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Corning Incorporated and ICFO announce a renovation agreement for the Corning Laboratory at ICFO

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences

This news release is available in Spanish.

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW), a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, and ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, an independent, non-profit research center based in Barcelona, Spain, announce a four year renovation agreement for the Corning Laboratory established at ICFO. Since 2010, the collaboration has been the basis for numerous successful projects in the areas of photonics and surface technologies and has subsequently helped enable Corning and ICFO to secure their leading positions in surface science and technology.

The Corning-ICFO collaboration, which will now extend through 2019, includes sponsorship of a chaired faculty professorship, the Corning Surfaces Laboratory, and sponsored research projects of mutual interest. The chaired faculty professorship is occupied by Professor Valerio Pruneri. The Knowledge and Technology Transfer unit at ICFO and the University Collaborations department at Corning are playing a key role in maintaining and fostering this joint effort.

"Professor Pruneri and his group at ICFO are at the leading edge of research in optical physics and materials and surface sciences," said Aleksandra Boskovic, director, Optics and Surface Technologies, Corning Science and Technology. "This collaboration enables Corning to innovate with ICFO by exploring opto-electronic properties and applications for its unique materials."

Professor Lluis Torner, ICFO director, said, "The special relationship that ICFO shares with Corning through this partnership enables us to join forces to tackle truly relevant problems facing companies and society today. The innovative spirit and world-leading capabilities of the Corning team have already yielded great results. We are thrilled to continue working on projects that promise to greatly benefit both organizations."

"My group is looking forward to continuing the collaboration with highly qualified research scientists and leaders," declared Professor Valerio Pruneri, ICFO. "The results we have achieved to date demonstrate that this is a win-win for both teams. We are producing very exciting advances and are committed to continue working on projects relevant to the industry."

Salient examples of the important technological breakthroughs achieved so far include antireflection glass surfaces with almost zero reflection up to very large viewing angles. These surfaces have been combined with antiglare properties to achieve a display screen that is free of interference from ambient light. Other advances include a super-omniphobic glass window repelling water and oil, and a flexible glass substrate whose surface is electrically conductive, allowing low cost manufacturing of consumable electronic devices. All of these have been enabled by new designs involving ultrathin materials and micro-nano-structuring technologies, patented under the collaboration framework.


About Corning Incorporated

Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning's businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning's products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.

About ICFO

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences hosts 300 researchers organized in 24 research groups working in 60 state-of-the-art research laboratories, equipped with the latest experimental facilities and supported by a range of cutting-edge facilities for nanofabrication, characterization, imaging and engineering. It is located in a specially designed, 14.000 m2-building situated in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, Spain. The institute hosts an active Corporate Liaison Program that aims at creating collaborations between all types of national and international industries and ICFO researchers. It is also proactive in fostering entrepreneurial activities and spin-off creation among ICFOnians.

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