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Expanding Markets for Piezoelectrics

Piezoelectric ceramics, polymers and ceramic/polymer composite devices are increasingly in demand for multiple high-tech applications.
By Thomas Abraham
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Piezoelectricity is electric polarization produced by mechanical strain in certain crystals, the polarization being proportional to the amount of strain and changing sign with it.


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Creating a Cleaner World through Radio Frequency Systems

RF ceramic substrate drying technology is being implemented around the globe to address increasing automotive regulations.
By Timothy D. Clark
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Radio frequency (RF) heating and drying systems were first developed in the early 1940s and have been used by the ceramic and glass fiber industries for over 50 years.


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Digital Printing for Ceramics and Glass

Digital printing with inkjet technology offers significant benefits across a wide range of industry applications.
By Tim Phillips
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Digital technology has made rapid inroads in ceramic tile printing, and is capable of making the same impact in architectural glass decoration and other ceramic and glass applications.


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Case Study: Digital Ceramic Printed Glass Enhances O'Hare International Airport

Digital printed glass is changing the face of airports and architectural glass around the world.
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Terminal 5 of Chicago O’Hare International Airport recently underwent renovation that included the installation of digital ceramic printed glass.


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Glass Innovation: What are Q-Glasses?

A team of researchers has reported possible evidence for a new category of solids.
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"Very weird. Strangest material I ever saw,” says Lyle Levine, materials physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


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Impulse Firing Technology

Impulse burners can help ceramic manufacturers save energy and comply with emissions guidelines.
By Ralph Kiem
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The application of impulse burning in ceramic combustion began in 1958. The combustion was mainly done with light or heavy oil.


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Investing in Ceramics: Rookwood Pottery Opens Boutique Store

The store will sell all Rookwood Pottery art tile and pottery, as well as original pieces from its artists.
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For the first time in its 133-year history, the Rookwood Pottery Co. has opened its own boutique to showcase its full line of art pieces.


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A Sense of Brick

The Petersen Tegl brickworks is not just a site where the famous Kolumba is made. For more than two centuries, it has also been a family home.
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The moment you turn down Nybølnorvej in Nybølnor, Denmark, there is no mistaking what kind of place this is.


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High Acoustic Frequency Imaging

Tiny ceramic chip capacitors can be screened for defects using high acoustic frequency imaging.
By Tom Adams
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An internal structural defect in a ceramic chip capacitor becomes activated when it expands to create an electrical leakage path between two adjacent electrode layers.


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Materials Innovation: Making a Gem of a Tiny Crystal

Slowly cooled DNA transforms disordered nanoparticles into orderly crystal.
By Megan Fellman
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Nature builds flawless diamonds, sapphires and other gems. Now a Northwestern University research team is reportedly the first to build near-perfect single crystals out of nanoparticles and DNA, using the same structure favored by nature.


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