As a materials person, do you feel left behind by the boom of all things “e” in the last 20 years? If so, don’t despair. As a member of the glass and ceramic community, you are part of an old and necessary profession. For example, while vacationing in the historic Jamestown-Colonial Williamsburg area of Virginia this past summer, I was amazed and pleased to learn that some of the first entrepreneurial ventures attempted in English North America involved the making of glass and brick.
Researchers have succeeded in producing defect-free graphene directly from graphite.
October 3, 2016
While graphene is a promising new material, researchers across the globe are still looking for a way to produce defect-free graphene at low costs. Chemists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have succeeded in producing defect-free graphene directly from graphite for the first time. They recently published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.
PolyU researchers have achieved record-breaking speed for optical communications in data centers.
June 1, 2016
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has reportedly achieved the world’s fastest optical communications speed for data centers by reaching 240 G bit/s over 2 km, which is 24 times the existing speed available.
“Glass seems to work pretty well,” says glass expert Mark Ediger, gesturing at windows overlooking the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) power plant on Dayton Street. They are the only obvious bits of glass in his office, and so the discussion of 21st century glass entails repeated references toward windows that, ironically, are exactly the kind of glass that doesn’t much interest him.
Researchers at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) have created an “instruction manual” for developing metallic glass, an ultra-tough yet flexible alloy described as the most significant materials science innovation since plastic.
The use of potassium flurosilicate phosphor in LED systems results in less color bleed and a richer picture.
January 5, 2015
GE recently announced a research breakthrough that will reportedly improve the color and crispness of images displayed on light-emitting diode (LED) devices—everything from cell phones and tablets to televisions.
Researchers at Duke University have discovered that glass molecules form a fractal configuration.
December 1, 2014
Colorful church windows, beads on a necklace and many popular plastics share something in common: they all belong to a state of matter known as glasses. Schoolchildren learn the difference between liquids and gases, but centuries of scholarship have failed to produce consensus about how to categorize glass.