Department of Materials Science and Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University, US



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Dr. John C. Mauro is Dorothy Pate Enright Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Education in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. John earned a B.S. in Glass Engineering Science (2001), B.A. in Computer Science (2001), and Ph.D. in Glass Science (2006), all from Alfred University. He joined Corning Incorporated in 1999 and served in multiple roles there, including Senior Research Manager of the Glass Research department. John is the inventor or co-inventor of several new glass compositions for Corning, including Corning Gorilla® Glass products. John joined the faculty at Penn State in 2017 and is currently a world-recognized expert in fundamental and applied glass science, statistical mechanics, computational and condensed matter physics, thermodynamics and kinetics, and the topology of disordered networks. John is the author of over 340 peer-reviewed publications and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. He is co-author of Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses, 3rd ed. (Elsevier, 2019), the definitive textbook on glass science and technology, and author of the newly published textbook, Materials Kinetics: Transport and Rate Phenomena (Elsevier, 2021). John is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors with 76 granted U.S. patents. John is also a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and the Society of Glass Technology. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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LionGlass: A Phosphate-Based Approach to Carbon-Neutral Glass Manufacturing

The global glass industry produces over 86 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. LionGlass is Penn State’s patent-pending glass compositional family that offers, for the first time, an alternative to standard soda lime silicate glass, reducing the carbon footprint of the glass industry by >50%. LionGlass achieves this goal by lowering the melting temperature of everyday glass products by 400°C and eliminating the use of carbonate batch materials. LionGlass also offers 10× improvement in damage resistance compared to soda lime, enabling lightweighting of glass products.