In the last 6 years the Centre was successful in obtaining a significant amount of funding from ERDF and other sources (including industrial cooperation).  As a result of these activities, today Centre has at its hands an up-to-date research infrastructure.

Web-link for equipment:
The Catalogue of Cooperation Possibilities (part Glass Competence Centre Vitrum Laugaricio, p. 13 – 59)

  • Sample preparation

State of the art powder processing line, laboratory scale, including:

  • Planetary Mill, Fritsch Pulverisette 5,
  • Vibratory Micro, Mill Fritsch Pulversiette 0,

State of the art ceramographic facilities, laboratory scale, including:

  • Precision Saw, Buehler IsoMet® 5000,
  • Diamond Saw, Buehler AbrasiMatic® 300 Abrasive Cutter,
  • Lapping equipment/Grinder-Polisher, Buehler EcoMet 300Pro
  • Automatic polisher EcoMet/AutoMet 300 Grinder-Polisher,
  • Vibration polishing Buehler Vibromet,


  • JEOL JFC-1300 „AUTO Sputter Coater“,
  • JEOL JEC-520 „Carbon Coater“,
  • House built equipment for preparation of glass microspheres by flame synthesis,
  • Laboratory Tape Caster, DrBlade
  • Heat treatment and glass melting facilities
  • Tube furnace up to 1300°C – Clasic 0213T,
  • Tube furnace for work in vacuum/controlled atmosphere up to 1800°C – Clasic 0118T,
  • High-temperature elevator furnaces – Clasic 0718E – 3x,
  • Chamber furnace for sintering of ceramics up to 1800°C – Clasic 1018 S,
  • Muffle furnaces for glass annealing – 5 x,
  • Hot press – Clasic 0220 ZL,
  • High Temperature Oven GHIBLI GH60,
  • Climatic Chamber, Angelantoni Discovery DY110
  • Pressure Autoclave, Büchi Glas Uster / Limbo li
  • Observation furnace, Clasic
  • Physical properties of solids/melts
  • Particle Size Analyser and Zeta Potentiometer, Brookhaven 90Plus BI-Zeta,
  • Rheometer / viscometer, Haake Mars III,
  • High temperature rotation viscometer,  BAHR Vis 403,
  • Helium Pycnometer, Quantachrome Ultrapyc 1200e,
  • Gradient furnace, Clasic 4015 SP
  • House-built equipment for measurement of physical properties of glass melts,
  • Hot stage microscope, Zeiss,
  • Potentiostat with frequency analyser, Modulab ESC-MTS (Solartron Analytical),
  • Equipment for measurement of thermally stimulated depolarisation currents, Novocontrol,
  • Micro Hardness Tester, WIKI 200,
  • Equipment for determination of residual stresses in glass – STRAINOPTICS POLARIMETER SYSTEM –  ANALYZER A-100.
  • Microstructure characterisation
  • Scanning Electron Microscope, JEOL  JSM-7600 F/EDS/WDS/EBSD
  • Optical Microscopes with accessories 2 x, NIKON LV 100 UDM
  • Chemical analysis
  • Microwave Digestion System, Berghof Speedwave 4
  • ICP OES Varian Vista MPX,
  • ICP OES Agilent 5100 SVDV
  • ICP MS Agilent 7900 ICP-MS
  • LSX-213 G2+ Nd:YAG Laser Ablation System,
  • Ionic chromatography Dionex™ ICS-5000+,
  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, Bruker S8 Tiger,
  • Phase analysis
  • X-ray diffractometer, Panalytical Empyrean DY1098,
  • High temperature X-ray diffraction chamber Anton Paar HTK16,
  • Thermal analysis
  • Simultaneous Thermal Analysis Netzsch STA 449 F1 Jupiter,
  • Thermomechanical Analysis Netzsch TMA 402 F1 Hyperion,
  • Thermomechanical Analysis TA Instruments TMA Q400,
  • Differential scanning calorimetry Perkin Elmer DSC 8500,
  • Differential scanning calorimetry TA Instruments DSC Q2000,
  • Spectroscopy methods
  • Raman Microscope Renishaw inVia.Reflex,
  • Spectrofluorometer Fluorolog 3: FL 3-21 (Horiba),
  • Fluorocube-NL-01,
  • UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer Cary 5000,
  • NIR Fibre-optics spectrometer, Ocean Optics NIRQUEST 256-2.5