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Alfred University Scholes Lecturer will discuss myths surrounding glass

Alfred University | 3/11/19

Edgar Dutra Zanotto
Edgar Dutra Zanotto

Edgar Dutra Zanotto, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Center for Research, Technology, and Education in Vitreous Materials, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, will deliver the annual Scholes Lecture at Alfred University, on Thursday, April 4, at 11:20 a.m. in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall.


ALFRED, NY – Edgar Dutra Zanotto, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Center for Research, Technology, and Education in Vitreous Materials, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, will deliver the annual Scholes Lecture at Alfred University, on Thursday, April 4, at 11:20 a.m. in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall.

The lecture, titled “Glass Myths and Marvels,” will examine the science of glass and address stories of urban legend related to glass: the possible (slow) flow of medieval stained glass; the first “glass miracle”— colored sacred images that appear on some contemporary windows; and the alleged shattering of glass windows by the bare voice of the famous tenor Caruso, and American singer Ella Fitzgerald.

“This is a fun lecture,” Zanotto states in the abstract for his talk. “First, we define what glasses are, and then we dwell on some urban legends related to glasses. We review and discuss, in light of experimental evidence, three well-known histories about glass.”

Zanotto is founder and head of the Vitreous Materials Lab (located at Federal University of São Carlos), where research is focused on basic and applied glass science, mainly on inorganic glasses. His work includes fundamental and applied research on the crystallization kinetics and properties of glasses and glass-ceramics.

The technological branch of Zanotto’s team comprises projects in partnership with 22 companies and consultancy to more than 40 companies. He is interested in the development or improvement of glasses and glass ceramics with improved or new functionalities. Zanotto has published approximately 270 original and review papers, 21 book chapters, three books, five book prefaces, and filed 27 patents.

Zanotto holds a B.S. degree in materials engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos (1976), a M.S. degree in physics from the University of São Paulo (1979), and a Ph.D. in glass technology from the University of Sheffield, UK (1982). He was a visiting professor (Fulbright Fellow) at the University of Arizona (1987); and the University of Central Florida (2005).

He is a member of both the Brazilian and São Paulo State Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, The World Academy of Sciences, and World Academy of Ceramics. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Society Glass Tech, UK, and Brazilian Ceramic Society. He created and has been the head the Vitreous Materials Lab since 1977. He has published over 260 original and review papers, 22 book chapters, 3 books, 4 book prefaces, registered 27 patents, and advised about 80 theses.

Zanotto is editor of the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, and Advisory Board Member of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science, Bio-Med Glasses, International Materials Reviews, S-Nature Applied Sciences, Ceramics in Modern Technologies, Materials Research, Bulletin Sociedad Espanhola Ceramica y Vidrio, Iranian Journal of Materials Science and Technology, and Cerâmica.