|| Print ||
|Articles - October 2013|
|Monday, September 30, 2013|
BY LINDA BAKER
Ordinary humans might want to cut down on their sodium chloride intake. But if you happen to be a nanoscientist, lowly table salt is shaping up to be a must-have ingredient. That’s because sodium chloride, as it turns out, has the potential to solve a major problem in the production of silicon nanostructures — tiny, dust-size materials that have enormous potential in everything from electronics to biomedicine and energy storage. By melting and absorbing heat at a critical moment during a “magnesiothermic reaction,” the salt prevents the collapse of the nanostructures that researchers are trying to create, says David Xiulei Ji, an assistant professor of chemistry at Oregon State University. The salt can also be easily washed away and reused. The use of the common condiment as a “heat scavenger” should allow scientists to create less expensive and more scalable silicon nanostructures, says Ji. And as the price goes down, new applications may open up. These include photonics, biological imaging, sensors, drug delivery and thermoelectric materials that can convert heat into electricity. “Salt,” says Ji, in a bit of an understatement, “is very competitive in terms of cost.”
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY DEBRA RINGOLD | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Why has six years become an acceptable investment in public undergraduate education that over-promises and underperforms?
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY
Travis Knight wants to release a movie a year. Can he pull it off?
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
BY JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG
A flare-up in the Elliott Forest raises questions about détente in Oregon’s timber wars.
Monday, October 06, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Intel's manufacturing way station; Merkley's attack dog; Diamond Foods gets into the innovation business.
Monday, August 25, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST BLOGGER
Ferguson Wellman’s investment views on the economy and capital markets.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY JENNIFER MARGULIS
As schools implement more rigorous academic standards, holistic and flexible approaches to K-12 education flourish.
Monday, September 29, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Wehby disappears, Kitzhaber fails to disclose and Seattle gets bike share before Portland.
|The 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon 2014|
|A Recipe for Success|
|Dow Chemical profit up 44%|
|Boeing profit jumps 18%|
|Verizon posts higher Q3 revenue|
|Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison|
|IBM to pay Globalfoundries to take chip unit|
|Spotify introduces family plan|
|GE profit rises 11%|
Is your business ready to join us in the call for action? This opening panel includes Oregon businesses who will discuss why they signed the Oregon Climate Declaration, the investments they are making to reduce carbon emissions, and how their actions are affecting their companies.
Get ready for two days of special events produced with the EPA, Portland Timbers and ISOS before and after the GoGreen Conference on October 16.
Finding a health insurance plan that makes both financial sense for the bottom line and provides choice for plan participants is a huge challenge for employers.
The right financing at the right time is critical for small businesses to succeed.
Among Oregon universities, Oregon Tech is special in the way it incorporates applied research into the curricula of every department.
More than 400 "Change Makers" will gather to invest in a socially sustainable community.