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DKA September Newsletter

Sep 1, 2023

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Respect for the Aged Day on September 18th

On September 18th, Japan observes a heartwarming tradition known as “Respect for the Aged Day.”  This special day is dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the elderly members of society for their invaluable contributions and wisdom.

The importance of this day lies in the deep-rooted respect and gratitude Japanese culture holds for seniors. It symbolizes the nation’s commitment to cherishing the elderly and recognizing their significant role in shaping families, communities, and the country as a whole.

During this celebration, people come together to engage in various activities, such as family gatherings, community events, and even volunteering to assist the elderly. It’s a beautiful reminder that the elderly should be treated with care, love, and dignity, as they continue to inspire generations with their life experiences and knowledge. We wish everyone a Happy Respect for the Aged Day! 


Fall Equinox holiday, September 23rd

Join DKK America Materials, Inc. (“DKA”) in celebrating the Fall Equinox holiday. On September 23rd, Japan celebrates this holiday, marking the transition from summer to autumn. This special day holds profound significance in Japanese culture, blending ancient traditions with a deep appreciation for nature and harmony.

As the day and night become equal in length, the Fall Equinox serves as a time for reflection and gratitude. It’s a cherished occasion when families come together to pay respects to their ancestors, visiting their grave sites and offering prayers. The custom known as “Higan” represents a spiritual connection to those who came before us, fostering a sense of continuity and reverence for our roots.

This holiday also accentuates the beauty of Japan’s natural landscapes during the autumn season. The Fall Equinox holiday reminds us of the cyclical nature of life and the importance of finding balance and harmony within ourselves and the world around us. 


About DKK

DKK America Materials, Inc. (“DKA”) is the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Daiichi Kigenso Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd. (“DKK”). DKK America Materials, Inc. (“DKA”) maximizes the potential of zirconium compounds.

As a dedicated zirconium manufacturer, our unique technologies maximize the potential of zirconium properties. Our zirconium compounds and materials have many applications that advance technology and safety.

Applications Include:

  • Industrial Catalysts
  • Dental Materials
  • Automotive Catalysts
  • Electronic Materials
  • Fine Ceramics
  • Fuel Cells
  • Oxygen Sensors
  • Semiconductors


September Product Highlights


Zirconium Ceramics: Unlocking the Power of Oxygen Ion Permeability

When it comes to cutting-edge materials in the world of advanced technology, zirconium ceramics have emerged as a remarkable contender. These ceramics possess a unique property that sets them apart – they are permeable to oxygen ions. Let’s delve into the significance of this characteristic and explore why zirconium ceramics are gaining importance.

Unraveling Oxygen Ion Permeability:

Zirconium ceramics are known for their exceptional ability to conduct oxygen ions at high temperatures. Under specific conditions, these ceramics allow oxygen ions to move freely through their crystalline lattice, making them ideal for various electrochemical applications.

Applications and Importance:

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs): One of the most promising applications of zirconium ceramics is in SOFCs. These fuel cells generate electricity by converting chemical energy from a fuel into electrical energy through the movement of oxygen ions. Zirconium ceramics act as the electrolyte in SOFCs, facilitating the movement of oxygen ions from the cathode to the anode, resulting in the generation of clean and efficient electricity.

Oxygen Sensors: Zirconium ceramics find use in oxygen sensors, vital in automotive exhaust systems and industrial processes. Oxygen sensors based on zirconium ceramics detect oxygen concentration by measuring the electrical conductivity changes as oxygen ions pass through the ceramic material. This allows for precise monitoring and control of the air-to-fuel ratio, contributing to better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

The Power of Oxygen Ion Conductivity:

The unique oxygen ion permeability of zirconium ceramics holds the key to several sustainable and efficient technologies. As we strive for greener energy solutions, these ceramics open up new possibilities for clean power generation, reduced emissions, and improved industrial processes. Their high temperature stability and ionic conductivity make them an asset in tackling modern energy and environmental challenges.

In conclusion, zirconium ceramics stand as a testament to the advances we can achieve when we harness the exceptional properties of materials. Their permeability to oxygen ions has positioned them at the forefront of clean energy and environmental applications. As research and development continue, we can anticipate even more uses for these ceramics, propelling us towards a brighter and more sustainable future.

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