Although the researchers work in three different countries and for three different institutions, they collaborate to share their research discoveries. Wiederhorn’s research focuses on the tensile strength of glass, and microscopic cracks that naturally occur in glass. Satoshi’s research examines the elastic behavior of glass surfaces when they encounter mechanical stress. Guin researches the growth of cracks in glass at the nanoscale level, as well as fatigue thresholds, and properties like hardness, toughness and scratch resistance.
The award, which is given by the Ernst Abbe Fund, seeks to maximize the potential of glass and improve its strength. To improve the overall performance of glass, the Abbe Fund supports basic research and technological improvements related to glass and glass ceramicsIndividuals and small research teams are eligible for the award, and are selected from candidates worldwide who engage in qualifying glass application research in healthcare, telecommunications, optics, renewable energy and other similar fields.
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