NEW-MINE contributed to the Researchers’ Night in Padova, held on September 28th. Prof. Enrico Bernardo, with the help of ESR Patricia Rabelo Monich, showed the activities concerning the upcycling of industrial waste (comprising waste glass) in the manufacturing of glass-ceramic foams. They demonstrated the obtainment of glass foams by alkali activation of suspensions of glass powders, followed by intensive mechanical stirring.
The participants were very interested in these ‘Glass Cappuccino’ experiments, consisting of the mechanical foaming of glass suspensions, without alkali activator, just by addition of surfactants. The technology is at the basis of cooperation also in other EU-funded projects (CoACH and FunGlass). Read more about this experiment in this short leaflet.
The workshop was organized by the Advanced Ceramics and Glasses (AGC) group, part of the the Department of Industrial Engineering (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale). It took place in front of the University of Padova main building (Palazzo Bo).
The Researchers’ Night is a mega event taking place every year on a single September night in about 300 cities all over Europe, including Padova, Verona and Venice, in Northeast Italy. It aims at showing what researchers really do and why it matters for daily life. Visitors are invited at behind-the-scenes guided tours of research labs that are normally closed to the public, interactive science shows, hands-on experiments or workshops.