International Materials Institute
for New Functionality in Glass

A NEW Collaborative Online Course on
Glass Processing

Spring Semester 2015


The course will be taught as a collaborative effort of about 18 experts from glass companies and universities across the globe.


There is no particular textbook for the course. Each instructor will assign his/her reading material, assignments, etc., which will be posted on the course website.

Dates and Time

This is a 14-week course to be offered in Spring 2015 with two 75-minute lectures per week.

Start date: January 20, 2015

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15pm - 2:30pm EST


Glass and glass-ceramics are widely used in consumer goods as well as advanced high-tech devices. Therefore, one must first make the glass and then make desired items out of glass in suitable size and shape at an acceptable cost. A wide range of glass processing steps have been developed over the period, while research continues for finding new ways of making complex products. There is a lack of resources where one can learn about this very important topic of materials science and engineering in a comprehensive manner. To fill the void, this course intends to give an overview of glass processing methods as practiced today or have promise for the near future.


The students are expected to have an undergraduate level understanding of broad materials science and engineering, and an introductory level knowledge of glass (such as in introductory texts like 'Intro to Glass Science and Technology' by J. E. Shelby, or 'Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses' by Arun Varshneya). The instructors plan to provide background reading material in advance of the lectures to help the students make up for any deficiencies.

Planned Topics

  1. Common compositions, Melting
  2. Forming
    • Flat/float
    • Shaped (blown, pressed)
    • Fusion draw
  3. Annealing, tempering
  4. Cutting
  5. Surface treatments
  6. Coatings
  7. Finishing (grinding and polishing)
  8. Fiberglass
  9. Glass ceramics
  10. Silica glass processing
  11. Optical waveguides
  12. Enamels and glazes, Sealing
  13. Specialty glasses
    • Non-oxide/Chalcogenide glasses
    • Porous glass
  14. Advanced fabrication: Sol/Gel, etc.
  15. Ion exchange strengthening


You can register as follows:

1) online by clicking here or

2) download and print a registration form (.pdf) or (.doc). You can either e-mail the form to, fax it to 610-758-6191, or mail it to the attention of

Regardless of method, you will receive a confirmation of your registration within 3 business days of receipt along with further information about the course content and log-in instructions.

Course Schedule

Schedule for specific topics are listed on the official course website, which is provided upon registration.

Contact Information

For general questions regarding the course, please contact IMI-NFG office at:
Deanne Hoenscheid, Coordinator, IMI-NFG
Phone: 1-610-758-1112

For technical questions, please contact:
Bill Heffner
, Associate Director, IMI-NFG
Himanshu Jain
, Director, IMI-NFG

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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