TC-16 Sol-Gel Glasses

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Michel A. Aegerter
Vice-Chairman:  Prof. Dr. Rui Almeida

A new TC-16 committee has been proposed and accepted by November 2001. It consists of 16 regular members - from Germany, Portugal, Brazil, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA - and 5 associate members from countries - Australia, Austria, Israel, Slovenia and Taiwan - which do not yet have national glass society or main company/institute members of ICG.

A first non-official meeting was held on 18th  September 2001 at Padova (Italy) during the 11th "International Workshop on Glasses, Ceramics, Hybrids and Nanocomposites from Gels" with the presence of 12 participants. The new chairman has explained the purpose of the TC-16 and the possible activities of the clustering with TC 17, 19 and 24.

The workshop - a key event for the sol-gel field - was superbly organized by Prof. Dr. M. Guglielmi (member of the TC-16). It was attended by more than 450 participants who presented about 460 contributions, 10% of them been issued by the new committee members. The field is still growing quite fast and many technological transfers are expected in the near future. The next workshop will be organized in Sidney (Australia) by Dr. J.R. Bartelt and C.J. Barbé (new associate member of the TC-16) in 2003.

The chairman and the former chairman (Dr. M. Mennig), as members of the International Organizing Committee, have also actively participated in the organization of the 4th International Conference on Coatings on Glass (4th ICCG) to be held November 3-7, 2002 in Braunschweig, Germany.

Dr. M. Prassas (TC-16 member) has opened a web site for the TC-16 on his "Sol-Gel Gateway" site ( with a direct link to the ICG web site.

Since at the time of the first TC-16 meeting, the new committee was not yet officially appointed, the future activities and the mission still remain to be discussed. However one of the main tasks for 2002 will be to finish the edition of the Handbook "Sol-Gel for Glass Producers and Glass Users" for which some contributions are still expected.

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