News & Press Releases

Press Release
October 20, 2015
Ceralink Hires New Materials Test Engineer Specializing in Materials Testing Services for Ceramic Matrix Composites
Saint Clairsville, OH – Ceralink Inc., a service provider in advanced ceramic materials, announced today that Matt McBee has joined the company as a Materials Test Engineer to further support the company’s expansion of its CMC testing services in Eastern Ohio. Matt has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and brings 12+ years of experience to this challenging position. “Ceralink’s recent increase in capacity is keeping our test engineers busy as we focus on reliable, accurate testing and fast turnaround for our customers,” says Dr. Holly Shulman, President of Ceralink Inc. “Ceralink is dedicated to providing a positive work environment as an essential part of a high quality service”. According to Sue Douglass, Executive Director of the Belmont County Department of Development/CIC, “Ceralink’s growth is creating high tech job opportunities in this rural part of Ohio.”
Press Release
September 8, 2015
Ceralink Expands Materials Testing Facility Specializing in Materials Testing Services for Ceramic Matrix Composites
Saint Clairsville, OH – Ceralink Inc., a service provider in advanced ceramic materials, announced today the completion of a major expansion in its Materials Testing Center located in eastern Ohio. The $1M investment increases capacity by 40%. Customers in aerospace require rigorous testing of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) to qualify these game changing materials for use in the hot zone of engines. CMCs replace superalloys, offering drastic weight reduction and increased fuel efficiency. Ceralink has become a premier testing center, offering high cycle fatigue at temperatures up to 2550 F (1400 C) to simulate vibrations experienced during flight. Ceralink has 15 years of experience in advanced ceramics, which translates to a competitive advantage in running these sensitive tests.
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February 12, 2015
Dr Holly Shulman is an invited speaker at the Ceramics Expo 2015, April 28th, Cleveland Ohio. She will be speaking about Ceralink’s Ohio Materials Testing facility.
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November 1, 2014
Ceralink is pleased to announce that Nicole Ross has joined our engineering team. Nicole is an RPI graduate and brings top notch engineering, organizational, and R&D skills to Ceralink.
Press Release
October 27, 2014
Ceralink Awarded $500k to Develop Energy Efficient Compact Heat Exchangers
Troy, New York – Ceralink Inc., a provider of materials R&D, announced today that it has been awarded $500,000 from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to develop energy efficient compact heat exchangers. A novel additive method, known as laminated object manufacturing (LOM), will be used to build graded structures with fine internal features, layer by layer.

Ceralink has been working in the Additive Manufacturing space, testing a variety of platforms with a focus on ceramics, and developing prototypes for customers. Ceralink will work closely with United Technologies Research Center and the Naval Research Center to develop a working prototype of a compact ceramic heat exchanger for advanced power generation systems.

Ceralink is a materials engineering company specializing in technology development, testing, feasibility and prototyping for manufacturers, including additive manufacturing and high temperature microwave heating. Throughout their 14 year history, Ceralink has combined top notch engineering with materials innovation and dedication to the development of sustainable manufacturing solutions.
Press Release
July 15, 2014
Ceralink Expands Materials Testing Facility Specializing in Materials Testing Services for Ceramic Matrix Composites
Troy, New York – Ceralink Inc., a leader in materials engineering and R&D services, announced today the expansion of the company’s Materials Testing facility (Ceralink MT) located in St. Clairsville, OH. Ceralink MT specializes in advanced materials testing services for ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). The company has increased High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) testing capacity by over 60% to better serve customers and meet a strong growing demand for HCF testing.

Ceralink provides independent testing, quality service and fast response which is critical for development of CMCs as next generation materials with higher temperature capability and lower weight. Ceralink MT offers high cycle fatigue testing of CMCs at temperatures up to 2500 °F. CMCs are strong, light weight, temperature resistant materials that are being adopted in aerospace, defense and power generation applications for increased performance and energy efficiency.

Ceralink is a materials engineering company specializing in technology development, testing, feasibility and prototyping for manufacturers, including additive manufacturing and high temperature microwave heating. Throughout their 14 year history, Ceralink has combined top notch engineering with materials innovation and dedication to the development of sustainable manufacturing solutions.
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June 16, 2014
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May 13, 2014
Microwaves heating up ultra-high-temperature (UHT) ceramics industry
New technology could drive down the cost and time of making UHT ceramics

A key to building denser, stronger materials that won't fail or fracture under extreme conditions is the manufacture of ultra-high-temperature, or UHT, ceramics. UHT ceramics can withstand highly extreme conditions, such as the heat coming out of a rocket as it's launching into space.

With support from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, materials scientist Holly Shulman and her team at a company called Ceralink are developing UHT ceramics using a new method that harnesses the power of microwaves.

The machines they use to make the UHT ceramics still fire up to high temperatures. But, rather than combining the heat with high pressure to make the material super hard and strong, they use microwave assist technology (MAT) furnaces. It's a process called 'enhanced diffusion. The goal is to make the industrial manufacture of high quality UHT ceramic parts faster and cheaper.

The work in this episode was support by NSF award #1127538, SBIR Phase II: Ultra High Temperature Microwave Processing of Ceramics.

Miles O'Brien, Science Nation Correspondent
Kate Tobin, Science Nation Producer

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October 31, 2013
Ceramics and Additive Manufacturing; Exploring Compatibility, Limitations, and Exciting Possibilities
Time: 10:20 AM – 10:40 AM, Room 518b Symposium: Advanced Materials, Processes and Applications for Additive Manufacturing Session: Additive Manufacturing in Practice Speaker: Holly Shulman
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October 31, 2013
Ultra-High Temperature Microwave Assist Technology Furnace
Time: 10:20 AM – 10:40 AM Symposium: Rustum Roy Memorial Syposium: Processing and Performance of Materials using Microwaves, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Ultrasound, Lasers and Mechanical Work. Session: Understanding of the "Microwave Effect" and Microwaves Applications Speaker: Morgana Fall
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October 20, 2013
Enhanced Planar Beta Alumina Solid Electrolytes
Time: 2:40 PM – 3:00 PM, Room 511a Symposium: Energy Storage III: Materials, Systems and Applications Symposium Session: Sodium Batteries Speaker: Morgana Fall
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September 20, 2013
Materials Science & Technology 2013
October 27-31, 2013 Palais des Congres de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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September 8, 2013
Ceralink Invited Speaker Oct. 18 at Additive Aerospace Summit
Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics: Compatibility, Limitations, and Possibilities Presenter: Dr. Holly Shulman, Ceralink Inc. Ceralink has been invited to speak at an Additive/Aerospace Summit “Building a Supply Chain for High Performance Aerospace Manufacturing,” October 18th in Los Angeles, California. The Summit is being organized by Infocast, a main provider of executive Summits in the field of cleantech and advanced manufacturing. Other companies speaking at the Summit include: DARPA, Boeing Research & Technology, GE, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech, California Institute of Technology, NASA Langley Research Center, Lawrence Livermore National Labs and more.
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January 23, 2013
Ceralink paper published in Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Ceralink's paper on lunar soil stabilization was recently published in the Journal of Aerospace Engineering ISRU Special Edition. The research paper is the result of a NASA Phase I SBIR project with contributions from the Center for Automation Technology Systems, Dr. Jeff Braunstein, and Dr. Shep Salon of RPI.
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December 7, 2012
Ceralink Additive Manufacturing Article featured in Ceramic Industry Magazine
Dr. Holly Shulman and Cheyne Hoag of Ceralink have a featured article in the December issue of Ceramic Industry Magazine. The article addresses the use of additive manufacturing techniques for ceramic and advanced materials processing. Ceralink is now offering process development using additive manufacturing technologies for a wide range of materials. Click here to view the article.
Press Release
October 29, 2012
TevTech to Deliver Ceralink UHT MAT™ Laboratory Furnace
Billerica, Massachusetts - TevTech, LLC will supply Ceralink Inc. of Troy, NY a vacuum furnace for a custom ultra-high temperature application. The vacuum furnace incorporates a 6" x 6" hot zone and will have temperature capability to 2,300 °C. Ceralink will incorporate microwave energy into the chamber, for a combination of microwave and radiant heating. This will be the first Ultra-High Temperature Microwave Assist Technology furnace in the US. According to Dr. Holly Shulman of Ceralink, "UHT MAT allows rapid and volumetric heating of non-oxide ceramics. There are significant energy benefits associated with this technology, as well as improved and novel materials properties." The furnace is expected to be delivered January 2013. Ceralink, a leader in materials engineering will use their UHT MAT™ vacuum furnace to conduct sintering trials for materials such as AlN, SiC, ZrB2 and Si3N4 under National Science Foundation Phase II SBIR award 1127538. TevTech provides turnkey high temperature vacuum furnaces, support equipment and engineering solutions for the materials processing industry. For more information on how TevTech's products and services can provide solutions to your advanced materials manufacturing challenges, please visit www.TevTechLLC.com.
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September 28, 2012
Ceralink Featured in NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) Video
This NYSERDA video on clean energy technology features Ceralink as an important example of bringing materials technology to market. Microwave Assist Technology (MAT™) and its successful commercialization from NYSERDA R&D funding is discussed.
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July 3, 2012
Ceralink Launches new Website
Troy, New York – Ceralink Inc., a leader in materials science and engineering, announces the launch of a new website at www.Ceralink.com. The new site highlights Ceralink’s capabilities in materials testing, processing, and development services.
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March 8, 2012
Ceralink Opens New Materials Testing Facility Specializing in Materials Testing Services for Ceramic Matrix Composites
Troy, New York – Ceralink Inc., a leader in materials engineering and technology commercialization, announced today the opening of a new Materials Testing facility located in St. Clairsville, OH. Ceralink Materials Testing (Ceralink MT) will specialize in advanced materials testing services for ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). Ceralink will provide independent testing, quality service and fast response which is critical for development of CMCs as next generation materials with higher temperature capability and lower weight. CMCs are strong, light weight, temperature resistant materials that are being adopted in aerospace, defence and power generation applications for increased performance and energy efficiency.
Press Release
February 29, 2012
Ceralink Awarded NYSERDA Contract for Ceramic Battery Membranes
Troy, New York - Ceralink Inc., a leader in materials engineering and technology commercialization, announced today that it has been awarded a contract from NYSERDA’s PON 2250 to develop an improved beta-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) for use in sodium based batteries. Sodium based batteries are fast becoming the energy storage system of choice, especially for storing renewable energy, due to high efficiency, long life, and high energy density. The goal of Ceralink’s project is to fabricate planar BASE using Ceralink’s proprietary Microwave Assist Technology (MAT™), improving the overall function of sodium batteries and ultimately help tie more renewable energy sources into the grid. Currently, the ceramic membrane BASE which is at the core of the batteries’ function, suffers a tradeoff between ionic conductivity and mechanical strength. Long conventional processing times are required to achieve the density needed however this leads to sodium loss which decreases ionic conductivity. Ceralink will apply proprietary MAT™ to the calcining and sintering of BASE, for fast processing with less energy consumption. This will allow the ceramic membranes to retain more sodium, which will increase conductivity while achieving the density required for strength. Ceralink, a global leader in the development of microwave processing technologies, specializes in materials consulting, R&D, microwave technology and scale up, materials analysis, and lean green engineering. Throughout its 11 years in business, Ceralink has combined top notch engineering with materials innovation and dedication to the development of sustainable manufacturing solutions.