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Ceramic Decorating: OSHA Proposes New Silica Rules

Ceramic manufacturers will be required to measure workers’ access to silica.
By Myra Warne
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed new crystalline silica limits for manufacturers and employers, along with increased workplace monitoring and medical testing for employees.


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Dow Corning Appoints Ang VP of Compound Semiconductor Solutions

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Dow Corning recently announced the appointment of Tang Yong (“TY”) Ang to the position of vice president of Compound Semiconductor Solutions.
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SILICON CARBIDE PRODUCTS INC.: New Website

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This company recently announced the launch of its new website, which features updated information on the company’s products and services.
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Stice Appointed to U.S. Silica Board of Directors

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U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. recently announced it has appointed J. Mike Stice to its Board of Directors.
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Rio Tinto Announces Strong Third Quarter Production; Bauxite Production Sets New Record

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Third quarter bauxite production set a new quarterly record and was 9% higher than in the third quarter of 2012.
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U.S. Silica Named One of America’s Best Small Companies by Forbes

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U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. recently announced that it has been named to Forbes’ 35th annual list of America’s Best Small Companies.
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H.C. Starck Releases First Sustainability Report

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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

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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.
By Ian Doggett
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 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.
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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