal Sullivan is no stranger to challenging projects. As director of the Colorado Fuel Cell Center (CFCC) at the Colorado School of Mines, Sullivan oversees research on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), polymer-electrolyte membranes (PEMs), advanced materials, and much more. It’s safe to say he’s tackling innovative solutions every day.


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BIA Award Winners Honored for Best in Brick Design

Awards include green building practices and renovation/restoration.
November 1, 2013

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) recently honored architecture that incorporates fired clay brick with its 2013 Brick in Architecture Awards.


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Preventing the Contribution of Aperture Stops in the Flash Technique

Thermal diffusivity measurements can be improved through field view optimization in the sensing area.
November 1, 2013

Now more than ever, in an increasingly competitive, technology-driven environment, efficiently devised heat transfer processes are at the heart of success.


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Sapphire: An Extreme Performer

Synthetic sapphire’s versatility and ability to withstand extreme conditions make it a viable candidate for a number of applications.
October 1, 2013

 Sapphire, the single crystal form of alumina (Al2O3), was first synthesized more than a century ago, but the most exciting advances associated with this versatile material are taking place today.  


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Refractories Roundtable

The refractories industry faces challenges, but many opportunities are available.
October 1, 2013

According to a study released earlier this year by The Freedonia Group, demand in the worldwide refractories market is expected to grow 3.4% per year through 2016, reaching 46.3 million metric tons valued at $46.5 billion in product sales.


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Sustainable Ceramic Membranes for Wastewater Applications

Ceramic water filtration mechanisms can help businesses conserve water and save money.
October 1, 2013

Worldwide water scarcity, combined with an increase in population growth, is leading to the realization that water production and reuse must become more efficient. Industries that use large amounts of water, including the food and energy industries, are increasingly on the lookout for sustainable filtration solutions that improve industrial water reuse efficiencies.


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Materials Innovations: Improving Catalytic Converter Performance

A newly developed ceramic foam can help clean up exhaust gases.
October 1, 2013

Next year’s Euro 6 exhaust-gas standard will make catalytic converters more expensive, especially for diesel vehicles. Researchers at Empa are working on a catalytic substrate made of ceramic foam which, because of its structure, is more efficient and thus more economical. In addition, the material also reportedly requires less noble metal coating.


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Materials Innovations: Against the (Graphene) Grain

New research studies how the grain boundaries can remain strong.
October 1, 2013

Columbia Engineering researchers recently demonstrated that graphene, even if stitched together from many small crystalline grains, is almost as strong as graphene in its perfect crystalline form. This work resolves a contradiction between theoretical simulations, which predicted that grain boundaries can be strong, and earlier experiments, which indicated that they were much weaker than the perfect lattice.


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Glass Innovations: More than Just a Pretty Face

Lady Liberty’s renovation was bolstered by fire-rated glass.
October 1, 2013

The Statue of Liberty National Monument reopened to the public featuring two new fire stairwells and an elevator that will allow visitors with reduced mobility (including—for the first time—those in wheelchairs) to look into the statue’s interior structure.


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