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Glass researchers: Show off your work in a short video!

Researcher taking a glass sample

[Image above] Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; YouTube

What are you doing to advance research in glass and optical materials? The world wants to hear about it!

ACerS Glass & Optical Materials Division (GOMD) is leading an initiative to encourage glass researchers to show off their work in a 5–8-minute video. Links to the videos are curated on the GOMD webpage for convenient viewing. Consider this your official invitation:

Whether you work in academia or in the corporate world, ACerS GOMD wants to hear from you. How is YOUR TEAM innovating?

Schott Research & Development is making the world’s thinnest glass that can be rolled up like a roll of tape. The company also is creating nanoscale materials with new properties that will pave the way for novel applications of innovative nanomaterials.

At its Innovation Center, Owens-Illinois has replicated a manufacturing plant and is developing new technologies and processes for melting and forming glass, evaluating existing production technologies, and expanding prototype innovations.

With 40 years of research experience, LaMaV’s Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEV) boasts a pilot-scale glass melting furnace that melts up to 7 kilograms of glass, a viscometer, 16 heat treatment furnaces, and other cool (or hot?) equipment.

The Optics and Materials Science & Technology (OMST) organization at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is currently working to create the world’s most damage-resistant optics and conducting research for other innovations in areas of bulk materials, laser–matter interactions, and chemical and laser post-processing.

Ohio University is studying silver-alloyed versions of phase change memories, which could possibly improve memory in our electronic devices.

Did you know that bioactive glass could play a role in stimulating the healing process for broken bones? Imperial College London researchers are developing solutions for regenerative medicine.

Researchers at the University of Tennessee Space Institute focus their research primarily on fluoride glass and have several opportunities for collaboration.

At Iowa State University, the Glass and Optical Materials group is conducting research on sulfide glasses. Did you know that sulfide glass, used in night vision cameras and goggles, is better at transmitting infrared light than oxide glass?

So why submit a video?

There are several reasons glass researchers can benefit from a video about their research.

“The videos will attract research students, post-docs, and researchers from other communities (physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, statistics, medical/dental sciences, etc.) for collaborative work,” GOMD chair Edgar Zanotto wrote in a recent email.

“It will also help with university outreach efforts and help advertise (promote) the research group to potential sponsors, industries, and funding agencies,” he added.

Videos should be 5–8 minutes in length, in English, and should illustrate your research facility, faculty, staff, and examples of your research. They don’t have to be professionally produced. In fact, you can use your own video camera or smartphone to create them!

“The important thing is content and keywords, which makes them searchable online,” Zanotto explained.

You can easily do this on YouTube—make sure to include appropriate keywords in the video title (headline) and description (under the video).

It’s time to start bragging about your research. Send the link to your video on YouTube to Zanotto at For more information, visit the ACerS GOMD page.