Funglass Centre for functional and surface-functionalized glasses
Partner Zone

Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

The Laboratory of Glass Science´s research activities span all areas of experimental glass science with particular focus on the exploration and development of new glass and glass ceramic compositions and surface modification techniques. Our main interest are the optical and mechanical properties of multicomponent oxide, oxynitride and oxyhalide materials. We explore structure-property relations with the ultimate objective to provide topology-based tools for the description of non-crystalline solids.

Specific research topics are organized among three profile lines, i.e., energy, optics and mechanics:

  •  Energy-related materials: Focusing on structural glasses and advanced substrates, various research and - in close collaboration with industrial partners - development projects are undertaken on the areas of smart windows, light-controlling coatings, adaptive surfaces, surface haptics and adsorption.
  • Glasses for optics and photonics: Here, we are focusing on photoluminescence for lighting applications, (solar) spectral conversion and photochemistry, magneto-optics and novel materials for optical fiber in sensing, telecommunication and lighting.
  • Micro- and nanomechanical properties of glasses: The surface mechanical properties of disordered materials represent the third focus of the group, where we strive to develop both fundamental understanding of the molecular and atomic mechanisms which constitute mechanical behavious, and to derive novel strategies of material toughening.