Its development has been traced to Corning's work in developing photosensitive glass. Corning credits S. Donald Stookey with its discovery; while conducting research in 1953 on a photosensitive lithium silicate glass called Fotoform containing a dispersion of silver nanoparticles, Stookey noted that an accidentally overheated fragment of the glass resisted breakage when dropped. Stookey's initial glass-ceramic became Fotoceram, with Li2Si2O5 and quartz as its crystalline phases. Fotoceram evolved into Pyroceram in 1959, with β-spodumene as the crystalline phase, which evolved into the CorningWare line of cookware.
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- The NPL Measurements Contribution to the Certification of Pyroceram 9606 as a Reference Material for Thermal Properties
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