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GOMD Symposia


Glass & Optical Materials Division Meeting


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Download the Final Program to schedule each day. Sessions will highlight a range of topics with emphasis on interdisciplinary studies incorporating physics, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, and engineering.



Symposium I: Robert H. Doremus Memorial Symposium

Lead Contact: Mark Davis
Schott North America Inc., Duryea, PA, USA


Co-Organizer: Minoru Tomozawa
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA


The glass community recently lost one of its giants, Professor Robert H. Doremus. This session seeks to capture the essence of his nearly 50-year involvement with glass-related research. His work involved an incredibly wide array of topics, including phase transformation rates, bioceramics, diffusion, redox kinetics, viscosity, optical absorption, water in glass, to name only some of them. In addition to this important research, Prof. Doremus influenced many of the next generation(s) of glass scientists through his teaching and advisement. Talks for this session will include any of the various topics that Prof. Doremus studied during his illustrious career. Talks that specifically illustrate the role that he had in any specific field would be particularly welcome.



Symposium II: Glass Science

Lead Contact: Prabhat K. Gupta
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA


“The Nature of Glass Remains Anything but Clear” proclaimed a recent headline of the NY Times (July 29, 2008). With glass widely acknowledged as one of the most challenging unsolved problems in physics and researchers actively pursuing fundamental glass science from a diverse set of communities, there has never been a more exciting time to be a glass scientist! This symposium will address fundamental glass science issues from a variety of theoretical and experimental perspectives.


Topology and Rigidity


Matthieu Micoulaut

Université Pierre-et-Marie Curie, Paris, France

Normand Mousseau

Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada


In the three decades since its introduction by Phillips, the topological description of the glassy state has enabled many breakthroughs in our understanding of the composition dependence of glass properties, including both oxide and nonoxide systems. With this topological approach, a glass is considered as a network of bond constraints with varying degrees of rigidity. This session will focus on recent advances in topological modeling and rigidity theory, including the self-organized intermediate phase and the relationship between network rigidity and aging behavior.



Glass Transition and Relaxation


Prabhat K. Gupta

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Roger J. Loucks

Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA


A fundamental understanding of glass transition and relaxation is essential for enabling future breakthroughs in glass science and technology. This session will cover the thermodynamics and dynamics of glass transition and relaxation phenomena from both theoretical and experimental perspectives, with particular emphasis on recent developments.




Organizer: Lothar Wondraczek
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany


This session will address transport properties and rheology in both glasses and glass-forming melts. Specific topics include recent developments in diffusion, viscosity, fragility, ionic conductivity, stress-related effects and high confinement. Contributions are also invited that address the role of viscosity in glass-forming processes.



Atomistic Modeling of Glass

Ulrich Fotheringham
Schott AG, Mainz, Germany

Jincheng Du
University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA


Atomistic modeling has proved to be a valuable tool for understanding structure-property relationships and promises to play an even larger role in the development of new glass compositions. This session will focus on atomistic simulations of glass, including both classical and ab initio levels. Special focus will be given to new computational techniques designed to address length and time scale issues, as well as the development of improved force fields for industrial glass systems. This session will include a roadmapping discussion on recent advances in atomistic modeling and simulation and challenges facing the ultimate computational design of glass.



Symposium III: Glass Technology
Lead Contact: Arun K. Varshneya
Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA


From glass windows and lenses to light bulbs and optical fiber, glass has proven to be one of the key enablers of modern civilization. And with the current rate of advancement in glass technology, we are just getting started! This symposium will focus on the forward-looking aspects of industrial glass-forming technology, as well as new applications of glass and glass-ceramics for energy and environmental applications, optics and photonics, medicine and biotechnology, and high-strength products.


Glasses for Energy and Environmental Applications

Joachim Deubener
Clausthal University of Technology, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

Dean M. Thelen
Corning Incorporated, Corning, NY, USA


Glass has proven to be a critical material for emerging energy and environmental applications. Specific topics in this session include glasses for photovoltaics and other solar conversion systems, glasses in nuclear and wind power generation, sealing glasses for solid oxide fuel cells, glass electrolytes for super-capacitors, glass microspheres for hydrogen storage, and glasses for air and water purification.



Non-Oxide and Optical Glasses


Hong Li
Schott North America Inc., Duryea, PA, USA

Amanda Young
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA


The design and realization of systems for optical signal processing and transmission, data storage, and sensing applications require the successful synthesis and application of optical materials. An understanding of the interrelationship between material processing, multi-scale structural characteristics, and optical properties is therefore needed. In this session we focus attention on optical materials that form the basis for both active and passive components critical to the successful execution of a variety of optical and photonic systems.



Glasses for Medicine and Biotechnology
Organizer: Matthew M. Hall
Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA


This session will provide a forum to present the results of basic and applied research on the use of glass and glass-ceramic materials in the areas of medicine and biotechnology. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to: bioactive glasses and glass-ceramics, glass ionomer cements, dental materials, biosensors, glasses for pharmaceutical packaging, glass-based microfluidics, and the interactions of biological systems with glass surfaces.



Organizer: Robert A. Schaut
Corning Incorporated, Corning, NY, USA


This session will cover recent progress in glass-ceramic research, including compositions, processing, properties, and applications. Come join us for an exciting session on glass-ceramics…the original nanomaterial!



Super High-Strength Glasses
Organizer: Arun K. Varshneya
Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA


The observation boxes on the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Skywalk nearly 4000 feet above ground in Grand Canyons are the latest marvels of engineering where much faith has been placed in glass as a structural element. Transparent military armor, solar energy collector substrates, hurricane-resistant glass windows, and display windows in personal mobile communication electronics are some of the potentially large scale markets for glass where a high strength to weight ratio is a key decision factor. Glass products are now being made to 1 GPa MOR, but there is much more to go. This session seeks original contributions, however small, in the field of technology and science of higher and higher strength of glass. Be the pioneer to set a blazing trail!



Melting and Process Modeling
Organizer: Olus N. Boratav
Corning Incorporated, Corning, NY, USA


This session will focus on state-of-the-art approaches related to problems in glass melting and forming process modeling. This meeting is an excellent opportunity to bring together engineers, scientists, and researchers who will share the knowledge in their areas of expertise and learn about the latest developments and future trends in glass melting and forming modeling. Some of the related topics can be (but not limited to) the mathematical simulation of furnaces, thermal modeling of glass melting and forming, modeling of glass delivery systems, glass melting techniques, batch chemistry, float and fusion process modeling, gas exchange between glass and bubbles, defect formation in glass, viscoelastic behavior of glass, and residual stress formation.



Symposium IV: Glass Corrosion
Lead Contact: Joseph V. Ryan
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA


Co-Organizer: Nathan Mellott
Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA


This symposium is devoted to both short- and long-term corrosion issues in glass. Short-term issues will include stress corrosion, weathering, modeling of surface-molecular interactions, and the effectiveness of interleaving. Long-term issues will include corrosion of nuclear waste glass, ancient glass, and glass art. The symposium will also feature a tutorial on glass corrosion by Prof. Carlo Pantano from Pennsylvania State University.


Short-Term Corrosion Issues

Long-Term Corrosion Issues: Waste Glass

Long-Term Corrosion: Geochemistry and Ancient Glass



Symposium V: Glass Structure and Properties

Glass Structure and Properties


Sabyasachi Sen
University of California-Davis, Davis, CA, USA
Randall E. Youngman
Corning Incorporated, Corning, NY, USA


This session will focus on studies of glass structure and the structural origin of macroscopic properties, covering both oxide and nonoxide systems. Short- and intermediate-range structure as obtained from spectroscopy and diffraction will be featured, as well as studies of the Boson peak and the impact of thermal history on glass structure and properties.



Photoinduced Structural Change in Glass

Organizer: Pierre Lucas
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA


Optically induced processes can provide the basis for significant modification in structure and associated material properties/processes, including physical, chemical, electrical, and optical behavior. This session will cover topics involving light-induced structural modifications in amorphous solids. Topics pertaining to light-matter interactions, whether beneficial and intended such as photo-patterning or detrimental and unintended such as photo-degradation are of interest. These include but are not limited to femtosecond-laser-writing in silicates, photostructural effects in chalcogenides, photo-reactivity in polymeric glasses, photo-ablation, and others. Contributions to the experimental and theoretical aspects of these topics are encouraged for this session.



Poster Session and Student Poster Competition

Organizer: TJ Kiczenski

Corning Incorporated, Corning, NY, USA


Poster abstracts will be accepted for all sessions and symposia. Students are encouraged to enter their presentations in the annual poster competition for recognition by the glass community and for cash awards!



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