Zirconia is a versatile material with interesting physical and chemical properties. When stabilized with yttria, it is useful across a range of industries, especially for physically demanding structural ceramic applications that require high strength and wear, as well as fracture resistance.
Ceramics Expo 2017 drew thousands of attendees from over 1,600 companies and 33 different countries to the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 25-27. The third annual event provided attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest trends and technologies in the ceramic industry while reconnecting with old friends and building new business relationships.
Someone asked me the other day if I’m computer savvy. I paused and eventually replied, “Well, kind of.” To be honest, it all depends on who’s asking. From my daughter’s perspective, I’m a hopeless dolt when it comes to most electronics. She’s pretty much convinced that, if left to my own devices (no pun intended), I’d flounder and eventually give up, preferring to live like a hermit, in the dark, with no phone or TV (or Snapchat, heaven forbid).
A non-destructive method has been used to visualize the paths of a chip's internal wiring and transistors.
June 1, 2017
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have made detailed 3-D images of a commercially available computer chip. This reportedly marks the first time a non-destructive method has visualized—clearly, without distortions or deformations—the paths of a chip’s internal wiring (just 45 nm wide) and its 34-nm-high transistors.
Transparent silicon nitride has been synthesized by researchers at DESY.
June 1, 2017
Scientists at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) have synthesized what is reportedly the first transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic. The result is a super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride (SiN) that can potentially be used under extreme conditions like engines, as the Japanese-German team writes in the journal Scientific Reports.
After instructing an U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hr Industrial Safety course at the 2016 Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio, I was invited by Edgar Lara-Curzio of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to participate in the “Best Practices in Academic Laboratory Safety” symposium at the 2017 Material Science & Technology (MS&T) meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Superior Graphite’s realignment will reportedly accelerate investments in specialty high-temperature products and enhanced infrastructure, as well as executive appointments to support the new strategy.
May 31, 2017
Superior Graphite recently announced a multi-year strategic plan and new management organization.