Glass

Introduction to “Glass durability and reactions with water” for Glass: Then and Now

By Jonathon Foreman / May 3, 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 durability and reactions with water.

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Video: ‘Glass Ships in Bottles’ exhibition explores the unusual history of UK scientific glassblowers

By Lisa McDonald / April 27, 2022

When heavy industry in the United Kingdom experienced a decline in the 1970s, scientific glassblowers began making and selling glass ships in bottles to stay afloat. An exhibition at the Scottish Maritime Museum looks at this unusual history and how it blossomed into a highly viable commercial enterprise.

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Accelerating development of paper-like electronic screens—researchers explore friction behaviors of stylus tips on textured glass surfaces

By Lisa McDonald / April 26, 2022

An electronic screen that mimics a paper-like surface is a desirable feature for many consumers. Texturing the screen is one way manufacturers attempt to achieve this experience, and researchers in Japan compared the friction behaviors of three commercial stylus tips on flat and textured glass surfaces.

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ACerS celebrates the International Year of Glass, plus more inside May 2022 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / April 21, 2022

The May 2022 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring past, present, and future applications of glass—is now available online. Plus—National Day of Glass recap.

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National Day of Glass Conference celebrates glass science, art, and engineering

By Eileen De Guire / April 12, 2022

The National Day of Glass Conference, held April 5–7, 2022, in Washington, D.C., kicked off North American-based celebrations of the United Nations International Year of Glass. Learn what took place at the conference and where you can find recordings of all the talks.

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Introduction to “Bioactive glasses” for Glass: Then and Now, plus other ACerS collections

By Jonathon Foreman / April 8, 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 bioactive glasses. Plus, ACerS is offering several other collections on this topic.

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Video: Glass flood walls prevent flooding while maintaining the view

By Lisa McDonald / April 6, 2022

Flood walls are traditionally made of concrete, but a few manufacturers are exploring the use of glass in flood wall design to maintain views of the surrounding area. See some examples of these glass walls in real-world applications.

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Video: Europe’s gas crisis comes for Venice glassblowers

By Lisa McDonald / March 16, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is contributing to an ongoing surge in fuel prices that has greatly affected numerous European industries since last fall. Last November we reported on challenges faced by the ceramics industry, and today we look at the struggles of Venice glassblowers to keep their centuries-old tradition alive.

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Introduction to “Chemically strengthened glasses” for Glass: Then and Now 

By Jonathon Foreman / March 1, 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 chemically strengthened glasses.

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Revealing the surface structural cause of scratch formation on soda-lime-silica glass

By Lisa McDonald / February 25, 2022

Scratch formation on glass surfaces is a ubiquitous phenomenon, yet little information is available on the role of glass surface structure in triggering scratch formation. In a new open-access study, University of Bayreuth researchers “scratch the surface” on understanding the surface structural elements of soda–lime–silica glass that contribute to scratch formation.

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