International Materials Institute
for New Functionality in Glass

A mini Interactive Web Course on

January 17 - March 1, 2012

ALL registered participants should have received detailed Information and Instructions on the Glass in Energy Course by e-mail.
If you registered for the course but did not receieve this information, please contact Sarah at


Professor Rui Almeida, IMI-NFG Sabbatical Faculty (currently on leave from Instituto Superior Tecnico (Technical University of Lisbon), Portugal
Professor Himanshu Jain, Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University


No assigned text book. Slides for each lecture will be available on-line.

Dates and Time

Starts: January 17, 2012. Ends: March 1, 2012 (7 weeks)
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12.10-1.00 pm (Eastern Time)
Location for Lehigh University Students: Room 451 Whitaker Lab
Distance Learners: Web log-on information will be sent to all registered students prior to the first scheduled lecture.


This course will be offered during the Spring Semester of 2012. It will provide an overview of the use of glass in different applications in the field of energy. It will start with a general introduction to the fabrication process and most relevant properties of glass, followed by a review of the specific energy domains where glass is currently applied or is expected to be used in the near future.


Undergraduate level background in materials and/or engineering is beneficial

Main Topics

  • Fundamental of glass science and technology: fabrication and properties
  • Energy savings in glass manufacturing
  • Glasses for solar energy: low-emissivity glass, glasses for solar concentration and photovoltaics
  • Glasses for wind energy
  • Glasses for nuclear waste vitrification
  • Glasses for fuel cells, super-capacitors and lithium batteries
  • Laser glass and phosphor-glass composites for white light generation


REGISTER ONLINE > Online registration is now closed. If you wish to participate in this course, please download a Registration Form , complete and return by e-mail to . Thank you.

(for non-Lehigh University students only - *Lehigh University students please see special instructions below).

This course is supported by International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass and offered to students at no charge. This course will include 14 one-hour lectures. Any course credits (and assessment) must be determined by the student's own university.

*Special instructions to LEHIGH UNIVERSITY students only:

  • If you are taking this course for credit you MUST register for MAT 498 (15710) through the Office of the Registrar. (Registration begins Monday November 7, 2011).
  • If you are taking this course just for interest (ie. not for credit), you must register online above.

Having problems registering online or questions regarding registration: please contact Sarah Wing

Course Schedule

Course schedule and information will be sent to all registered participants by e-mail.

Contact Information

Bill Heffner (, Associate Director, IMI-NFG.
Professor Rui M Almeida (, Sabbatical Faculty Member, IMI-NFG, Lehigh University

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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