The poster sessions in Oxford, took place with 25 Borates posters and 22 Phosphates posters

The 9th International Conference on Borate Glasses, Crystals and Melts and the 2nd International Conference on Phosphate Materials was held sequentially on 24-28 July, 2017, at St Anne's College, Oxford.

The conferences commenced with Registration on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd July, followed by a drinks reception, in the early evening. There was a full programme of scientific talks and posters, until 18:00 on Friday 28th July. On the afternoon of Wednesday 26th July there was a conference excursion to Blenheim Palace (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blenheim_Palace), between the Borate and Phosphate Conferences.

The Borate Conference discussed current scientific research on borate materials (with a chemical composition that includes B2O3, B2S3 or B2Se3). The Borate Conference was held on 24-26 July 2017. The 9th Borate Conference was held in honour of Professor Steve Feller of Coe College, Iowa, USA, in recognition of his unique contribution to the study of borate materials.Steve Feller

The Phosphate Conference discussed current scientific research on phosphate materials (research on phosphate- and phosphate-containing materials, including P-O, P-S, P-Se and P-O-N networks). The Phosphate Conference was held on 26-28 July 2017. Thewnd Phosphate Conference was held in honour of Professor Uwe Hoppe of Rostock University, in recognition of his unique contribution to the study of phosphate materials.


In 2014 the Borate and Phosphate Conferences were held sequentially in Pardubice, Czech Republic - see previous conference website .

The Conferences were organised by the Society of Glass Technology, and the chairman of the local organising committee is  Dr Emma Barney of the University of Nottingham. The Borate International Organising Committee is chaired by Professor Alex Hannon of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and the Phosphate  International Organising Committee is chaired by  Professor Richard Brow of Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Conference Themes

This joint meeting, was held at St Anne’s college, Oxford, UK, comprised of two conferences that ran sequentially. On the third day of the meeting there was a combined day dedicated to borophosphate glasses followed by a conference dinner to mark the close the borates part of the meeting and the beginning of the phosphates conference. The five day meeting covered a number of interlinking themes that was of interest to all delegates. These included, but were not limited to, the following

  • Energy including nuclear waste storage and electrolytes, super ionic systems and ionic conductivity.
  • Healthcare including bone repair, bioactivity, dental and medical applications, glass ceramics and crystallisation.
  • Optical and data storage materials including optical properties, glass fibres, luminescence, laser hosts.
  • Property-structure relationships including mixed network glasses, structural modelling and simulations, mechanical properties, thermal properties, glasses in extreme conditions, glass ceramics, phase separation and inhomogeneities, thermodynamics, corrosion.
  • Fundamentals of the glassy state including glass structure, short and intermediate range order, the glass transition, the boson peak, glass relaxation, crystallisation.
  • Novel glasses, crystals and melts including synthesis and characterisation.
  • Technology and Industry including current applications and future developments.

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