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Student Entrepreneur, silicon carbide and the volcano

Simon Barker
10/18/2010 01:38 PM EDT

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re: Student Entrepreneur, silicon carbide and the volcano
sharps_eng   10/20/2010 8:18:16 PM
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The pressure from media interest affecting investors can be overwhelming. Semisouth have the same issue with their SiC JFETs supposedly targeting solar converters, just one of many possible applications. In their case they had an excuse because they knew the converter field already.

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SimonAtEHSense   10/20/2010 7:47:02 AM
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Thank you

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SimonAtEHSense   10/20/2010 7:46:53 AM
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Hi Neo, You're right, certainly the research has a lot of impact in industrial settings but from a press point of view, that's not exciting. Although current volcanic monitoring is reasonably accurate it could be much better and working with with vulcanologists on such projects/ideas will create new methods which can be tested. Due to the time consuming method of collecting gas emissions from volcanoes (manually sticking a glass bottle and long pipe down a fumarole) it is currently very difficult determine the accuracy of determining eruptions but gas mix. Cheers Simon

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SimonAtEHSense   10/20/2010 7:39:49 AM
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Hi Luis, Glad you find it interesting, we were amazed at the press reaction but as soon as we saw the images of the Icelandic volcano being reused in articles about our SiC work we realised why there was such an interest. Sadly SiC will never stop an eruption but it could give us a few more days notice Cheers Simon

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t.alex   10/19/2010 2:20:36 PM
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Interesting experiment. All the best Simon :-)

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Neo10   10/19/2010 2:47:15 AM
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Your research might help more in industrial environments like smelting, furnaces, electrolytic separation etc rather than volcanic applications. There are some proven methods to determine an impending eruption and there may not be a need to have devices directly in the crater.

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Luis Sanchez   10/18/2010 8:57:40 PM
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Great news! You sure write interesting stuff. But... that interest from the press on your topic of study isn't just humanitarian... as you mentioned there was a big problem this year with a volcano erupting in Iceland I think and that stopped a lot of airplanes from taking off at Europe. Imagine all the people that had to stay there, had to wait, hold, change schedules, buy food, pay hotels, rebook... all that translates to money. Millions of dollars were wasted there, and technology such as SiC that you're working on would approach us to the position to be able to predict such kind of eruptions and perhaps not stop them but... surely maneuver in to something less burdening. Congrats and keep up the good work!

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