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Materials Innovation: Liquid Crystal "Flowers" Can Be Used as Lenses

This type of directed assembly could be useful in making optical switches and other applications.
March 1, 2014

A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures.


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Carbon Black Production Continues Shift to Asia

February 27, 2014
It is expected that by 2015, nearly 65% of the global carbon black demand will come from Asia.
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Rio Tinto Reports 10% Full Year Earnings Increase

February 26, 2014
Rio Tinto recently reported a 10% increase in underlying earnings to $10.2 billion and a 15% increase in full year dividend.
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U.S. Silica Announces Expansions to Supply Chain and Logistics Network

February 18, 2014
U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. recently announced it has entered into an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad (UP) to build a new unit train-capable silica sand storage facility.
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Readers Most Interested in H.C. Starck Facility Recognition

This weekly roundup highlights the news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week.
February 17, 2014

An announcement regarding one of H.C. Starck’s facilities drew the most reader interest last week.


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H.C. Starck Facility Named a 2013 Best Plant

February 3, 2014
H.C. Starck recently announced that its Newton, Mass., site has been named one of Industry Week’s 2013 Best Plants.
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Materials Innovation: Making a Gem of a Tiny Crystal

Slowly cooled DNA transforms disordered nanoparticles into orderly crystal.
February 1, 2014

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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Goodfellow Signs Agreement with Sigma-Aldrich

January 28, 2014
Goodfellow recently announced it has signed an agreement with Sigma-Aldrich Corp. to market and distribute Goodfellow’s materials worldwide.
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Rio Tinto Reports Record Bauxite Production

January 23, 2014
Rio Tinto recently reported record quarterly and annual production, shipments, and rail volumes.
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Ceramic Fuel Cells to Sell its UK Powder Plant Assets

January 6, 2014
Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd. (CFU) recently announced that an agreement has been signed with the Materials Business Unit of ICL-PP Europe for the sale of CFU’s powder plant assets in Bromborough, UK.
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