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Welcome to IMI-NFG!

The International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass (IMI-NFG) was established in August 2004 through an initiative of the National Science Foundation for enhancing research collaborations between US researchers and educators and their counterparts worldwide. It is also a collaboration between Lehigh University and Penn State University.

Six Thrusts for New Functionality in Glasses

The field of glass science and engineering will have a promising future if it can proactively respond to the changing culture of research and education. NSF's new IMI-NFG offers unprecedented opportunity for the glass community to meet the challenges through international collaborations, delivery of education across the boundaries, outreach to undergraduates and pre-college students via modules, hands-on experiments and presentations.

Workshop Announcement:
Application of Synchrotron Techniques in Glass Research Workshop
April 6-7, 2009 Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY
The International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass (IMI-NFG) and the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) will host a two-day workshop at Brookhaven National Laboratory to introduce the glass community to synchrotron techniques and discuss the future opportunities enabled by NSLS-II
Information and Registration

Special Feature

Greg Brentrup receives 2008 Alfred R. Cooper Young Scholar's Award

Greg Brentrup receiving 2008 Cooper Award
Greg Brentrup, IMI-NFG Research Experience Undergraduate (REU),
received the 2008 Alfred R Cooper Young Scholar's Award from the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society at the Materials Science and Technology Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on
October 6, 2008.
The annual award is presented to an undergraduate student for "demonstrated excellence in research in glass science and technology." Brentrup won the award for his essay entitled 'Fabrication and Characterization of Nano-Macro Porous Bioactive Glass-Ceramics'.

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News Article 11.25.08:
Lehigh's IMI supports diversity in material engineering

IMI-NFG Director Receives 2007 Otto-Schott Research Award

Prof. Himanshu Jain, Director of the International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass (IMI-NFG) and Diamond Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University received the 2007 Otto-Schott Research Award at the International Congress on Glass (ICG) in Strasbourg, France on July 2, 2007.

Jain is being cited for “outstanding work towards advancing fundamental understanding of the movements of atoms inside glass.” He is sharing the award with Walter Kob of the University of Montpellier in France.

The biennial award is the most valuable prize for glass research.

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Guang Yang
, is a graduate student from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China. His research project is on Near Infrared Broadband Emission from Bismuth/Dysprosium Co-doped Chalcohalide Glasses.

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