Unconventional glass applications we have developed

Repairing the human body

Repairing the human body

Utilising additive manufacturing, glass can be used in orthopaedic implants. The aim is to develop the next generation of coatings for orthopaedic implants such as hip replacements.

Glass and metal can be combined to have better mechanical stability and faster integration with bone thus improving long-term clinical performance and reducing the revision rate. This will deliver a significantly better clinical outcome for patients and savings for the health service. This novel technology has the potential to transform the manufacture of orthopaedic implants and has applications in other fields requiring specialist combinations of glass and metal.

Rock consolidation

Rock consolidation

Glass materials are excellent carriers for sustained and controlled release of different ingredients to deliver desired properties. We have invented novel glass solutions to stabilise and increase the strength of rock formations using this technology. These can be mixed and pumped with the conventional used in the construction and oil industry to seal or control water flow or stabilise ground whilst retailing permeability to allow drainage.

Waste immobilisation

Waste immobilisation

Glass materials are key to a range of waste immobilisation technologies intended to transform a potentially hazardous chemical or radioactive waste into a form which can be more easily handled and safely stored or disposed of. Glass materials are utilised by these technologies to either chemically incorporate or physically encapsulate toxic materials and thereby create a stable ‘waste-form’, where the toxic material is locked away by a vitrous (glassy) barrier.

Due to the wide variety of treatment technologies and potential waste-streams, it is often necessary to tailor the glass materials used in these processes to meet specific requirements. We have worked for a range of organisations and developed the expertise necessary to design and develop materials which can act glass precursors. We are then able to demonstrate their suitability through lab scale melting trials and subsequent analysis of the resultant ‘waste-forms’.

£3m+
Funding
secured for project work
1000+
Clients
we've worked with in the last 5 years
100
Grant funded & commercial projects
delivered in the last 5 years
40+
Project partners
we have collaborated with

R&D and innovation leadership and expertise

Our experts conduct innovative research and development projects for clients across a wide range of sectors and glass applications. We operate from a centre for glass research and development and are supported by our ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory,

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Chris Holcroft

Chris Holcroft

Principal Technologist
Chris joined Glass Technology Services in 2005 and has expertise in environmental process improvement, resource efficiency, recycling and circular economy. He is also involved with the development, manufacture, and practical applications of novel glass products. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Dr Owen McGann

Dr Owen McGann

Principal Technologist
Owen McGann has over ten years of experience in glass materials. He has led and participated in world leading research with a specific focus in photonic materials and waste thermal treatment. Read More
Martyn Marshall

Martyn Marshall

Melting and R&D Lead
Martyn has over 30 years’ experience in the design, development and production of silicate and non-silicate glasses for both commercial and scientific use, working globally with glassmakers. Read More
Dr Nick Kirk

Dr Nick Kirk

Technical Director
Nick is a glass expert with decades of experience in all aspects of sustainability, glass production, and product design across the global glass supply chain. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Glass production Sustainability and recycling Product design
Dr Marlin Magallanes

Dr Marlin Magallanes

Principal Technologist
Marlin has been working in the field of glass since 2006. As a Principal Technologist she oversees our bio-medical projects, as well as managing links with academic partners. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Glass and glass-ceramic materials for biomedical applications Glass manufacturing process Glass characterisation
David Eustice

David Eustice

Senior Technologist
Working in the glass industry since 2002, initially in mechanical testing / analysis, Dave now focusses on the development of new testing methods, novel forming techniques and process automation. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Bespoke glass testing and analysis Glass process development and automation 3D modelling and simulation
Oliver Wallwork

Oliver Wallwork

Senior Technologist
With a strong background in materials science and analytical chemistry, Oliver has been testing glass and investigating instances of product failure since 2014. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Glass fractography including pharmaceutical and specialist glasses SEM imaging and compositional analysis Delivering training courses and webinars
Adam Jackson

Adam Jackson

Technologist
Adam has been working in the research and development team since 2018 and assists in projects involving waste management, geological applications and biological applications. Read More

Areas of expertise:

XRF sample preparation and analysis Biomass waste procedures and beneficiation Chemical processes

R&D Projects

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Colourite - Maximising cullet additions in the glass container industry

Glass Technology Services has conducted an 18-month project to investigate options for maximising cullet use in production of container glass.
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Container Lite - Light-weight glass containers - the route to effective waste minimisation

With over 1.5 million tonnes of glass still ending in landfill in the UK, even a small percentage reduction through the lightweighting of bottles and jars would bring about a significant reduction in the waste being sent to landill.
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Recycled CRT panel glass as an energy reducing fluxing body additive in heavy clay construction products

Approximately 105,000 tonnes of waste CRT glass is available annually; this project set out to investigate the potential use of the panel glass ie the lead-free glass.
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Increasing collection and recycling of post consumer domestic window waste

The aim of this project, undertaken on behalf of WRAP, was to undertake trials in order to understand the practical, technical and economic viability of collecting, sorting, processing and the re-processing of window waste.
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Container Lite – Opportunities for the Co-op to lightweight glass packaging

Glass Technology Services, in a WRAP-funded extension to the Container Lite project, worked with the Co-Op to look at lightweighting opportunities for a range of their own-label glass products.
Container Lite – Opportunities for the Co-op to lightweight glass packaging
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Feasibility study for the reduction of colour within the glass furnace

There are two issues which have the potential to hinder the closed-loop recycling of container glass in the UK: the colour imbalance of glass packaging consumed versus the containers manufactured and the collection of waste containers mixed or colour seperated.
Feasibility study for the reduction of colour within the glass furnace
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Study into the interaction of imported wine bottles and UK's cullet supply

Although using recycled glass in furnaces saves valuable raw materials, reduces energy consumption and lowers emissions of CO2 a study, commissioned by WRAP, was conducted into promoting sustainable waste management with regard to wine bottles.
Study into the interaction of imported wine bottles and UK's cullet supply
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Recovered container glass

In a WRAP-funded project, we were requested to help determine the inorganic contamination levels in recovered container glass and identify typical contaminant levels.
Recovered container glass
Project

GlassRite – Wine

GlassRite Wine, a WRAP funded project delivered by British Glass supported the supply chain for the wine industry in rightweighting the bottles they used and maximising the opportunity to bulk import wine and fill in the UK.
GlassRite – Wine
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Glass market development assessments for the English regions and the devolved administrations

This study gave an overview of the UK supply chain for recycled glass by looking at the estimated arisings of different glass types, current collections levels, and existing and potential markets in each region.
Glass market development assessments for the English regions and the devolved administrations
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Investigation of the significant factors in elemental migration from glass in contact with food

This study, conducted for the Food Standards Agency (FSA), consisted of a programme of experimental work designed to increase understanding of migration issues related to glass materials in contact with foodstuffs.
Investigation of the significant factors in elemental migration from glass in contact with food
Project

Bright Slice

A novel project using laser technology to improve existing glass-cutting techniques is set to revolutionise glass processing capabilities across the industry.
Bright Slice
Project

EnviroGlass2: ash-based materials can be used to make high-quality container glass

The original project established that waste streams from other sectors could replace raw materials used in glass manufacturing, resulting in significant cost savings and environmental benefits.
EnviroGlass2: ash-based materials can be used to make high-quality container glass
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SCAMP - Production of commercially scalable multifilament phosphate fibre tows

An innovative project to develop a fibre drawing tower that can be used to produce novel bio-resorbable phosphate-based glass fibres.
SCAMP - Production of commercially scalable multifilament phosphate fibre tows
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Conglasscrete with University of Sheffield

Conglasscrete I and II in Conjunction with University of Sheffield
Conglasscrete with University of Sheffield
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Decarbonisation and batch reformulation

The EnviroGlass project set out to investigate the challenges identified within the glass industry’s 2050 decarbonisation roadmap and identify cost-effective routes to achieving decarbonisation.
Decarbonisation and batch reformulation

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