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Theory may help design tomorrow's sustainable polymers

Tomorrow's specialty plastics may be produced more precisely and cheaply thanks to the apparently tight merger of a theory by a University of Oregon chemist and years of unexplained data from real world experiments involving polymers in Europe.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2008

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Chemist tames longstanding electron computation problem

For 50 years theoretical chemists have puzzled over the problem of predicting many-electron chemistry with only two electrons, which many thought intractable and perhaps impossible to solve. Mazziotti, an associate professor in chemistry, will present a new approach to tuning his solution to the problem for exceptional computational accuracy and efficiency.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2008

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Thin films research lands engineering professor Air Force Young Investigator Award

The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research has awarded Shashank Priya, associate professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, a $100,000, three-year renewable grant to conduct basic research in the area of high-frequency electronic components, titled Domain Engineered Magnetoelectric Thin Films for High Sensitivity Resonant Magnetic Field Sensors.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2008

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New recognition for materials professionals in Australia

Professor David StJohn President of Materials Australia today announced the introduction of the Certified Materials Professional CMP membership status for professionals working in the field of materials science and engineering in Australia.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2008

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New CD_ROM database contains 21,000 evaluated phase diagrams of ceramic systems

The American Ceramic Society and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have just released ACerS-NIST Phase Equilibria Diagrams CD-ROM Database (Version 3.2). The new version contains more than 21,000 evaluated phase diagrams of ceramic systems such as oxides, salts, carbides, nitrides, boride, compound semiconductors and chalcogenides, and features over 1,000 new diagrams.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2008

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U.S. panel blasts federal nanotechnology risk research strategy

A National Research Council (NRC) committee today issued a highly critical report describing serious shortfalls in the Bush administration's strategy to better understand the environment, health and safety (EHS) risks of nanotechnology and to effectively manage those potential risks.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2008

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Tiny delivery system with a big impact on cancer cells

Researchers at Penn State University are reporting for the first time that nanoparticles encapsulating an experimental anticancer agent, kill human melanoma and drug-resistant breast cancer cells growing in laboratory cultures.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2008

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