ACerS Bulletin

The membership magazine of The American Ceramic Society

Protecting the future of energy: Thin films shield PV glass

In this issue we look at how coatings for glass are making a big difference in the energy world. The cover article describes the results of an experiment creating transparent TiO2 and ZnO thin films for ultraviolet protection of photovoltaic modules. Another feature article offers a different way to think about glass science by looking at the coalescence of glass art and glass science.

The May issue includes the annual Kreidl Award abstract. This year’s awardee writes about his research on optical phase change materials.

Also, the May issue highlights several resources available on ACerS new “Communicating Science” webpage, including a “Glass Comics” series.

Finally, a letter from ACerS president Tatsuki Ohji addresses the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and a special meetings schedule page lists all the changes and cancellations of upcoming ACerS meetings that have taken place so far.

Table of Contents

Feature Articles

 

Transparent TiO2
and ZnO thin films on glass for UV protection of PV modules


Wilhelm Johansson, Albert Peralta,Bo Jonson,
Srinivasan Anand, Lars Österlund, and Stefan
Karlsson
Failure of photovoltaic modules frequently occurs as a result of degradation of their encapsulation material by destructive UV radiation. Transparent TiO2 and ZnO thin films could protect against these harmful wavelengths.
26

Coalescence of glass art and glass science


Nadia A. Elbaar, Briana L. Bennett, Jane B. Cook,
and John C. Mauro
Glass art and glass science often are viewed as dichotomies of the same material study. But these two areas complement each other in theory and utility—which makes promoting a dialogue between the two disciplines a fulfilling endeavor.
30

Reconfigurable optics—a phase change for the better


Yifei Zhang and Juejun Hu
Breaking the coupling between index and loss changes in optical phase change materials opens up numerous reconfigurable photonics applications.
36

Meetings

 

ACerS Updated Meeting
Schedule

39

Glass and Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting

40

Materials Challenges in Alternative & Renewable Energy 2020 and 4th Annual Energy Harvesting Society Meeting

42

Departments

 

News & Trends

5

Spotlight

10

Research Briefs

16

Ceramics in Energy

19

Ceramics in Manufacturing

21

Ceramics in Biomedicine

24

Columns

 

Letter from the President


Tatsuki Ohji
3

Business and Market View


Abhigyan Sengupta

Aerographene and graphene aerogel
9

Deciphering the Discipline

Catalina Young
Glass and you: How glass coatings can
help your body heal
48

Resources

 

Calendar

44

Classified Advertising

45

Display Ad Index

47

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Hidden ceramics that impact the world

In this issue we look at hidden ceramics that impact the world. The cover article discusses the history of how Corning invented catalytic substrates and filters to help reduce air pollution from vehicles. An accompanying application note looks at using silicon nitride as a surgical implant material.

Also, emerging opportunities for transparent ceramics and the mechanics behind porcelain strength are discussed in two columns.

The April issue includes the second issue of Ceramic & Glass Manufacturing, ACerS' new B2B magazine. This issue’s theme is “Breaking in: A guide to working with big business” and features a story on the benefits of small companies, including being fast and flexible.

Finally, several ACerS meetings were rescheduled due to concerns about COVID-19 since the April issue went to print. Find out which meetings were affected at this link.

Table of Contents

Feature Articles

 

Transparent TiO2
and ZnO thin films on glass for UV protection of PV modules


Wilhelm Johansson, Albert Peralta,Bo Jonson,
Srinivasan Anand, Lars Österlund, and Stefan
Karlsson
Failure of photovoltaic modules frequently occurs as a result of degradation of their encapsulation material by destructive UV radiation. Transparent TiO2 and ZnO thin films could protect against these harmful wavelengths.
26

Coalescence of glass art and glass science


Nadia A. Elbaar, Briana L. Bennett, Jane B. Cook,
and John C. Mauro
Glass art and glass science often are viewed as dichotomies of the same material study. But these two areas complement each other in theory and utility—which makes promoting a dialogue between the two disciplines a fulfilling endeavor.
30

Reconfigurable optics—a phase change for the better


Yifei Zhang and Juejun Hu
Breaking the coupling between index and loss changes in optical phase change materials opens up numerous reconfigurable photonics applications.
36

Meetings

 

ACerS Updated Meeting
Schedule

39

Glass and Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting

40

Materials Challenges in Alternative & Renewable Energy 2020 and 4th Annual Energy Harvesting Society Meeting

42

Departments

 

News & Trends

5

Spotlight

10

Research Briefs

16

Ceramics in Energy

19

Ceramics in Manufacturing

21

Ceramics in Biomedicine

24

Columns

 

Letter from the President


Tatsuki Ohji
3

Business and Market View


Abhigyan Sengupta

Aerographene and graphene aerogel
9

Deciphering the Discipline

Catalina Young
Glass and you: How glass coatings can
help your body heal
48

Resources

 

Calendar

44

Classified Advertising

45

Display Ad Index

47

Read ACerS Bulletin

The American Ceramic Society Bulletin brings you the latest industry news and trends, as well as news about the Society, its members, and activities.