Picture credit: The Orlando Sentinel.
Summary of Orlando Sentinel’s Kevin Spear article:
Bill Easter’s hobby and profession is high-end tinkering with industrial ingredients; he’s a “materials guy” with dozens of patents in his name and generous support from NASA.
Easter has been captivated lately by an obscure material that even Easter had not appreciated initially: “polymer-derived ceramic.”
Stirred and baked in his laboratory, the stuff shows promise to outperform metals and plastics, and significantly improve cars, computerized devices and other manufactured goods, he thinks.
“I love materials,” said Easter, 61, in an energetic talk about scientists, commodity pricing and the “golden age” of materials, all for a point.