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05-20-2010, SCHOTT North America

French Scientist Recognized for his Work on Exploring the Mechanical Properties of Materials

11th Otto Schott Research Award Conferred on Prof. Tanguy Rouxel
Prof. Tanguy Rouxel holds the Otto Schott Research Award
Prof. Tanguy Rouxel holds the Otto Schott Research Award
Corning, NY May 18, 2010 - This year, the Otto Schott Research Award valued at 25,000 euros was presented to the French scientist Prof. Tanguy Rouxel (Director of the Applied Mechanics Laboratory (LARMAUR), University of Rennes, France). He received the award for his research achievements in the area of mechanical properties of glasses and glassy materials. It was officially presented on May 18, 2010, in Corning, New York, during the 2010 Glass and Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting organized by The American Ceramic Society.

Tanguy Rouxel is highly respected internationally as a scientist. After he initially started working in his original area of expertise of engineering, he decided to focus on the mechanical properties of materials in general, before finally concentrating on specialty glasses later on. Here, he began performing fundamental research on the glassy state of organic polymers and metallic glasses, but also chalcogenides and oxide glasses. His approach to exploring the mechanical properties is based on the structure of glass in the atomic and nano value range.

“The work of Tanguy Rouxel is essential to gaining a better understanding of the elastic properties and deformation of glasses and how to reduce damages,” Prof. Carlo Pantano, a member of the Board of Trustees, noted in his laudation on the selection of this year’s award winner. “His ability to apply insights from what appear to be completely different fields to glass science and technology certainly ranks as one of his most remarkable skills,” Prof. Pantano added. In addition, he called Rouxel an excellent networker who actively participates in numerous scientific projects.

In his ceremonial address, Dr. Hans-Joachim Konz, a member of the Board of Management at SCHOTT and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ernst Abbe Fund, underscored the immense importance of close cooperation between science and industry by saying: “The exchange of knowledge and experience is what makes innovations possible.” He then added that Tanguy Rouxel is hardly a stranger to SCHOTT. After all, he and the company have been working together for years on exploring the strength of glass and the life expectancy of glass products.

The Otto Schott Research Award is presented every other year to recognize outstanding scientific achievements in basic research and technology development in the areas of special materials, components and systems for optics and electronics, solar power, health and lifestyle. This year marks the first time that research work in the area of mechanics and mechanical properties has been recognized.

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L-R: the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ernst Abbe Fund Dr. Hans-Joachim Konz, Member of the Board of Management SCHOTT AG, and Trustee Prof. Reinhard Conradt, RWTH Aachen, Prof. Tanguy Rouxel, Trustee Prof. Carlo Pentano, Penn State University.
L-R: the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ernst Abbe Fund Dr. Hans-Joachim Konz, Member of the Board of Management SCHOTT AG, and Trustee Prof. Reinhard Conradt, RWTH Aachen, Prof. Tanguy Rouxel, Trustee Prof. Carlo Pentano, Penn State University.
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