Melting the unmeltable—new method extends the range of meltable MOF materials

By Lisa McDonald / October 12, 2021

Fabricating metal-organic frameworks in a glassy phase is a successful way to synthesize these materials for bulk production. However, some MOFs decompose before reaching the melting temperature and so cannot be turned into a glass. Researchers in Germany and the U.K. found a way to melt these unmeltable MOFs by adding ionic liquid to the compound.

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Making glass research more Fun: The Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass

By Jonathon Foreman / September 14, 2021

The Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass (FunGlass) is an international center for basic and applied research and training in glass science and engineering. A special issue of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science details some of the research performed at FunGlass.

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Borate-based bioactive glass improves treatment of diabetic foot ulcers

By Lisa McDonald / September 3, 2021

Improving treatment of chronic diabetic foot ulcers can prevent the need for amputation. Researchers explored using a new borate-based bioactive glass to improve the rate of wound healing.

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Processing of high-performance materials, plus more inside September 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / August 19, 2021

The September 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring processing of high-performance materials—is now available online. Plus—ACerS Awards and C&GM.

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Securing the future of energy: Glass-based sealants for solid oxide fuel cells

By Lisa McDonald / August 3, 2021

Solid oxide fuel cells hold great potential among fuel cell technologies due to their high heat and power efficiency, long-term stability, fuel flexibility, and relatively low cost. Glass and glass-ceramics are of great interest as sealants in SOFCs, and today’s CTT looks at a few recent studies on glass-based sealants.

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Origami techniques unfold new opportunities for complex glass shaping

By Lisa McDonald / July 30, 2021

Processing options for glass are limited by its brittle nature and the requirement to achieve optical transparency. Researchers from Zhejiang University in China showed it is possible to make 3D objects out of transparent glass using origami techniques.

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Minimize recurrence, maximize regeneration—bioactive glass demonstrates potential in treating giant cell tumor of bone

By Lisa McDonald / July 16, 2021

Giant cell tumor of bone is an aggressive, semimalignant tumor that can grow quickly and destroy bone close to a joint. A research collaboration from Heidelberg University Hospital and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany explored the potential of bioactive glass to treat these bone tumors.

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A nontri‘vial’ matter—researchers find glass containers may degrade certain biomolecules

By Lisa McDonald / July 13, 2021

Many chemicals are stored in glass containers due to the assumed chemical durability of glass. Purdue University researchers found that glass surfaces can cause some biomolecules to degrade, however—leading them to recommend that these chemicals not be stored in glass containers.

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Video: Glass bridges—designing for safety

By Lisa McDonald / June 23, 2021

In recent years, China has undergone a glass bridge building boom as local authorities seek to entice tourists. Despite the brittleness of glass, civil engineers explain how careful design can ensure the safety of bridges built from this material.

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Advancing in-situ measurements during glass production

By Jonathon Foreman / April 9, 2021

Measurement of a glass before, during, and after production are critical for ensuring its processability and properties necessary for end-use application. Two recent articles in the International Journal of Applied Glass Science investigate new in-situ methods for measuring fluorine and bubbles, respectively.

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