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Oxide glasses are disordered molecular structures and typically show poor intrinsic ductility. As a consequence, these materials are brittle. Although it is possible to toughen glasses using additives or heat-treatment methods, their resistance to crack formation and propagation remains very low. To address this long-standing challenge, one strategy is to look at the molecular design of the glass and to tune its composition. By enabling the formation of weak ionic bonds, it has been possible to develop glass compositions that exhibit high crack resistance through the plasticity of their molecular network.

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November 11th, 2019

Designed crack-resistant cesium aluminoborate glass heals under hydration

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September 18th, 2019

Predicting optimal glass compositions

For glass scientists, the periodic table is their oyster—virtually all elements turn into a glass if quenched fast enough. Yet […]

August 27th, 2019

$1.5 million grant to design a 3D-printable CO2-neutral concrete

A team of UCLA engineers has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop 3-D-printed concrete […]

July 30th, 2019

Overcoming the brittleness of glass

From windows to tableware to fiber optics, oxide glasses are everywhere you look. Oxide glasses (typically silica) are used frequently […]

July 29th, 2019

Universal density-stiffness scaling laws: From cellular solids to atomic networks

Many natural materials offer unusual mechanical performances. Natural cellular materials like bones simultaneously exhibit low weight and superior mechanical properties […]

June 10th, 2017

Irradiation- vs. vitrification-induced damage in materials

Vitrification and irradiation can both result in the disordering of materials, that is, in the loss of the structural periodicity […]

September 25th, 2015

[Media] UCLA scientists confirm: New technique could make cement manufacturing carbon-neutral

The PARISlab has recently been featured into the UCLA Newsroom: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-scientists-confirm:-new-technique-could-make-cement-manufacturing-carbon-neutral Concrete surrounds us in our cities and stretches across […]

April 22nd, 2015

[Media] Material witness: Concrete mixing for gorillas

The PARISlab has recently been featured into Nature Materials: http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v14/n5/full/nmat4279.html Corning’s Gorilla Glass must be one of the great success […]

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 […]