Glass can be engineered with a wide range of properties and in many different forms to make it important in both active and passive applications for current and emerging energy and environmental technologies. This session aims to draw an arc from the fundamental approaches (interplay of theory, modelling and experiment) via material properties (compositional influences and signatures) and their characterization (in situ, ex situ) to manufacturing (novel processing techniques), long-time performance and recycling aspects (cradle-to-cradle) of glasses and glass systems for energy/environmental applications. Current applications and future directions in the fields of architecture, mobility, power as well as chemical (catalysis) and biological (biomass) interactions will be addressed to foster the value of thinking about designed-in sustainable solutions in their particular areas of scientific or technical glass research. The session will be subdivided in the following three aspects:
Glass substrates – This part will cover all aspects of glass substrates for energy/environmental applications including their interactions with functional materials during processing and service. Architecture, solar and automotive glasses are the primary focus of this session.
Active glassy materials – This part will cover all aspects of glasses playing a functional role as sealant, frequency converter, ion conductor, catalyser, concentrator, etc. for energy and environmental applications including experimental and theoretical development in the understanding of their functional properties.
Thin film technologies – This part will cover all aspects of functional glassy films and glassy and polycrystalline films on glasses for energy/environmental applications with special focus on their physical modelling (single coats, stacks, etc.), depositions techniques (sputtering, evaporation, sol-gel, etc.), metrics and chemistry (roughness, surface chemistry, dielectric properties, etc.), performance and environmental issues.
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