Sol-Gel Silica

Properties, Processing and Technology Transfer


  • Larry L. Hench, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London

A unique perspective of twentieth century research and development in materials science. It summarizes the fifteen years of sol-gel silica processing research leading to the commercial development of bioactive gel-glasses for medical applications. It demonstrates the combined use of quantum mechanical molecular modeling and spectroscopy to solve environmental stability problems. A final chapter addresses the topic of Technology Transfer - how to transfer technology from the laboratory to a profitable commercial enterprise using examples from various chapters in the book.
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Ceramics, glass, and composite engineers.


Book information

  • Published: December 1998
  • ISBN: 978-0-8155-1419-0

Table of Contents

1. The Concept2. Sol-Gel Kinetics3. Aging4. Drying5. Stabilization6. Densification7. Laser Densification8. Gel-Silica Optics9. Porous Gel-Silica Optical Matrices10. Biological Implications11. Technology Transfer of Gel-Silica Optics 1.0 Rate of Technology Change 2.0 Technological Half-Life 3.0 The Problem 4.0 Factors Affecting Rapid Technology Transfer 5.0 Alternative Routes to Commercialization 6.0 Analysis of Business Potential 7.0 Lessons LearnedAcknowledgmentReferencesIndex