Light with a soul
Shaping a safe future
In order to achieve more protection and safety in all aspects of life, materials are needed that are durable and flexible. Glass enables innovative solutions: For example, ultra-thin glass protects sensitive electrical components from moisture and oxygen. Composites with glass provide greater robustness and flexibility. And conformable glass can adapt to surfaces, refining and safeguarding them. However the requirements: The SCHOTT Opportunity Lab is the perfect setting to have visions directly confronted by leading glass experts, to further develop and move them forward.
The glass-ceramic ZERODUR® shows “zero” influence, even under extreme pressure. The reason: Its components are melted into glass, cooled and reheated. This produces nanometer-sized crystallites. Their negative thermal expansion compensates for the positive thermal expansion of the residual glass. The result is a thermal expansion coefficient close to zero. Developed 50 years ago, it is now more in demand than ever for a variety of technical applications that all have one thing in common: precision.