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Publication Nr ICGP027
Author Bange, Klaus; Weissenberger-Eibl, Marion
MAKING GLASS BETTER: An ICG roadmap with a 25 year Glass R&D horizon
Publication Year 2010
ISS ISBN-13:978-84-8198-832-1
Society has prized glass artefacts for millennia, from decorated Egyptian amphora, to the extravagantly engraved vases of the Romans, from stained glass windows, to the chandeliers of the Middle Ages. Bottles and tableware help us to cook and preserve our food, to store our wine, and deliver our medications cheaply in tiptop condition, while windows and lamps give us well lit, warm buildings and safe transport systems. Quality glass lenses for microscopes, telescopes and cameras helped to revolutionise our understanding of biology and astronomy, and now deliver pictures from international news events or instant personal images on Facebook. Our mobile telephone and internet traffic travels along glass fibres which can amplify or switch the signal. Glass fibres insulate us and engineered glass sheets with printed solar cells generate our power. Even our wind turbines use glass fibre reinforced blades. Glass containing cements can repair our teeth and bones, doped glasses can target radiotherapy within our bodies, and spare body parts can be grown on glassy scaffolds. From such a rich heritage comes an exciting future, one which will hold many surprises, but where glass will remain as a bedrock of a modern, sustainable, low-carbon society. The International Commission on Glass wishes to promote development and to ensure that the necessary support framework is in place. To do this it has promoted the construction of a road-map that anticipates the challenges that the glass community will face. Key players have been the various technical committees run by the ICG together with the Chair of Innovation and Technology Management/University of Kassel (in the context of a research project granted by the German Research Society). Together aspects of glass melting, advanced materials, functional coatings and key scientific principles have been studied in particular depth. The methodology adopted has been focused workshops and questionnaires with a 25 year perspective. Valuable support from the European Community through an EFONGA Framework 6 grant is acknowledged. The road mapping process however does not stop here. Continuous revision will be required as our knowledge base expands and as new pressures arise. We hope that you, the reader, will be excited by the vision of the future outlined within this book, and will wish to contribute to its fulfilment.
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