Volume 90 Issue 25 | pp. 34-36
Issue Date: June 18, 2012

New Applications For Glass Emerge

As current as smartphones, as eternal as ancient Chinese tea sets, glass enjoys a clear advantage in many applications
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: glass, ceramics, borate, aluminosilicate, bioactive glass

Like other materials that have been known and used for millennia, glass is sometimes taken for granted. Yet this age-old material plays a central role in numerous applications—and not just classic ones like architecture, windows, lenses, bottles, and containers.

In fact, “glass is one of the enabling materials in electronics, communications, sensing, medicine, nuclear waste storage, and many other fields,” said John Ballato, a Clemson University materials science professor and fiber-optics specialist.

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