Hydrogel-based, fire-resistant glass
Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2020:
Dr. Holger Wack and Damian Hintemann
(Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT)
Thomas Baus (Hörmann KG Glastechnik)
Glass engineered to defy flames
The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen and Hörmann, a family-owned company, have developed a new type of fire-resistant glass that holds up under even extreme heat – and ported this glazing from the beaker to the production line within four years. No more toxic acrylamide, around 85 percent less process waste, a leaner manufacturing process, excellent performance – these product merits garnered the development team the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize.