Research and development

A centre for glass research and development and supported by an extensive ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory, our experts conduct innovative research and development projects for clients across a wide range of sectors and glass applications.

Whether for new product development (NPD), to gain market advantage or develop new technologies, projects range from fundamental science research, the development of new or novel glass compositions, coatings or processing through to product design and commercialisation.

Project Examples

With a current project portfolio in excess of £1.4m, we are at the cutting edge of research and development in glass science and technology. Examples of the innovative projects in our portfolio include those below:

View our project portfolio page for full details of a range of innovation, research and development projects spanning raw materials, melting technology and traditional glass sectors through to specialist optical, photonic and biocompatible glasses, glass treatment, processing and coating technologies.

Project Funding

The funding for these projects comes from a variety of sources, such as commercial organisations to government bodies and institutions or a mixture of both. We can offer advice on sources of available funding and has an excellent track record in securing funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) for innovative projects. We are keen to develop and participate in new projects so please contact us if you have any innovative glass-related ideas.

Please see our project funding page for information about funding opportunities.

Through funding a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) with Leeds University to further develop our high quality glass melting infrastructure we have expanded the range of glasses that we can supply to the photonics industry. We are also funding a part-time post-doc secondment in order to support other research developments and grant funded projects within the organisation.

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