Profiles- Summer Interns 2016

This past summer Cerahelix had two interns: Cal Hamilton and Lydia MacKay. Cal worked in the lab as a technician, and Lydia produced marketing content and did administrative work. Both of them worked for Cerahelix prior to this summer. Cal spent his gap year working for Cerahelix after he graduated from Orono High School in 2014. Lydia did administrative work for Cerahelix during the summers when she was in high school; she graduated from John Bapst Memorial High School in…

How can we change from a disposable to a sustainable society?

We live in a disposable society: our clothes and appliances are designed to be used for a short time before they are thrown away and replaced. We use items like cell phones until they break or until a newer model comes out. Plastic bags and bottles are often used once and then thrown away. This disposable mindset reveals itself not only in the disposable consumer items produced by manufacturers, but also in the technologies they use to make them. Filters…

Ceramics: An ancient material with an evolving future

  Humans have used ceramics for more than 25,000 years. “Once humans discovered that clay could be dug up and formed into objects by first mixing with water and then firing, the ceramic industry was born.”     From those humble beginnings, the ceramic industry has moved on to provide products for high tech industries like the computer, aerospace, medical, and filtration industries. Technical ceramics, also known as high-performance ceramics, are inorganic ceramic materials. Their unique structural and functional properties make…

Accept the greater challenge – Tyler Kirkmann, Cerahelix’s Project Scientist

Next week Tyler Kirkmann, Cerahelix’s Project Scientist, will present Cerahelix’s ceramic picofiltration technology at the International Conference on Inorganic Membranes (ICIM) in Atlanta.     ICIM is the premier international conference focused on inorganic membranes. In recent years inorganic membranes have received more attention because of their potential to solve important technological and societal challenges in the 21st century such as:   Efficient production of fuels and chemicals Renewable energy Drinking water Environmental remediation Climate change mitigation     Tyler is excited…

Why did we start a business in vacationland? – Recognizing Maine’s favorable startup culture

Why are you in Maine? People ask us this question often, and they are right to be curious. Maine is a remote corner of the United States, and our PicoHelix systems will most likely be deployed to customers around the globe. Why did we start a business in a state known as “Vacationland”, where most people come to get away from it all?   In recognition of the Maine Startup and Create Week 2016, we wanted to address these questions and…

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