Glass

Femtosecond laser bursts drill crack-free holes in glass

By Lisa McDonald / January 27, 2023

Femtosecond lasers have led to great advances in micromachining capabilities, including for glass technologies. Now, researchers in France demonstrated the potential of a modified femtosecond laser approach based on burst pulses to drill crack-free holes in glass.

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Crystallization of hybridized glasses provides a general and easy strategy for fabricating transparent ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / January 17, 2023

Current sintering methods used to obtain transparent ceramics face several challenges, including strict processing conditions and limited shape and size control. Researchers led by South China University of Technology presented a new general strategy for constructing dual-phase transparent ceramics from hybridized glasses that offers shape and size control as well as the potential for functionalization.

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Close of International Year of Glass heralds start of the Age of Glass

By Eileen De Guire / January 4, 2023

About 120 people gathered in New York City for a debriefing of the International Year of Glass at the United Nations Headquarters in December 2022. This CTT summarizes what took place at the event, as well as highlights the “Seven Glass Wonders of the World” that were revealed at the IYOG Closing Ceremony in Japan.

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Preserving photographic plates—the potential role of glass alteration in gelatin delamination

By Lisa McDonald / January 3, 2023

The Animal Locomotion series by Eadweard Muybridge is a set of glass photographic plates that are widely regarded as the immediate predecessor to the development of motion pictures. Researchers from the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute investigated how formation of an amorphous surface layer on the glass plates due to water exposure can impact delamination of the image-containing gelatin layer.

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Introduction to “Glass under pressure” for Glass: Then and Now

By Jonathon Foreman / December 21, 2022

As part of the IYoG celebrations, ACerS’ “Glass: Then and Now” series is highlighting ACerS journal articles each month that support advancement in glass science and technology. The focus this month is glass under pressure.

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Video: A look back on the International Year of Glass and a turn to the future

By Lisa McDonald / December 21, 2022

With the spectacular International Year of Glass at its end, today’s CTT looks back on some of the many events which took place this year. Included is a special address to the community by Megan McElfresh, executive director of the Stained Glass Association of America.

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Mundane objects offer novel insights: Characterization of ancient glass beads provides clues to Middle Age trade networks

By Lisa McDonald / November 15, 2022

Glass beads, though likely considered mundane at the time, now offer rich insight into the Middle Ages. Danish researchers dug deeper into the history of these beads by analyzing glass samples from two different workshops at the historical Ribe trading site in Denmark.

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Introduction to “Glass-ceramics” for Glass: Then and Now

By Jonathon Foreman / November 11, 2022

As part of the IYoG celebrations, ACerS’ “Glass: Then and Now” series is highlighting ACerS journal articles each month that support advancement in glass science and technology. The focus this month is glass-ceramics.

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Sustainability guides discussion at 83rd Conference on Glass Problems

By Lisa McDonald / November 8, 2022

The 83rd Conference on Glass Problems welcomed 426 attendees to Columbus, Ohio, from Oct. 31–Nov. 3, 2022. The conference featured numerous talks on various aspects of sustainability, including decarbonization and energy efficiency, raw materials, and collaborative initiatives.

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Be like glass

By Lisa McDonald / November 8, 2022

As the International Year of Glass nears its end, Alfred University Inamori Professor of Materials Science & Engineering S.K. Sundaram offers a new take on Bruce Lee’s famous “be like water” quote, in honor of this International Year.

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