Answered By: Regan Brumagen
Last Updated: Oct 05, 2016     Views: 119

 As you may or may not know, the subject of borosilicate glass structure remains an active area of research with scientists continuing to publish new results.  Here are two references which contain 3D representations of borosilicate glass structure:

1. T. F. Soules and A. K. Varshneya, "Molecular dynamic calculations of a sodium borosilicate glass structure," J. Amer. Ceram. Soc. 64, 145-150 (1981).

2. F. Gou, G. N. Greaves, W. Smith, and R. Winter, "Molecular dynamics simulation of sodium borosilicate glasses," J. Non-Cryst. Sol. 293-295, 539-546 (2001).


Several books discuss borosilicate glass structure but do not include 3D representations of the structure (except the book by Varshneya which includes the image in Ref. 1 above).  These include:

Doremus, Glass Science

Rao, Structural Chemistry of Glasses

Uhlmann and Kriedl, Glass: Science and Technology Vol. 1

Varshneya, Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses

Vogel, Chemistry of Glasses

For a recent technical paper on the subject which includes extensive references, see

M. M. Smedskjaer, J. C. Mauro, R. E. Youngman, C. L. Hogue, M. Potuzak, and Y. Yue, "Topological Principles of Borosilicate Glass Chemistry," J. of Phys. Chem. B 115, 12930-12946 (2011).


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