Glass

Deep learning provides deep help—researchers develop publicly available software for rational design of oxide glasses

By Lisa McDonald / May 5, 2020

Designing new oxide glass compositions can be an arduous process when relying on the “cook and look” approach. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi developed composition-property deep learning models for eight key oxide glass properties, and they made the software available publicly online.

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Thin films shield PV glass, plus more inside May 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / April 23, 2020

The May 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring transparent thin films for PV modules and glass science and art—is now available online. Plus—Kreidl Award abstract

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Could glass be used to make reusable PPE?

By Lisa McDonald / April 17, 2020

As countries around the world continue their fight against COVID-19, personal protective equipment is in short supply—especially because many items generally can be used only once. Could glass be used to create washable and reusable PPE? ACerS Distinguished Life Member Arun Varshneya explains why glass may not be the best approach.

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Video: Finding beauty in the cracks

By Lisa McDonald / April 15, 2020

The ability of laminated glass to hold together upon shattering is invaluable in safety and security applications—and art as well. Artist Simon Berger controls cracking in laminated glass to create portraits using the cracks.

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Could unraveling of the recycling cycle create new opportunities for glass?

By April Gocha / March 31, 2020

Recycling is currently a materials dead end—but what does that mean for other container materials? Glass could capitalize on the void left by discarded single-use plastics.

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Video: Capturing virus in glass

By Lisa McDonald / March 25, 2020

Since 2004, British artist Luke Jerram has created glass sculptures depicting various well-known viruses, including AIDS and smallpox. He now has created a glass version of the novel coronavirus as well.

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Catching a break—how sol-gel coatings strengthen display glass

By Jonathon Foreman / March 17, 2020

Sol-gel is a relatively inexpensive and easily controlled coating method to potentially strengthen glass. In a recent ACerS journal article, researchers look at the three key factors affecting the ability of sol-gel coatings to strengthen glass: elastic modulus, residual stress, and filling ratio.

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Video: Flip phones are making a comeback, but this time glass is involved

By April Gocha / February 26, 2020

Flip phones seem to be making a comeback—Samsung recently debuted its latest device in a slate of foldable phones currently on the market. But the electronics giant’s new model is the first to feature a foldable glass display—or does it?

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Modeling advances materials research, plus more inside March 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / February 20, 2020

The March 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring discrete element modeling of refractory materials—is now available online. Plus—new ACerS Division and ACerS-ECerS MOU

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Corroding confidence—water threatens stability of vitrified nuclear waste

By Lisa McDonald / February 14, 2020

Vitrification, an established solution for nuclear waste disposal, is considered stable once the waste is turned into glass. New research led by The Ohio State University shows this stability could be threatened if water contacts the metal canister containing the glass.

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