Texas Tech University

Researchers use prehistoric amber to test glass theory

Science Daily

June 9, 2015

Science Daily - In some circles, no matter how much experimentation and research is done that gives a definitive answer to the contrary, some urban myths continue to live.

A pair of Texas Tech University professors and a doctoral student, however, recently used prehistoric amber to test theories of glasses and concurrently provided new information to dispel that myth. Their findings were highlighted by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funded the research.

The study by Greg McKenna, Horn Professor and the John R. Bradford Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Sindee Simon, Horn Professor and chemical engineering department chair; and Jing Zhao, a chemical engineering doctoral student, tested the thermal, mechanical and flow properties of 20 million-year-old Dominican amber glass.

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