International Year of Glass – 26th ICG 2022

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Group picture at the ICG

The UN formally approved a resolution declaring the year 2022 as the International Year of Glass to celebrate the heritage and importance of this material in our lives. And yet many glass factories are struggling to survive. High energy costs and considerable CO2 emissions mean that glass production faces a challenging future. Researchers at FAU – who are members in our IRTG – are conducting research aimed at finding a solution to make glass production more sustainable without relying on fossil fuels. Their approach is based on electrically operated furnaces.

During the International Year of Glass, our members PhD student David and his supervisor Rita from project G attended the 26th International Congress on Glass in Berlin the past week. PhD student David presented a poster and lecture on their Glass-Ceramics work about the roles of Zr and Ti on the parent glass structure and crystal assemblage for piezoelectricity.

Prof. Madoka Ono from Hokkaido Universiry, who was a chair at the ICG 2022 and is a good colleague from one of our partners at Nagoya Institute of Technolody, visited us for an invited talk beforehand. She discussed the topology control of silica glass for ultralow optical scattering loss. Find the full list of all the speakers we invited within this series here.