John Mauro

John Mauro
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
333 Steidle Building
(814) 865-2130

Bio

Dr. Mauro earned his B.S. in Glass Engineering Science (2001), B.A. in Computer Science (2001), and Ph.D. in Glass Science (2006), all from Alfred University.  He joined Corning Incorporated in 1999, where he served in various capacities, including Senior Research Manager of the Glass Research department.  Dr. Mauro is the inventor or co-inventor of several new glass compositions for Corning, including Corning Gorilla® Glass products.  He is a pioneer in the use of physics-based modeling for the design of new glassy materials and is the inventor of new models for supercooled liquid and glass viscosity, glass structure and topology, relaxation behavior, and thermal and mechanical properties.  In 2017, Dr. Mauro joined the Pennsylvania State University as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

Dr. Mauro is currently a world-recognized expert in fundamental and applied glass science, statistical mechanics, computational and condensed matter physics, thermodynamics, and the topology of disordered networks.  He is the author of over 180 peer-reviewed publications and has given over 200 presentations at international conferences and seminars.  His publications have been cited over 4600 times, with an h-index of 36.  Dr. Mauro has 27 granted U.S. patents and an additional 39 patents pending.

Academic Training

B.S. in Glass Engineering Science, Alfred University
B.A. in Computer Science, Alfred University
Ph.D. in Glass Science, Alfred University

Awards and Accomplishments

Program Chair, International Congress on Glass, 2019
Editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Since 2017
Volume Organizer, MRS Bulletin, 2017
Honorary Member, Sigma Pi Sigma, Coe College, 2017
Ethnically Diverse Group of Employees (EDGE) Excellence Award, Corning Incorporated, 2016
Karl Schwartzwalder Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award, National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, 2016
Guest Chair Professor, Qilu University of Technology, Since 2016
CEB R&D Leadership Academy, 2015
W.H. Zachariasen Award, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 2015
Fellow, American Ceramic Society, 2015
Richard M. Fulrath Award, American Ceramic Society, 2015
Guest Adjunct Professor, Wuhan University of Technology, Since 2015
Outstanding Publication Award, Corning Incorporated, 2015
Specialty Chief Editor, Frontiers in Materials: Glass Science, Since 2014
Associate Editor, International Journal of Applied Glass Science, Since 2013
S. Donald Stookey Award for Exploratory Research, Corning Incorporated, 2013
Outstanding Service to Specialty Materials Award, Corning Incorporated, 2013
Associate Editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 2012-2017
Sir Alastair Pilkington Award, Society of Glass Technology, 2012
Outstanding Publication Award, Corning Incorporated, 2011
Vittorio Gottardi Prize, International Commission on Glass, 2011
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Since 2011
Woldemar A. Weyl International Glass Science Award, The Pennsylvania State University and International Commission on Glass, 2010
Program Chair, American Ceramic Society Glass and Optical Materials Division Meeting, 2010
Alfred R. Cooper Fellow and Distinguished Speaker, American Ceramic Society, 2009
Outstanding Publication Award, Corning Incorporated, 2009
Corning Optical Fiber Excellence Award, 2007
Norbert J. Kreidl Award, American Ceramic Society, Glass and Optical Materials Division, 2006
Corning Optical Fiber Excellence Award, 2002

Research

Building on 18 years of industrial research experience, Dr. Mauro uses a combination of theoretical and experimental approaches to address fundamental problems in glass science and engineering.

One key area of focus is the glass transition, which is known as one of the most challenging problems in condensed matter physics.  It is also a problem of great technological importance, since the properties of a glass depend on its thermal history, and glasses spontaneously relax with heat treatment.  This problem is especially critical for the high-tech glass industry, since glass transition/relaxation behavior is one of the most important properties for flat panel display substrates, optical fiber, and chemically strengthened glass.  Hence, problems related to glass relaxation offer the opportunity to obtain solutions that both advance fundamental physical understanding and are directly applicable to practical problems of industrial concern.  Dr. Mauro’s group uses a combination of modeling and experimental techniques to address key problems related to the thermodynamics and kinetics of glass transition and relaxation phenomena in inorganic glasses.

Another area of focus is predictive design of new glassy materials by “decoding the glass genome.”  To be suitable for a particular application, a glass must meet stringent requirements for all properties of interest, including both product-related attributes and properties that are important for manufacturing.  Optimization of the glass involves a careful balancing of the chemical composition to achieve these desired attributes.  It is therefore critical to conduct fundamental research to develop a detailed understanding of the effects of composition and processing on material structure and its relationship to macroscopic properties.  Dr. Mauro’s group addresses these issues through a combination of physics-based and empirical approaches, including novel statistical mechanical descriptions of glass structure and bonding, topological constraint theory, and machine learning techniques.

Other areas of focus include (a) high-strength glasses, with particular emphasis on chemically strengthened glasses, (b) nucleation/crystallization in glasses and glass-ceramics, and (c) glass melting and processing.