Centre for Glass Research

Pouring molten glass into a circular mould

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.

Professor Neil Hyatt and Dr Claire Corkhill are leading academics in the field of nuclear materials, and much of their work focuses on the use of glass for nuclear waste containment.

Glass making

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:

Numerous interactions with other Universities and Research Organisations both within and outside the UK also exist.

Research interests

Current research interests include:

  • Structural characterisation
  • Optical properties including colour and applications such as optical fibres
  • Vitrification
  • Crystallisation
  • Glass ceramics
  • Glass composite materials
  • Nuclear waste glasses
  • Coatings
  • Strength
  • Durability
  • Chemical durability
We can make a wide variety of glass types including chalcogenide and fluorides.

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.

Contact Us

For more information about the Centre for Glass Research, please contact Professor Russell Hand.