Description of field of research

Glass foam is a lightweight, porous, foamed composite with very low thermal conductivity and desirable fire resistance. It is a sustainable insulation material that can be entirely manufactured from recycled waste glass. However, glass foam manufacturing requires the sintering of waste glass, an additive, and a foaming agent mixture at high temperatures, which are energy-consuming and emit greenhouse gases. Therefore, it is necessary to conduct a cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment (LCA) of this product to understand its impact on the environment and economy. The most commonly used LCA analysis tool is the openLCA software. This project aims to study the LCA of glass foam developed from waste glass, with the analysis being conducted using openLCA software.

This is part of an ongoing laboratory research project, and all laboratory work has been completed. After completing the LCA analysis and validating the results, there is a possibility of collaborating on a research paper to be published on this topic. 

Research Area

Waste recycling | Glass foam | Insulation | Building | Life cycle assessment

Collaborative research

Analysis using openLCA software 


  1. To complete the LCA of glass foam starting from waste glass to the final product
  2. Cost analysis  

Scope/ related works and requirements: 

  1. Applicant must have experience in using openLCA software.
  2. Applicant must have experience in cradle-to-grave LCA analysis.
  3. Full LCA analysis for at least two glass foam products.  
  4. Using the databases (AusLCI; EcoInvent, others) (will be provided)