Research Fellowon behalf of Glass Futures, UK



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AnneJans Faber finished his study Experimental Physics at Utrecht State University (NL) in 1985, cum laude. He started his career as project leader at the TNO Institute of Applied Physics in Delft in 1986. During the nineties he has been leader of the group Glass Melting Technology of TNO Science and Industry in Eindhoven. From January 2012 to January 2021 he worked as senior scientist at CelSian Glass & Solar (former TNO Glass Group). He has written a large number of scientific publications, is holder of several patents and has been reviewer for international scientific journals. In 1997 he received, together with 3 colleagues of TNO, the prestigious Otto Schott Research Award for applied and fundamental research in the area of glass technology and glassy materials. In 2005 he received the Descartes-Huygens prize from the French Government and French Academy of Sciences for his contribution to the scientific cooperation between France and The Netherlands, especially in the domain of innovation. In June 2012 he received the German Industry prize (Adolf Dietzel Industriepreis) from the German Glass Society (Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft). During his career at TNO and CelSian he acted as senior scientist and technology innovation consultant for industrial companies in Europe, the US and Asia. He organised industrial R&D consortia and workshops and he presented Glass Science & Technology training courses for international glass companies in the framework of the organisation Glass Trend. Currently he is scientific consultant at Physica Fit Faber and Research Fellow at Henry Royce Institute, Manchester, supported by Glass Futures, UK. In these roles he focuses on the technological challenges of low carbon glass production.

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Glass, Steel, Ceramics - Not as Different as We Appear

The foundation industries comprise the metals, ceramics, glass, chemicals, paper and cement sectors, who combined produce 28m tonnes of material per year, and are worth £50bn annually to the UK economy. They are also the UK’s biggest industrial polluters and responsible for approximately 50 million tonnes of CO2 per year, or_ 10% of the total CO2 emitted by UK homes and businesses. Global leaders in innovation, research, technology from across the UK foundation industries have come together to form the Foundation Industries Sustainability Consortium (FISC). Funded by Innovate UK as part of the Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge, FISC brings together The Centre for Process Innovation (Chemicals), Glass Futures, Lucideon(Ceramics), the Materials Processing Institute (Metals) and the Henry Royce Institute (Universities). By working together FISC can leverage the deep understanding and capabilities of its partners to help the companies operating in the foundation industries and the supply chains that use their materials to improve. FISC’s first project is EconoMISER (Economic Materials Innovation for the Sustainable and Efficient Use of Resources) and will address the common challenges through collaborative projects based on the following themes;

  • Alternative Fuels
  • Circular Economy, feedstock, recycling and reuse
  • Digital control and sensors
  • Process optimisation
  • Sustainable materials development In this presentation the specific topics which are most relevant to the glass industry and which are being addressed within EconoMISER will be highlighted.