On the Threshold of the Third Millennium

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of company founder Otto SCHOTT (1851 – 1935), SCHOTT organized a glass science colloquium at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena in December 2001.

To pay tribute to the founder of the modern science of glass and glass technology nine well-known scientists from the United States, Japan and Europe delivered papers on the results of current research under the heading of “The Science of Glass and Glass Technology on the Threshold of the Third Millennium.”

The following scientists presented the results of their research work:

Prof. Denise Krol, University of California, USA, one of the world’s leading scientists in the development of planar wave-guides;
Prof. Kazuyuki Hirao, University of Kyoto, Japan, the inventor of and expert on the structuring of glass with the femto-second laser;
Prof. Setsuhisa Tanabe, University of Kyoto, Japan, a proven expert on the design of rare-earth-doped optical intensifiers;
Prof. Ruud Beerkens, University of Eindhoven, Netherlands, who was awarded the Otto SCHOTT Research Prize in 1997 for his research into the modeling of glass melting tanks;
Prof. Christian Rüssel, Head of the Otto SCHOTT Chemistry of Glass Institute at the University of Jena, the world’s leading developer of electrochemical methods for the characterization of glass melts;
Prof. Reinhard Conradt, Aachen College of Technology, winner of this year’s Otto SCHOTT Prize for the calculation of physical and chemical properties from thermodynamic data;
Dr. Ulrich Fotheringham, Mainz, a well-known SCHOTT scientist and winner of the internal research prize on many occasions;
Prof. Hideo Hosono, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, who was awarded the 1991 Otto SCHOTT Research Prize for his investigations into the interaction of radiation and glass;
Prof. Georg Müller, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, who enjoys great recognition worldwide for his developments in connection with computer modeling of crystal growth processes.

Some of the topics covered by the speakers at the colloquium are found on the following pages (6 to 14).