Welcome to the March 2019 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.
Smart 3D Bioprinting Aids Bone and Tissue Replacements
New 3D printing techniques are providing a way for researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology to create platforms to help regenerate human tissue that allows the body to heal itself more effectively. It is said that this work could reduce the need for human organ donations in the future. In one case, researchers added ceramic particles to biopolymers to resemble bone structure and strength. These unique combinations of biomaterials are devised for scaffold platforms and generated through controlling their processing and mixture. Read more.
Improved Ionic Ceramics for Better Battery Performance
Work at Purdue University potentially tunes and improves ionic ceramic performance in rechargeable batteries and fuel cells. Ionic ceramics are made up of many-faceted grains that meet at boundaries in ways that affect how much power a fuel cell can deliver or how fast a battery can be recharged and how long it can hold a charge. One challenge has been to overcome the insulating effects of the grain boundaries which undergo phase transitions, thus impacting material properties. Find out more.
USA Announces $36 Million for High-Temperature Materials Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $36 million in awards for 18 projects as part of the High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP) programme, as well as the final OPEN+ Cohort, High Temperature Devices. These project teams seek to develop new approaches and technologies for the design and manufacture of high temperature, high pressure, and highly compact heat exchangers and components. Read more.
UK Chapter ACerS/Lucideon Ceramic Additive Manufacturing Workshop
On 16 May Lucideon will be hosting a workshop organized in collaboration with the UK Chapter of the American Ceramic Society. Held at Lucideon's HQ in Stoke-on-Trent, the workshop will allow academia, industry and government to discuss the latest developments and opportunities in additive manufacturing. A round table discussion will look at how the interaction between academia and industry could speed up innovative solutions and route them to market. Find out more and book your place.
Ultra-Lightweight Ceramic Material to Withstand Extreme Temperatures
UCLA researchers and collaborators at eight other research institutions have created an extremely light, very durable ceramic aerogel. The material could be used for applications such as insulating spacecraft because it can withstand the intense heat and severe temperature changes that space missions endure. Compared with other insulators, ceramic-based aerogels are superior in blocking extreme temperatures, and they have ultra-low density and are highly resistant to fire and corrosion – all qualities that lend themselves well to reusable spacecraft. Read more.
CoorsTek Breaks Ground on New Facility Expansion
CoorsTek has broken ground on its 50,000 square foot expansion in Benton, AR, USA – a $26 million investment that will see the workforce increase by 15%. “This expansion will provide new jobs supporting the aerospace and defense industries, and supporting manufacturing in central Arkansas,” said Jonathan Coors, Co-Chief Executive Officer at CoorsTek. “As we continue to grow globally, we are committed to the long-term strength of the local communities where we live and work”. Find out more.
Glass-Metal Welding Breakthrough Could Transform Manufacturing
Scientists from Heriot-Watt University have welded glass and metal together using an ultrafast laser system. Various optical materials such as quartz, borosilicate glass and even sapphire were all successfully welded to metals like aluminium, titanium and stainless steel using Heriot-Watt’s laser system, which provides very short, picosecond pulses of infrared light in tracks along the materials to fuse them together. Being able to weld glass and metals together will be a huge step forward in manufacturing and design flexibility. Read more.
SITI B&T Acquires Entire Minority Share in Ancora SpA
SITI B&T Group, manufacturer of complete systems for tiles and sanitaryware, has reached an agreement for the acquisition of 20% of the capital of Ancora SpA, the group company active in ceramic tile finishing, thus consolidating its 100% shareholding. “With the acquisition of the minority share in Ancora we complete the purchase of this company dedicated to the finishing of ceramic products,” said Fabio Tarozzi, Chairman and CEO of SITI B&T Group, “which has been an example of success in relaunching a historic brand.” Find out more.
Ceramitec Exhibition Changes Dates
Instead of the previously announced timeslot of November 2021, Messe München has now set the dates for the next Ceramitec exhibition in Munich to 18-21 May 2021. By setting the dates in spring, Messe München says it is meeting the wishes of the industry. Last time round, Ceramitec featured some 633 exhibitors from 38 countries and more than 15,000 visitors from 93 countries. Read more.
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