Vitro Earns R&D Award

Vitro Architectural Glass, formerly PPG Glass, won an R&D 100 Award for the development of Solarban 90 glass, the first product to feature its proprietary “quad-silver” coating technology.

The Terry Thomas, Seattle (photo: Weber Thompson)

The Terry Thomas, Seattle (photo: Weber Thompson)

The award, from R&D Magazine, was presented to representatives of Vitro Glass at the 54th Annual R&D 100 Awards and Technology Conference on November 3 in Washington, D.C.

Dennis O’Shaughnessy, research and development director, Vitro Glass, says Solarban 90 glass incorporates a fourth “nano-layer” of silver with nanoparticles that product developers can manipulate to control its reflectivity, color and solar performance.

“Quad-silver coating technology is a major technical advance that has implications beyond the debut of Solarban 90 glass, as it will enable us to generate new glass appearance and performance combinations that architects desire, and that other glass manufacturers cannot easily replicate,” he says.

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