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Professors A. R. Boccaccini and I. Dlouhy (Brno, Czech Republic) celebrate 25 years of research collaborations

Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and Prof. Ivo Dlouhy , senior researcher at Institute of Physics of Materials (IPM), Czech Academy of Sciences and Director, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic, who met recently at the KMM VIN  General Assembly in Brussels (photo), reviewed their 25 years of research collaborations. They met for the first time when they were post-doctoral researcher (Boccaccini) and academic visitor (Dlouhy) at the School of Metallurgy and Materials,  University of Birmingham, UK, in 1994. They have collaborated in numerous research areas, including glass matrix composites (first joint paper published in 1996 [1]), glass fracture characterisation [2], fibre reinforced ceramics [3], glass-ceramics [4], nanocomposites [5], geopolymers [6], bioactive glass scaffolds [7], in projects funded by numerous agencies, including NATO, DAAD and the European Commission, with more than 30 joint research papers published. Prof. Boccaccini said: “Ivo has been a key collaborator of my group during the years, we have complementary expertise and experimental capabilities in our laboratories, so it has been always straightforward to establish collaborative research programs with him and his team, which have led not only to important joint publications but also to numerous exchanges of students and researchers between our Institutes. I am sure this collaboration will continue in the next years”.

[1] Dlouhy, I; Boccaccini, AR, Preparation, microstructure and mechanical properties of metal-particulate/glass-matrix composites, COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 56 (1996) 1415-1424.

[2] Boccaccini, AR, et al., Reliability of the chevron-notch technique for fracture toughness determination in glass, MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A 347 (2003) 102-108.

[3] Boccaccini, AR, et al., Fracture behaviour of mullite fibre reinforced-mullite matrix composites under quasi-static and ballistic impact loading, COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 65 (2005) 325-333.

[4]  Wu, JP, et al., A glass-ceramic derived from high TiO2-containing slag: Microstructural development and mechanical behavior, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY 89 (2006) 2426-2433.

[5] Porwal, H, et al., Toughened and machinable glass matrix composites reinforced with graphene and graphene-oxide nano platelets, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF ADVANCED MATERIALS 14 (2013) Article Number: 055007.

[6] Taveri, G, et al., Proving the role of boron in the structure of fly-ash/borosilicate glass based geopolymers, MATERIALS LETTERS 200 (2017) 105-108.

[7] Bertolla, L., et al., Preparation and characterization of Bioglass (R)-based scaffolds reinforced by poly-vinyl alcohol/microfibrillated cellulose composite coating, JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY 34   (2014) 3379-3387.