Glass

Video: Toward an International Year of Glass

By Lisa McDonald / October 14, 2020

Since 1959, the General Assembly of the United Nations has designated specific years as United Nations International Years to acknowledged important fields of international endeavor and their contributions to society. Learn about a recent initiative spearheaded by the International Commission on Glass to have 2022 declared the International Year of Glass.

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Persistence is key—topological data analysis reveals hidden medium-range order in glass

By Lisa McDonald / September 11, 2020

Understanding the atomic structure of glass and other amorphous materials is difficult because, unlike crystals, the structure only consists of short-range and medium-range order; long-range order is absent. Researchers led by Aalborg University demonstrate how a topological method called persistent homology could help reveal a glass’s medium-range order structural features.

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Video: Lebanese recycle glass from Beirut blast

By Lisa McDonald / September 9, 2020

The August 4 port explosion in Beirut killed dozens, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in property damage. As the city looks to rebuild, volunteers, nongovernmental groups, and entrepreneurs are trying to salvage some of the wreckage by recycling at least part of the tonnes of glass littering the streets.

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Video: Glass-walled restrooms open to the public in Japan

By Lisa McDonald / August 26, 2020

Toilets are likely one of the last technologies people associate with innovation, but creating high-tech toilets is big business in Japan. And innovating the bathroom experience is not just limited to personal and private settings—the new Tokyo Toilet project looks to dispel perceptions that public toilets are dark, dirty, and smelly.

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Maximize production of electricity and crops—tinted semitransparent solar panels for agrivoltaics

By Lisa McDonald / August 18, 2020

Agrivoltaics, the practice of co-locating photovoltaic infrastructure and agriculture, can lead to reduced crop yield if the solar panels block too much light. Researchers in the United Kingdom and Italy investigated using tinted semitransparent solar panels that selectively absorb certain wavelengths and found a substantial overall financial gain compared with classical agriculture.

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Virtual Glass Summit 2020—ACerS first virtual conference welcomes high attendance and variety of glass topics

By Lisa McDonald / August 11, 2020

ACerS held its first virtual conference, the Virtual Glass Summit, on Aug. 3–5, 2020. The conference welcomed 230 attendees from 13 countries and featured a wide variety of glass topics.

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Modeling teaches old dogs new tricks: Viscosity predictions from dilatometry and DSC

By Jonathon Foreman / July 31, 2020

Determining viscosity of a glass through experiment is a slow and expensive process. In two recent papers published in JACerS, Penn State professor John Mauro and his colleagues show how it can be predicted much easier by using dilatometry and DSC to calculate parameters for a glass viscosity model that was proposed in 2009.

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Video: Next-gen Gorilla Glass improves both scratch and drop resistance

By Lisa McDonald / July 29, 2020

Historically, Corning focused on improving drop resistance rather than scratch resistance when developing new Gorilla Glass. But Gorilla Glass Victus—the latest version announced last week—improves both resistances, with significant results.

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Video: Vitrification of human tissue

By Lisa McDonald / July 22, 2020

Vitrification is the process through which a material turns into a glass or glasslike substance by undergoing rapid cooling. Though the discovery this year that a man’s brain vitrified during the Mount Vesuvius eruption surprised some people, vitrification of human tissue is actually a well-established practice in fertility treatment.

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Coordination polymer glass may provide solid support for PEM fuel cells

By Lisa McDonald / June 2, 2020

Fuel cells are an alternative to batteries to power electric vehicles. Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in particular are of high interest, and researchers in Japan have now developed a new glass material that could serve as an improved electrolyte in these cells.

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