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Sustainable Ceramic Membranes for Wastewater Applications

Ceramic water filtration mechanisms can help businesses conserve water and save money.
By Paul Manison
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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.
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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.
By Holly Evarts
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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.
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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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Creating an Employee Engagement Culture

Employee engagement begins with individual activity.
By Paul Vragel
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The improved business performance benefits resulting from employee engagement have been documented by many studies. Engaged employees go beyond what is required, find new ways to reduce costs or increase value, and are willing advocates for their companies.


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CI Top 10 Advanced Ceramic Manufacturers

The CI Top 10 Advanced Ceramic Manufacturers listing details the leading worldwide manufacturers of advanced ceramic and glass components.
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 Welcome to the first annual CI Top 10 Advanced Ceramic Manufacturers listing! Our exclusive ranking details the leading worldwide manufacturers of advanced ceramic and glass components. 


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Coming Face-to-Face with Facebook and Twitter

Social networking sites provide both challenges and opportunities for today’s manufacturers.
By Richard Alaniz
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Whether you are into social networking or not, its popularity cannot be denied. In October 2012, Facebook hit one billion active users.


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5 Tips for Achieving Furnace Lining Efficiency

Furnace linings must be properly maintained for a smooth production process.
By Steve Chernack
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An efficient furnace lining is key to reducing overall maintenance costs and ensuring that facilities run reliably without undue revenue loss due to downtime. These five tips can keep your furnace lining running efficiently.


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Market Trends: Solar Control Glass Expected to Help Drive U.S. Flat Glass Market

Domestic demand for high-performance flat glass is expected to exceed $9 billion by 2017.
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U.S. demand for high-performance flat glass products is forecast to rise 4.4% per year to 910 million ft2 in 2017, valued at nearly $9.2 billion.


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Materials Innovations: NDSU Research Team Coaxes Clays to Make Human Bone

The clays of the Red River Valley that cause structures to shift and buckle could actually hold the key to building better bones in humans.
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Whether damaged by injury, disease or age, your body can’t create new bone—but science might be able to. Researchers at North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, are making strides in tissue engineering, designing scaffolds that may lead to ways to regenerate bone.


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