European Materials Research Society
FALL 14 P: Advances on functional doped glasses: technologies, properties and applications
Doped glasses exhibit unique properties for a wide range of applications, ranging from optoelectronics and photonics to systems for energy and environment. The production and the characterization of these materials are key factors for the design of new devices contributing to the advancement of material science and technology.
Glass doping allows the production of unique functional materials which are nowadays used for a huge amount of applications. Processing techniques are very different, like ion exchange, ion implantation, sol-gel synthesis, glass melting, etc. The kind of produced doped glasses range from rare earth and transition metal ion containing glasses to nanostructured systems with metal or oxide nanoparticles. Applications can also range from photonics, optoelectronics for communication networks, optical amplifiers, sensors, smart windows, memory storage systems, to intelligent glasses with peculiar mechanical properties.
The control of the production procedures coupled with accurate characterizations, modeling and theoretical understanding of the resulting materials are key factors for the development and the improvement of the performances of these systems. In this field, a great amount of work is still being carried on by several research groups, as testified by the works presented at international congresses like "International Conference on the Structure of Non-Crystalline Materials (NCM12)", held every year (last in 2013) and "SiO2 and Advanced Dielectrics", which is held every two years (next in 2014). Moreover, in 2007, a symposium of the E-MRS Fall Meeting was dedicated to ion exchange in glass, attracting several scientists.
The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for scientists working on different areas of synthesis, processing, characterization and device integration of doped glasses, including students and people involved in companies that develop new processes and materials. The exchange of ideas on the design and the characterization of doped glass systems will allow both to improve the processes for the production of functional doped glasses suitable for high performance devices and to create research networks between scientists coming from different areas and countries.