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Aims and Scope

SÃO CARLOS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDIES IN GLASSES AND GLASS-CERAMICS (G & GC School São Carlos)


    The main goal of the SÃO CARLOS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDIES IN GLASSES AND GLASS-CERAMICS (G & GC School São Carlos) is to offer to selected, active Masters or PhD students a global vision of the main scientific and technological advances in the field of glasses and glass-ceramics, as well as a vision of present-day problems and perspectives for future research. We are aiming to host 50 Brazilian and 50 international students who are working on glass or glass-ceramics. Highly renowned, experienced researchers affiliated to national and international institutes have been invited to present the state-of-the-art and trends, both theoretical and practical, on selected topics about glasses and glass-ceramics. In special , the School will focus on the molecular structure, nano and microstructure, dynamic processes (viscous flow, diffusion, structural relaxation and crystallization), as well as on the mechanical, optical, electrical and biological properties of these material classes. 

    The complete program will be covered in 9 days, from Aug 1, 2015 to Aug. 09, 2015. Two modules of 2 hours seeking to cover advances in issues related to glass structure and dynamic processes in glasses and glass-ceramics. The lectures will address beyond the state of art of each single topic, exposing some of the main open problems in each topic. In addition to the lectures, practical training classes will be offered about the most complete database, SciGlass, which allows the user to get correlations between the chemical composition / properties in more than 400.00 types of glasses. Lastly we will also offer lectures and guided visits to laboratories of the Physics Departments of both universities (UFSCar and USP), the Materials Engineering Departments (including the laboratorio de Materiais Vítreos – LaMaV) of the Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar) and Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos da Universidade de São Paulo (USP), and the chemistry department of UNESP allowing the students to be acquainted with the research activities developed and the available infrastructure, thereby increasing the visibility of those laboratories and stimulating students to follow possible post doctoral programs, as well as to nucleate national and international scientific cooperation.

    We understand that for a significant development of this area to take place in Brazil, the exchange of experiences is of uttermost importance between our students and international students and researchers. In summary, the School aims not only to provide a broad overview of the current state of science and technology of glasses and glass-ceramics, but also to establish the main challenges that must be overcome, and provide an intense exchange of knowledge among PhD students and professors from Brazil and abroad.