FunGLASS research center in Slovakia established with €25M, including €15M from EU’s Horizon 2020

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Kick-off meeting at TNUAD in Trencin on March 7, 2017

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FunGLASS research center in Slovakia established with €25M, including €15M from EU’s Horizon 2020
The global glass community received excellent news of a €25 million investment in glass research to establish the new Centre for Functional and Surface-Functionalized Glasses (FunGLASS) in Trencín, Slovakia. The Centre includes partner institutions in Germany, Spain, and Italy.
The establishment of this European centre boosts the momentum and importance of glass research on a global scale. The purpose of the Centre is to conduct cutting edge research on glasses with special functional properties, as well as investigate novel strategies for functionalizing conventional glasses. The aim is to modify properties and add new functionalities to expand the range of applications in the optical, energy, structural, and biomedical sectors.
Prof. Galusek, director of the Centre, says, “This Centre will be an important asset for the Slovak Republic mainly due to the fact that it will participate in cutting edge research in cooperation with some of the leaders in the field, generating high added value in all major activities, both in teaching, fundamental science, and industry-driven research. The latter is ensured by close links of the Centre with the local glass industry. We also believe the Centre is of importance for the glass technology sector. Its activities will be focused on those technologies where properties of glass can be substantially altered or new functionalities added by surface treatment, at low energy or material cost, to generate a host of applications for high-tech us...

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