Courses - Introduction to Glass
June 15-16, 2008 - registration closed
This course is appropriate for those with a background in science or engineering with a need for the further instruction in glass.
This 2-day course is intended to serve as a brief introduction to the essential features and properties of inorganic glasses. The material will be presented in a manner that is suitable for managers and engineers/scientists who may work in the glass field but do not have a significant background in glass science and engineering.
The short course will cover the following topics:
- Basic principles of glass formation and glass structure
- Phase separation in glass
- Basic properties of glass, including thermal, mechanical, chemical, and optical properties
- Principal methods for characterizing glass properties
A supplementary textbook and notes will be provided to the student as reference material.
Dr. Matthew M. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Biomaterials and Glass Science in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University. He received his B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Glass Science at Alfred University. Upon receipt of the Ph.D. degree, he joined the engineering faculty at Alfred University. Dr. Hall has taught a number of introductory undergraduate courses in materials science, including Thermal Processes in Materials, Structure and Bonding, and Structure and Properties. He has also taught upper level courses on biomedical materials and is an instructor for the undergraduate glass laboratory course. In the past four years, Dr. Hall has received the John F. McMahon Award for Excellence Teaching and is also a two-time recipient of the Kruson Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Hall is a member of the American Ceramic Society (Glass and Optical Materials Division) and also currently serves as the President-Elect for the Ceramic Education Council. He has also authored or co-authored 20 papers on glass-related topics, including sol-gel processing of glass, bioactive glasses, the interaction of biological molecules with glass surfaces, and hollow glass microspheres for the storage of hydrogen gas.