Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Word of the day: ceria

The word of the day is ceria:

a white-to-yellow, heavy powder,cerium dioxide, CeO 2 , usually derived from cerium nitrate by decomposition with heat: used chiefly in ceramics, glass polishing, and decolorizing (

"CMP [chemical mechanical planarization] slurries are waterborne formulations of abrasives and chemicals.  The abrasives are normally particles of ceria, alumina, or colloidal or fumed silica."

 - Alexander Trullo et al., "Chip polishing shines bright", 6 July 2015 Chemical & Engineering News

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