Novel Glass & Fibre

The Novel Glass Group, led by Professor Dan Hewak, is part of the ORC's Fibre Fabrication Area and plays a central role in a broad spectrum of ORC activities.

Our mission is to explore the application of new types of glass in any area of optoelectronics, the more unusual the better! It is a large and active group, consisting of Research Fellows, PhD students and Technical Support. We regularly interact with industry and collaborators internationally and are closely involved with several University spin out companies, in particular ChG Southampton Ltd and Ilika Technologies Ltd.


Our facilities include a wide range of specialised glass-making and fibre drawing equipment, along with shared clean rooms for thin film deposition. Thermal, optical, electrical and mechanical characterisation equipment are within the group and within the University we have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art analytical equipment.

The diversity of this equipment allows the group to rapidly redirect its research activities and respond instantly to emerging technologies. 

Glass sales:

Chalcogenide and other glasses are available for sale for research and commercial purposes through the ORC spin out company ChG Southampton Ltd.

Work with us:

Please contact Professor Dan Hewak if you would like any further information about the work of our Novel Glass and Fibre group or would be interested in working with us.

Recently we began new work in collaboration with the Composite Material Lab in Chemistry - find out more.

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