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H.C. Starck Releases First Sustainability Report

October 15, 2013
H.C. Starck recently announced the release of its first sustainability report, thus strengthening its profile as responsible corporate citizen in the specialty chemicals industry.
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Huber Increases Industrial Calcium Carbonate Prices

October 9, 2013
Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corp., recently announced a price increase for its industrial calcium carbonate products.
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Sapphire: An Extreme Performer

Synthetic sapphire’s versatility and ability to withstand extreme conditions make it a viable candidate for a number of applications.
October 1, 2013

 Sapphire, the single crystal form of alumina (Al2O3), was first synthesized more than a century ago, but the most exciting advances associated with this versatile material are taking place today.  


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Materials Innovations: Against the (Graphene) Grain

New research studies how the grain boundaries can remain strong.
October 1, 2013

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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Titanium Dioxide Price Volatility Leads to Strategy Shift

September 25, 2013
Paint demand driven by the recent housing recovery in the U.S. had led to increased TiO2 demand, but with the housing crash TiO2 demand bottomed.
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Netzsch Announces Nanotechnologies Seminar

September 23, 2013
Netzsch Premier Technologies recently announced a collaboration with K-Tron, Malvern Instruments and Particle Sciences Drug Development Services to present a technical seminar.
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Yoxtheimer Named U.S. Silica Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

September 19, 2013
U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. recently announced it has named Adam Yoxtheimer vice president and chief administrative officer.
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Ferro Expects Increased 2015 Earnings Following Procurement Standardization Program

September 12, 2013
As part of Ferro’s value creation strategy, the company is initiating a comprehensive program to transform the way indirect spend is managed, improving procurement effectiveness and reducing costs.
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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.
September 3, 2013

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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September 3, 2013
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