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Recent Advances in Hybrid Optical Materials: Integrating Nanoparticles within a Glass Matrix

Wei, Yunle; Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Heike; Zhao, Jiangbo (Tim)


Yunle Wei

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem


Abstract Glass containing optically active nanoparticles have been manufactured for centuries. However, only in the early 1900s, the invention of ultramicroscope and development of Mie theory paved the way to discovering the occurrence of nanoparticles in glass and their special role in imparting unique optical properties to glass. This groundbreaking insight inspired scientists to extensively research such nanoparticles-in-glass hybrid optical materials, which led to a series of fundamental breakthroughs (e.g., invention of glass ceramics, discovery of quantum dots) and commercial successes (e.g., photosensitive glass, photochromic glass, dichromic polarizer). Over the past decades, a new wave of research in this area has been initiated by opportunities of incorporating a large variety of synthetic nanoparticles in glass, which promises the development of advanced functional devices for lighting, display, smart window, data storage, and sensing applications. Recent development of various approaches of fabricating nanoparticles-in-glass hybrid optical materials and postmodifying nanoparticles that are embedded in glass is reviewed. The state-of-the-art techniques relevant to controlling the dispersion, distribution, orientation, and nanostructure of nanoparticles in glass, as well as manipulating the macroscopic performance of the hybrid materials are discussed. Examples of applications with promising pathway to commercially viable devices based on hybrid optical materials are outlined.


Wei, Y., Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H., & Zhao, J. (. (2019). Recent Advances in Hybrid Optical Materials: Integrating Nanoparticles within a Glass Matrix. Advanced Optical Materials, 7(21), Article 1900702.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 12, 2019
Online Publication Date Aug 1, 2019
Publication Date Nov 4, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 14, 2022
Journal Advanced Optical Materials
Print ISSN 2195-1071
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 21
Article Number 1900702
Keywords Glass; Hybrid materials; Nanocomposites; Nanoparticles
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