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Professor James E. Shelby to give 2010 Samuel R. Scholes Award Lecture

Dr. James E. Shelby, professor of glass science in the Inamori School of Engineering, NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University, will deliver this year’s Samuel R. Scholes Award Lecture on Thursday, April 15. His talk will take an overview of the “Applications of Hollow Glass Microspheres.”

The lecture, scheduled for 11:20 a.m. in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall, is open to faculty, staff, students, and community members free of charge.

The opportunity to deliver the annual Samuel R. Scholes Award Lecture is presented annually to a distinguished glass scientist or engineer for his or her contributions to the field. The award is named in honor of Dr. Samuel R. Scholes Sr., who founded the glass sciences programs at Alfred University in 1932.

Shelby received bachelor of science and master of science degrees and a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He went on to work on the technical staff at Sandia National Library, Sandia National Laboratories, Sandia, NM, until May1982 when he came to work at AU as an associate professor of glass science. In 1985, he was promoted to full professor.

“My glass research program is currently focused on the use of hollow glass microspheres for storage of hydrogen for the hydrogen economy,” said Shelby. “Our discovery of photo-induced hydrogen diffusion in glasses has resulted in a new approach to this technology. This work is carried out in partnership with Savannah River National Laboratory (southeastern South Carolina).

“We are also studying the formation of composites of polymers loaded with glass microspheres for radiation shielding for manned missions to the moon and Mars,” continued Shelby. "In addition, we are studying the formation of metallic nanocrystals of Ni, Co, Pb, In, Ge, Cu, Ag, and other metals in glasses by reaction with hydrogen. We have produced magnetic, colored, and electrically conducting glasses by this process. Other studies involve development of new glasses for detection of neutrons for prevention of smuggling of radioactive materials into the United States. Our research is sponsored by DOE, NASA, Naval Research Laboratory, and industrial partners.”

Shelby is the author of two books: “Introduction to Glass Science and Technology” and “Handbook of Gas Diffusion in Solids and Melts” as well as approximately 300 journal and proceedings articles and book chapters.

Dr. Samuel R. Scholes Sr. served AU and the Alfred community for over 40 years. He helped to standardize the process of glass making in the United States and held patents for development of an improved glass-melting pot; a method of stirring optical glass; and extraction of potash from feldspar. He authored three books: “Glass Industry Handbook,” “Glass Tank Furnaces,” and “Opportunities in Ceramics.”

Alfred University honored Scholes with an honorary doctor of science degree and his name was selected for the Scholes Library of Ceramics.