A team at the University of Nottingham have developed a scalable manufacturing process that is capable of producing unique spherical glass materials with a high degree porosity. The properties of the microspheres can be tailored to meet the users’ needs by adapting the manufacturing process and feed material composition. Porous glass materials potentially have significant utility in engineering, biotechnology and in healthcare where ongoing work has started to demonstrate the utility of calcium phosphate glasses in bone repair. The applicable base materials for the porous glass particles range from phosphates, silicates, borates and glass ceramics.
Glass microspheres can be produced via a patented procedure with properties tailored to the specific demands of the application.