The Advanced Ceramics and Glass Laboratory will be emphasizing specialty materials used in a variety of ways and evolves around a core product and competency, involving Porous Wall Hollow Glass Microspheres (PWHGMs). These tiny unique materials are glass micro-balloons, 2 to 100 microns in diamter (1/2 to 1/3 the diameter of a human hair), and have very thin outer shells only 1 to 2 microns thick.
What makes them special is that the inventors found a way to induce and control poristy in the thin outer shell on a scale of 100 to 2,000 Angstroms. This allows the micro-balloons to be filled with a variety of materials that can be released on demand. This technology is an R&D 100 Award winner and has major applications across a broad range of industries, particularly in the medical field. The applications include:
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