Centre for Glass Research
Glass Science and Technology has long been an important element in the University's research profile, and the Centre for Glass Research provides a national and international focus for this work. The current Directors of the Centre are Emeritus Professor John M Parker and Professor Russell J Hand.
Within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, we have facilities for making glasses for experimentation and research, with furnaces that can melt glasses up to a temperature of 1600°C, with melt sizes ranging from 50g to 500g. Dr Lisa Hollands leads the glass making activities for the Department.
Links and interactions
While primarily based in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering there are active links to:
- Archaeology (Professor Caroline Jackson)
- Clinical Dentistry (Professor Paul Hatton & Dr Cheryl Miller)
Numerous interactions with other Universities and Research Organisations both within and outside the UK also exist.
Current research interests include:
Working with industry
The existence of the centre attracts a steady stream of enquiries, which range from legal liability cases to requests for information from the public concerning specific aspects of glass behaviour. Many firms contact us concerning manufacture of specimens or property design. We are keen to build on our existing strengths in glassy materials and developing further link to outside organisations.
For more information about the Centre for Glass Research, please contact Professor Russell Hand.