Physical Chemistry for the Scientific Glassblower

Dr. Mario Affatigato

Mario AffatigatoDr. Mario Affatigato obtained his undergraduate degree from Coe College in 1989, followed by his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1995. After returning to Coe that same year, he began a research effort investigating the relationship between the optical properties and structure of glassy materials. The work he continues with his students (over 70 to date) has expanded into laser-induced modification and exotic manufacturing methods like aerolevitation.

Dr. Affatigato is now in his twentieth year at Coe and maintains a very active research program that involves over ten students every summer and over 90 published articles. He heads Coe’s Center for the Study of Glass, and he is also the Site Director of Coe’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates, one of the few national NSF sites at a small college. His research primarily deals with oxide glasses, especially vanadates, borates, and samples with heavy metals.

Dr. Affatigato is a past recipient of a PECASE award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as other research grants from NSF and the Research Corporation in support of his work. He is an active member of the American Ceramic Society, where he is a Fellow and past chair of the Glass and Optical Materials Division, and the American Physical Society. He also has outstanding collaborations with researchers in Nagaoka, Japan; Modena, Italy; Corning, NY; and Argonne National Laboratory in the US.

Topics that may be covered include the following:


Most relevant:

Glass Formation
Glass Thermodynamics and kinetics
Tempering (Thermal)
Annealing of glass
Crystallization of Glass
Phase Separation
Glass properties
Thermal properties
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
Optical properties
Chemical durability
Biological applications (radiation therapy glass spheres, glass wool for wounds)
Chemical strengthening
Industrial applications (including fibers)
Other cool glass applications

Of lesser interest

Study of glass using Raman, FTIR, NMR, calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy
Packing of atoms in a glass
Nonlinear optics

If there are any topics you would really be interested in (even if not listed here) please send you request to Benj Revis

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