His article, “The Case for Stronger Glass,” advocates the development of stronger glass, emphasizing the triple-bottom-line benefits of people, planet, and profit.
In the article, Zach writes that glass applications often only achieve 0.5% of the material’s lab-tested, intrinsic strength. He argues that increasing the strength of glass could reduce the cost of renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind. Stronger glass, Zach notes, could also provide cost savings to manufacturers, create new jobs, improve human health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase energy efficiency.
The article grew out of Zach’s work supporting the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) and its initiative to launch the Usable Glass Strength Coalition—a collaborative research program to develop stronger glass. While ultra-strong glass carries great promise for improving today’s products and enabling new applications, individual glass manufacturers cannot afford to fund the research alone. The coalition proposes to cooperatively fund university graduate students who will conduct fundamental, pre-competitive research.
Zach helped GMIC plan the coalition and its strategy, and has facilitated several meetings of glass companies. Zach hopes the article will increase awareness and motivate additional participation in the coalition.
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