Universities & education leadership and expertise

Thanks to our vast expertise and fully equipped laboratories, we can help you capitalise on new opportunities, or investigate and resolve glass-related issues. We’ve worked on many successful national and international projects, both commercial and grant funded.

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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

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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
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
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
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

Universities & education services

Bespoke glass development and manufacture

Bespoke glass development and manufacture

We can create glass materials with properties designed to meet the specific requirements of your research group. Previous examples include

  • oil and gas and carbon capture – developing controlled dissolution glasses to increase rock formation integrity, and developing the manufacturing process for trials in the field
  • nuclear – developing viable glasses for use in nuclear waste thermal treatment
  • mainstream manufacture – developing glass compositions that utilise waste ashes
  • photonics – producing laser gain materials for q-switch and ultra-fast lasers at a range of wavelengths, for example, tuneable 1050 nm and 1530 nm
  • biomedical – producing recognised and published bioactive glasses and unique compositions, for example, 45S5
     

Products this service is relevant to:

Recycled content and sustainability

Recycled content and sustainability

We support work in recycling, sustainability and the circular economy by offering a unique perspective of glass as a material. We can audit new and existing processes, review material availability and demand, and evaluate processes and energy efficiency

Materials characterisation

Materials characterisation

Using our in-house characterisation tools, we can determine a wide range of properties relevant to your materials. This ensures product specifications are met and they are fit for purpose.

Products this service is relevant to:

Finite element analysis (FEA) modelling

Through FEA modelling, we can simulate critical processes across a range of scales to provide detailed information about heat transfer, thermal distribution, thermo-mechanical effects and mechanical stresses. This provides important insights related to design and new process development.  

Emissions monitoring and modelling

Our MCERTS-accredited emissions monitoring team uses a mobile laboratory to monitor trials.

Using modelling, we simulate the environmental impact of glass manufacturing processes and products. This provides vital insights related to process development, for example, fuel switching and raw material substitution.  

Client testimonials

Our photonics research group has benefited considerably from their technical expertise and unique capabilities…

Since engaging in a number of collaborative partnerships with Glass Technology Services, our photonics research group has benefited considerably from their technical expertise and unique capabilities. When reviewing the most successful aspects of our shared activity, it is very easy to identify those elements where Glass Technology Services has carefully and tactfully altered the project trajectory towards the most beneficial outcome. In doing so, they draw upon an impressive range of expertise and technical facilities with strong links to the wider research and commercial communities. Above all, their willingness to adapt and engage with new activity makes all the difference when turning ideas into real, useful photonic materials and devices.


Prof Tom Brown & Dr Tom Edwards, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews

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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