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07.05.2012, SCHOTT AG, Mainz

Glass-ceramic as a high-performance antenna material

Unforeseeable capabilities of a proven material in a futuristic mobile communications application / SCHOTT researcher awarded prestigious Vodafone grant
Hubertus Braun (26), a young researcher and doctoral candidate at SCHOTT has now been presented with a grant in the area of natural and engineering sciences from the Vodafone Foundation for the paper he wrote about Glass-ceramics for use as extremely high- performance antennas (e.g.in the transmitter masts of mobile communications companies).  Photo: Jörn Haufe/Vodafone
Hubertus Braun (26), a young researcher and doctoral candidate at SCHOTT has now been presented with a grant in the area of natural and engineering sciences from the Vodafone Foundation for the paper he wrote about Glass-ceramics for use as extremely high- performance antennas (e.g.in the transmitter masts of mobile communications companies). Photo: Jörn Haufe/Vodafone
Mainz, May 4, 2012 - Glass-ceramics for use as extremely high- performance antennas in the transmitter masts of mobile communications companies, for example, represent the latest development in the area of SCHOTT research for the fast-growing “mobile communications” market. Glass-ceramics are known for their extremely low losses of electromagnetic radiation. Hubertus Braun (26), a young researcher and doctoral candidate at SCHOTT has now been presented with a grant in the area of natural and engineering sciences worth 5,000 euros from the Vodafone Foundation for the paper he wrote at SCHOTT in cooperation with the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.

Especially in the area of satellite navigation, mobile communications and microwave electronics, the demand for materials for antennas in the gigahertz region and the respective high-frequency filters has risen in recent years. While doing his research at SCHOTT, physicist Hubertus Braun managed to produce an extremely homogeneous, non-porous antenna material that offers important advantages in terms of key quality attributes, for instance miniaturization, higher efficiency and lower susceptibility to interference, compared to the ceramics used in the past. The technology company has already started performing industrial research based on the results of his research work for which SCHOTT has already filed for a patent.

From the kitchen to the cosmos, SCHOTT is the global leader in the area of glass-ceramics. CERAN® brand glass-ceramics have been conquering kitchens all over the world already since 1973. And, with nearly zero thermal expansion, ZERODUR® glass-ceramic has served as the standard material for use in mirror substrates for the world's most powerful astronomical telescopes for over four decades. The commercialized know-how that has been amassed on this temperature-stable material in these areas is constantly further developed in SCHOTT’s research laboratories and offers options for many fields of the future, as these latest results clearly show.

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Hubertus Braun (26), a young researcher and doctoral candidate at SCHOTT has now been presented with a grant in the area of natural and engineering sciences from the Vodafone Foundation for the paper he wrote about Glass-ceramics for use as extremely high- performance antennas (e.g.) in the transmitter masts of mobile communications companies. Photo: Vodafone D2 GmbH

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