Tag Archives: material chemistry

Looking toward a technology future

The end of the year is a good time both for reflection and look-ahead, I thought that an article from yesterday’s New York Post, taken from publications by scholars from Stanford and Duke, is worth covering in this blog, though some of this … Continue reading

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Unusual forms of carbon: Growing Commercial Uses

 Richard Smalley’s team’s discovery of Buckyballs( Fullerene) at Rice University in 1985 was a breakthrough in the knowledge of so-called allotropic forms of carbon. Thirty years have now gone by, but commercial applications of these interesting shapes of carbon are still … Continue reading

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3D Printing comes of age

This blog is about chemical and energy developments of interest to me and, I trust, also to readers following these posts. Since I have wondered for some time about how 3D printing works, I decided to investigate and this is the result. (Full disclosure: … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology Breakthroughs or Conversation Pieces?

 This is a subject that is perennially mysterious, because it is hard to get your arms around. It is about atomic-sized particles able or targeted to do things that were never done before.  It has been around for many years, yet seems … Continue reading

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Carbon fiber making progress in automobiles

The substitution of high strength carbon fiber composites for steel in automobile bodies is gaining momentum (See also earlier posts as background on carbon fiber). As reported in Bloomberg Business News, BMW has taken the lead by investing in a plant … Continue reading

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Material chemistry in hip joint implants

Since I often write about chemical subjects, I thought it would be interesting for many of our more-advanced-in-age readers to read about the chemistry of hip joint implants, a subject with which I became very familiar a few months ago. The artificial hip joint consists … Continue reading

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