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From windows to tableware to fiber optics, oxide glasses are everywhere you look.

Oxide glasses (typically silica) are used frequently in modern day technologies because they have numerous desirable properties, including high transparency and low thermal conductivity. Despite their ubiquity, however, oxide glasses have one conspicuous shortcoming—they are brittle.

This latest study’s researchers come from Aalborg University in Denmark, Technical University of Denmark, and University of California, Los Angeles. The oxide glass they created, caesium aluminoborate, has shown fairly decent crack resistance in previous work. What pushed their glass to strikingly high crack resistance levels in the new study was a counterintuitive trick—the researchers aged the glass in a humid atmosphere.

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July 30th, 2019

Overcoming the brittleness of glass

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September 25th, 2015

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April 22nd, 2015

[Media] Material witness: Concrete mixing for gorillas

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April 22nd, 2015

[Media] Can glass be as strong as concrete?

The PARISlab has recently been features in the ASCE magazine: http://www.asce.org/magazine/20150407-can-glass-be-as-strong-as-concrete-/ Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), […]

March 13th, 2015

[Media] Designing durable glasses

The PARISlab has recently been featured in the media for our work towards improving the durability of glasses. Researchers identify […]

February 14th, 2015

Glass Science and Technology

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October 24th, 2014

Gorilla cement

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October 24th, 2014

[Interview] How to reduce CO2 emissions due to cement

Broadcasted in NPR – Marketplace