Welcome to the October 2020 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that caught our eye in October.
Ceramics UK to Run Knowledge and Networking Digital Event
Ceramics UK will be running a Knowledge and Networking Digital Event from 1 - 4 December. A unique way to engage with industry leaders, the online event will bring together a highly focused audience, all involved in the research, production, purchasing or integration of ceramics technology including Coatings, Composites, CNC Machining, R&D Services, Defence, Material Handling Equipment and more. Find out more here.
Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG) Welcomes Two New Members
Mantec Technical Ceramics and PCL Ceramics are the newest members of the MICG, which aims to place the Midlands in the UK on a unique footing as a global centre for advanced technical ceramics. There are now 15 organisations that make up the MICG, including blue companies and SMEs such as Rolls-Royce, JCB, Morgan Advanced Materials and Lucideon – as well as the universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Loughborough. Read more.
Collaboration Sparks New Model for Ceramic Conductivity
As insulators, metal oxides – also known as ceramics – may not seem like obvious candidates for electrical conductivity. While electrons zip back and forth in regular metals, their movement in ceramic materials is sluggish and difficult to detect. But ceramics do contain a large range of conductivities, behavior that was laid out in 1961 in the 'small polaron hopping model'. A collaboration led by Richard Robinson, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Cornell University, has shown just how inaccurate that model is. By updating the model to reflect different pathways for conduction, the team hopes its work will help researchers who are custom-tailoring the properties of metal oxides in technologies such as lithium ion batteries, fuel cells and electrocatalysis. Find out more.
Ceramitec 2021 Postponed to June 2022
Ceramitec 2021 has been postponed to June 21–24, 2022. The organizers will now run the show alongside the Analytica and Automatica show. Gerhard Gerritzen, Member of Messe München’s Management Board and responsible for Ceramitec said: “We are all convinced that postponing the event by one year with the opportunity to have Ceramitec running in parallel to Analytica and Automatica is the right way to then realize a successful fair on site with the usual high share of international participants.” Read more.
Bioceramic Implant Induces Cranial Regrowth
A bioceramic implant has proved to stimulate regeneration of natural skull bone, so that even large cranial defects can be repaired in a way that has not been possible before. The research, led from the University of Gothenburg, is now presented in the scientific journal PNAS. Under the guidance of Peter Thomsen, Professor of Biomaterials, researchers have used a new, 3-D-printed bioceramic material attached to a titanium frame shaped like the missing part of the skull bone. For the first time, they have shown that large cranial defects can heal by means of new bone formation, without growth factors or stem cells being added. Read more.
Ceramics to the Rescue - New Ceramic Shield for the iPhone 12
The new iPhone 12, released mid October, features a Ceramic Shield front cover which, according to Apple "goes beyond glass by adding a new high temperature crystallization step that grows nano-ceramic crystals within the glass matrix, increas[jng] drop performance by 4x." Learn more about the science behind it here.
Brunel Bags Euro Millions to Cut Factory Waste by a Third
Helping energy-hungry industries scoop back and reuse vast volumes of waste water and heat is the goal of an ambitious new project at Brunel University London. Brunel engineers will develop new generation water treatment, exhaust condensation and waste valorisation systems which let factories recycle 30 per cent of waste water and heat. Europe’s Horizon 2020 fund to equip Europe to compete on the world stage is pouring €10,596,775 into the iWAYS project, short for Innovative Water Recovery solutions. The technology, which promises to save billions across several sectors, will first be perfected for Europe’s most energy-intensive industries — chemicals, steel and ceramics — where it will have the biggest impact. Read more.
Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Launches Unique Materials Science Technologist Degree Apprenticeship
Sheffield Hallam University has launched a new materials science technologist degree apprenticeship – the first of its kind in the UK. The new programme, developed in partnership with industry leaders, will give prospective apprentices the chance to be at the forefront of developing new material innovations that can drive businesses forward, from metals and ceramics to glass and polymers. The apprenticeships are suitable for people with relevant qualifications who are new to material engineering, or existing employees who want to learn new skills and gain advanced qualifications. Find out more.
Materials Science & Technology 2020 - Online
This year MS&T20 is being held virtually for safety reasons, November 2–6. Registrants will be able to watch live plenary and award sessions, visit the virtual exhibit, join in virtual networking and student events, and have access to hundreds of on-demand technical presentations and posters. Find out more and view the conference program here.
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