Curriculum vitae - Glass Science


Mario Affatigato 

Prof. Mario Affatigato obtained his undergraduate degree from Coe College in 1989, followed by his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1995. He has developed a research effort primarily investigating the relationship between the optical properties and structure of glassy materials. His research primarily deals with oxide glasses, especially vanadates, borates, and samples with heavy metals. Prof. Affatigato is a past recipient of the APS Prize for Research at an Undergraduate Institution, a PECASE award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as other research grants from industry, NSF and the Research Corporation in support of his work.  He is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society and the UK Society of Glass Technology, and a Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar.  Currently he holds the Fran Allison and Francis Halpin Professorship at Coe College, and is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science.



Paolo Colombo

Paolo Colombo is a professor of Materials Science and Technology at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy. He graduated from the University of Padova with a degree in chemical engineering in 1985 and a diploma in Glass Engineering in 1988. He is also an adjunct professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, a visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University College London, UK, a member of the World Academy of Ceramics, a member of the European Academy of Sciences and a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (UK). Paolo Colombo’s research interests include novel processing routes to porous glasses and ceramics, the development of ceramic components from preceramic polymers and geopolymers, and the vitrification and reuse of hazardous industrial and natural waste.



Alicia Durán Carrera

Prof. Alicia Durán Carrera graduated in Physics at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, in 1974 and obtained a PhD in Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1984. She is Research Professor at CSIC, the Spanish Research Council, and has developed her entire professional career at the Institute of Ceramics and Glass (CSIC), leading the GlaSS research group at the Department of Glass. She has also been Secretary of the Glass Section of the Spanish Ceramic and Glass Society for more than 25 years.Topics related to energy and environment research are the aim of most projects developed by Professor Duran in the group GlaSS, recognised as Excellence group of CSIC. From September 2018 she has been President of the International Commission on Glass.



Monica Ferraris

Monica Ferraris is a Full Professor of Science and Technology of Materials at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.  She received a Master’s Degree in Solid State Chemistry at the University of Torino, Italy, in 1985 and started her career as Junior Research Scientist with the Italian Telecom Research Laboratory in October 1985. Ferraris later joined Fiat Research Centre (1991) and Politecnico di Torino (1992) as a research Scientist and Lecturer at the Materials Science and Technology, where she is Full Professor since 2005. She has over 200 hundred peer-reviewed journal publications and 14 patents on ceramics and composites. Her main research activity is on glasses, glass ceramics and composites for joining and coating.  She started the research on glasses and glass-ceramics at Politecnico di Torino in the nineties.



Angelo Montenero

Angelo Montenero is Professor of Inorganic and General Chemistry at the University of Parma. In 1987 he was elected President of Glass Research and Innovation Consortium. In 1985 he was one of the founding members of Associazione Tecnici Italiani del Vetro (ATIV). He has been ATIV President from 1995 to 2000. He is a member of Editorial Board of the Non-Crystalline Solids Journal. He collaborates with many companies in the Inorganic Chemistry Sector, especially glass. He is author and co-author of more than 160 publications on the most important magazines of this sector. He owns eight patents, his scientific activity covers the study of glass materials and their derived,  as ceramics and class-ceramics, obtained through fusion or sol-gel technology. 



Fabiano Nicoletti

Fabiano Nicoletti has been and is a collaborator in several international technical committees and working groups. He was among the founders of the European Society of Glass Science and Technology (ESG), President of USTV (Union Scientifique et Technologique du Verre) and of the ESG 2000-2002, President of ICG (International Commission on Glass) 2009-2012. Besides more than 30 scientific papers, he is also the author of the chapter “Glass Technologies” of the “History of the 20th Century” of the Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani and member of Editorial and Scientific Boards and Committees of various journals. From 2012 he is Honorary President of ICG, Scientific Advisor and Member of the Board of Stevanato Group.



John Parker 

Prof John Parker achieved a first class degree Mineralogy and Crystallography in Cambridge. He has remained there ever since, currently as an Emeritus Professor in Glass Science and Engineering. During his research career he has published over 100 articles and books and has given numerous presentations at conferences throughout the world. He was the President of both the Society of Glass Technology and the European Society of Glass Science and Technology from 2004 to 2006. He enjoys teaching and continues to lecture even though formally retired. His administrative interests in the department have extended to areas such as Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials and Aerospace engineering and he continues to work with IOM3 on accreditation.


Peter Simurka

Assoc. Prof. Peter Simurka PhD, experienced in a glass research, science and modernization, project management in industry/academic field and top management of industrial companies. After working as a researcher in the Research and Development Glass Institute in Trenčín and in the IICH SAS he joined the tableware glass company Rona a.s. Lednické Rovne in 1994. Here he started as the Head of the Department for modernization and continued as the Technical Investment Director, Production Director and General Director. In 2009 – 2017 he continued in the Joint Glass Centre of the IICH SAS, TnU AD and FCHT STU in Trenčín. In a research he concentrated on the refractory corrosion during glass melting as well as tableware glass weathering corrosion. He is the author of 7 patents and utility models and more than 50 publications in journals and Conference Proceedings. In the years 2006-2008 he was the President of the European Glass Society, in the years 2008-2019 the Executive Secretary of the International Commission on Glass and since 2003 he has been the President of the Slovak Glass Society.



Gian Domenico Sorarù

Gian Domenico Sorarù is professor of Materials Science and Technology at the University of Trento, Italy. After graduation from the University of Padua, in 1987–1989 he joined the group of Prof. J. D. Mackenzie at UCLA as postdoc where he started to be involved in the PDCs field studying silicon oxycarbide glasses from gel-derived precursors. His current research interests are in the synthesis and characterization of anionic modification of silica glass, namely Si-O-C, porous PDC including aerogels foams and felts for energy and environmental application. Gian Domenico Sorarù published more than 160 papers and 5 patents. His current h-index is 40.