International Materials Institute
for New Functionality in Glass

Technical Program Overview

An International Interactive Conference on

Properties and Applications for Energy & Information.

January 6-11, 2013 in Siracusa, Sicily, Italy.


Technical Program Overview (updated 12.10.12)

This ECI (Engineering Conference International) conference will discuss recent advances in glass research as well as identify the requirements that glass must satisfy for new and emerging applications. It will focus especially on energy and information technologies in which glass is expected to have a large impact in the near future. The Conference will aim to establish dialog between leading glass users and active glass researchers, together with the glass manufacturers who often serve as the interface between these two communities, through a series of invited talks, panel discussions, breakout sessions and poster sessions.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Applications of Glass in Energy Technology.

Topics: Lighting, Photovoltaics, Coatings

Dr. Mehran Arbab, Director of Research & Technology, Glass & Fiber Glass, PPG Industries, USA
"Integrated Glass Substrates for OLED Lighting"
Dr. Joachim Deubener, Professor & Director of Institute of Non-Metallic Materials, Clausthal University, Germany
"Alterations of Glass Surfaces & Functional Coatings for Energy Conversion Systems"
Dr. Sener Oktik, President, Research & Technological Development, Sisecam, Turkey
"Photovoltaic Industry & Role of Glass for Reducing the Cost of Solar Energy"

Applications of Glass in Information Technology.

Topics: Displays, Thin Roll-to-Roll Glass, Optical MEMS

Dr. Sean Garner, Scientist, Corning, USA
"Ultra-Slim Glass for Electronic Applications"
Dr. Driss Lamine, Project Manager, Saint Gobain, France
"A General Introduction for the USe and Needs of TCMs in Glass Industry"
Dr. Marc van den Neste, VP, Technogy & Innovation, Asahi Glass-Europe
"Unlimited Glass - A Mirror of Our World's Trends"
Prof. Dr. Philip Russell, Director, Max Planck for the Science of Light, Germany
"Microstructured Optical Fibers: Opportunities and Challanges"

Evening Session: POSTER SESSION I - Glass for Energy

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Glass Properties for Energy Applications I

Topics: Optical Response, Electrical (ionic/proton/mixed) Conductivity, Dielectrics

Dr. Claes-Goran Granqvist, Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden
"Coated Glass for Energy Efficient Buildings: Spectral selectivity, angular dependence and time variability"
Dr. Martin Letz, Senior Scientist, Research & Technological Development, SCHOTT AG, Germany
"Dielectric Properties of Glasses & Glass Ceramics and Examples of Applications"

Dr. Bernhard Roling, Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Marburg, Germany
"Ion Transport Across Grain Boundaries in Fast Lithium Ion Conducting Glass Ceramics"

Glass Properties for Energy Applications II

Topics: Glass Strength, Chemical Strengthening, Surface Mechanochemistry

Dr. Timothy Gross, Corning, USA
"Chemically Strengthened Glass with Improved Damage Resistance"
Dr. Seong Kim, Professor, Chemical Engineering Dept., Penn State University, USA
"Surface Chemistry of Glass - Interfacial Water and Machanochemical Properties"
Dr. Satoshi Yoshida, Professor, Dept. of Materials Science, University of Shiga Perfecture, Japan
"Fundamentals of Indentation Cracking in Glass"

Evening Session:
Poster Session II:
Glass for Information Technology

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Energy Storage Technologies.

Topics: Li-Battery Technology, Superionic Conducting Glass & Glass-Ceramics, Li-Air and Li-water battery.

Dr. Richard Brow, Curators' Professor, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology, USA
"Sealing Glasses for Electrochemical Devices"
Dr. Steve Garofalini, professor, Interfacial Molecular Science Laboratory, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, Rutgers University, USA
"Proton Behavior at Glass/Water Interfaces: Implications on Reaction & proton Transport"
Dr. Tsuyoshi Honma, Porfessor, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Nagaoka, Japan
"Glass Ceramics for Innovative Secondary Batteries"
Dr. Steve Martin, Professor, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, Iowa State University, USA
"Glass for Energy Storage: Advancing the Energy Density and Safety of Batteries"

Afternoon & Evening: Excursion (optional) / Free Time

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Glass Properties for Information Applications I

Topics: Laser-Glass Interaction, Plasmonics, Glass for Non-linear Optics, Nanophotonics

Dr. Thierry Cardinal, Chargé de Recherche et Animateur Scientifique, Institut de Chimie de la
Matière Condensée de Bordeaux, CNRS, University of Bordeaux, France
"Glass and Glass Ceramic for Non-linear Optics: Fundamentals & Application"
Dr. Jianrong Qiu, Professor, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, South China University of Technology, China
"Femtosecond Laser Microprocessing of Glass Fundamentals and Applications"
Dr. Limin Tong, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical Instrumentation, Dept. of Optical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China
"Microfiber/Nanofiber Photonics"

Glass Properties for Information Applications II

Topics: Integrated Optics, Microstructured/Novel Optical Fibers, Glass for Information Storage

Dr. Raman Kashyap, Professor and Canada Research Chair on Future Photonics Systems, University of Montreal, Canada
"Processing of Optical Materials for Photonics and Integrated Optics" (TBC)
Dr. Younes Messaddeq, Professor, Dept. of Physics, Engineering Physics & Optics, University of Laval, Canada; also Canada Excellence Chair in Enabling Photonic Innovations for Information & Communciation
"Towards the Development of Advanced Optical Fibers"
Dr. Asokan Sundarrajan, Dept. of Instrumentation & Applied Physics, Indian Institue of Science, Bangalore, India
"Understanding the Electrical Switching of Chalcogenide Glasses for Phase Change Memory Applications"

Evening Session: POSTER SESSION II - Glass for Information Technology

Friday, January 11, 2013

Glass Processing and Fabrication.

Topics: Laser Patterning / Crystallization, Nanostructuring Surfaces / Nano-photonics, Laser Cutting

Dr. Roland Langfeld, Research Fellow, SCHOTT AG, Germany
"Making Glass Better"
Dr. Takashi Murata, Manager, Nippon Electric Glass (NEG), Japan
"High Refractive Index Glass for OLED Lighting"
Dr. Tayyab Suratwala, Associate Program Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, USA
"Surface Interactions on Glass Optics during Fabrication, Post-processing and Laser Operation"
Dr. Xiang-Hua Zhang, Research Director, Lab. Glasses and Ceramics, University of Rennes, France
"Production of Chalcogenide Glass Optics: Motivation, Current Status and Future Developments"

Morning session and short afternoon session.

PANEL DISCUSSION (Friday afternoon)

In conclusion to the conference, a PANEL DISCUSSION, led by leaders of major glass companies is planned on Friday afternoon. Based on information presented during the week, it will focus on the future directions of glass for energy and information applications.

Conference Registration

This conference is being organized through ECI. For more information; submit an abstract and to register, please go to the ECI Website.

Poster Sessions

All posters will be displayed on poster boards measuring 2.5 mtrs (8') high and by 1 mtr (39") wide. Posters will be hung & secured using double-sided tape.
Suggested poster size: 36" x 48" (Portrait orientation) to ensure it fits the board and allow easy viewing level.
Any questions regarding the poster session should be directed to the Conference organizers: ECI at or call 1-212-514-6760

Special Note: IMI-NFG Scholarship Awardees and other IMI-supported participants will recieve specific information/instruction directly from Sarah Wing regarding the poster session.


A limited number of scholarships are available to students/postdocs studying full time in a US University. ALL scholarships have now been awarded & recipients notified.
More information on how to apply please click here: Scholarship Application Process>
Deadline November 15, 2012
Any questions relating to scholarships should be made by e-mail to Sarah Wing at

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DMR-0844014.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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