Two glass scientists win Otto Schott Research Award

The Board of Trustees of the Ernst Abbe Fund has awarded the 25,000 EUR award for outstanding achievements in glass and glass-ceramic research.

Professor Sabyasachi Sen (left) and Professor Josef Zwanziger received this year´s Otto Schott Research Award for their sustained and unique abilities in fundamental and experimental glass research

The 16th Otto Schott Research Award has been awarded to Professors Sabyasachi Sen and Josef Zwanziger for their unique achievements in fundamental and experimental glass research. The award will be presented to the two scientists on October 13, 2020, during a virtual ceremony by jury members Professor Tanguy Rouxel of the LARMAUR Applied Mechanics Laboratory in France, Professor Kathleen A. Richardson of the University of Central Florida in the US, and Dr. Matthias Müller, Vice President R&D at SCHOTT.

Professors Sen and Zwanziger share a number of key attributes. They have similar scholarly metrics of productivity, as well as the same scientific interest and expertise in the field of glass structure. Both are also regular contributors to global scientific meetings and scholarly activities, advancing our understanding of the traditional and progressive uses of glass in a wide range of forms and applications.

“In light of the originality and sustained productivity of their high-quality research efforts in areas valued by international researchers, combined with significant prior global recognition of their achievements, Professors Sen and Zwanziger have arrived naturally and indisputably in pole position for this year’s award,” said Professor Rouxel in his laudation.

Professor Sen of the University of California, Davis, is honoured for his sustained contributions to fundamental and applied research on oxide and non-oxide glasses, including structural modelling and characterization measurements. He has also collaborated with many international partners, contributing to the understanding of the amorphization and zeolite collapse phenomenon.

First nominated in 2016, Professor Zwanziger of Dalhousie University in Canada was one of the first scientists to develop NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) techniques to study the atomic structure of glass. He has made significant contributions to the understanding of glasses containing boron, and more recently, to the development of lead-free compositions with zero stress-optic coefficient. Editor of the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Professor Zwanziger has an impressive body of published work and is a keenly sought after speaker on the international stage.

“Professors Sen and Zwanziger have made seminal contributions to the understanding of glass atomic structure and correlations to properties by a combination of sophisticated theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques,” said Professor Kathleen Richardson.

The Otto Schott Research Award has been presented since 1990 and recognizes outstanding scientific and technological achievements in the field of glass and glass-ceramics in basic research and application.