Photonics leadership and expertise

Our experts formulate, design and produce bespoke glass photonic materials specifically aligned to your needs. Together, we can develop commercially viable technologies that are guaranteed to meet precise quality and performance requirements. 

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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
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

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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

Photonics services

Bespoke glass development and manufacture

Bespoke glass development and manufacture

We can design and fabricate bespoke materials that meet your specific requirements, enabling you to expand your optic and photonic applications. 

As the sole manufacturer of photonic glass in the UK, we have the expertise to develop and produce laser gain material for q-switched and ultra-fast lasers at a range of wavelengths, for example tuneable 1050 nm and 1530nm. 

Our facilities have the capacity to produce large volumes of materials suitable for applications in scientific research, communications, defence and biomedical diagnostics.

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Fitness for purpose testing

Fitness for purpose testing

Using our photonics, optics and glass materials expertise, we can identify faults and failures in components, glass and crystalline materials. 

We use SEM, EDX and FT-IR analysis alongside other techniques to detect defects such as misapplied organics, coating defects and refractive index variances.

This analysis helps prevent customer complaints and reduces wastage. It also enables your supply to continue, minimising costly pauses in production. 
 

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Laser process development

Laser process development

We can help you develop laser processing techniques tailored specifically to glass materials. 

We have specialist expertise in areas including laser welding technologies (glass to glass/glass to other materials), laser cutting, additive manufacture (3D printing) and targeted property modification. 

Working together, we can develop new products for sectors such as micro-machining, biomedical technologies and advanced optics.
 

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Finite element analysis (FEA) modelling of laser processes

We provide finite element analysis (FEA) modelling to investigate heat transfer and stress generation during laser processing and use. This ensures the reliability of your processes and prevents product failure.

Material property characterisation

Using characterisation tools, our experts can determine a wide range of properties relevant to optical and photonic materials. This ensures product specifications are met and they are fit for purpose.

Client testimonials

They proved to be a valuable, experienced partner offering innovative insight and deep knowledge on all things relating to glass…

I have worked closely with Glass Technology Services as coordinator in a collaborative Innovate UK development programme (Ultraweld) between 2018-2021 dealing with advanced laser glass welding. They proved to be a valuable, experienced partner offering innovative insight and deep knowledge on all things relating to glass with several theoretical and practical contributions including using their extensive range of testing facilities. They were highly professional from the proposal stage to project close, timely in all their reporting with a proactive, responsive attitude and always eager to help as needed. Glass Technology Services were crucially invaluable on project exploitation during and after the project, utilising their extensive international networks in the glass community. I can highly recommend them as a trusted, valued partner for glass processing development activities.


Dr D.Karnakis, Technical Manager – R&D Projects, Oxford Lasers Ltd

Additional services

R&D and innovation

We have unrivalled glass expertise across a broad range of sectors and can help you develop and optimise your scientific glass applications.

Training and webinars

Our in-house and external training courses teach organisations about various areas of glass production, such as packaging, analysis, and performance.

Consultancy

Our technical experts can provide you with market advantage, knowledge and technical input to processes or products, or develop entirely new and innovative glass formulations, uses or treatments.

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