IRradiance Glass seeks to expand the market for infrared optical materials, to focus on excellence and creativity in our products, and to value the customer experience.

Management Team

The management team of IRradiance Glass has a unique blend of scientific, managerial, and entrepreneurial experience in industry and academic materials science applications.

  • Dr. J. David Musgraves | Chief Scientist, IR Materials

    JDM - cropDr. J. David Musgraves was formerly a Research Assistant Professor at Clemson University studying infrared-transparent glasses. The group’s research focused on the development and characterization of glasses for bulk, thin-film, and fiber applications. His individual research was focused on the integration of quantum computational modeling, optical spectroscopy, and thermal analysis as a means to evaluate the evolution of amorphous structure across multiple length scales and to correlate this emergent structure with material properties.

    Dr. Musgraves received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Arizona in 2008, where he studied the photocatalysis of sol-gel reactions, using this knowledge to develop and patent a technique for direct-writing physical relief structures from solution. He holds a bachelors degree in Physics from Pomona College, where he was later hired as a Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy.

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  • Mr. Peter Wachtel | Senior Research Scientist

    PFW headshotMr. Peter Wachtel was previously a Glass Scientist at Kopp Glass Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA. There he was the lead for the Night Vision Compatible Glass (NVC) production line and custom glass developments. In this capacity, he helped to increase the NVC line yields by 16% through implementation of technical seminars, an easy-to-use melt parameter database, and a statistical glass component to property model. His experience in custom glass development ranged from designing filter glasses meeting physical, thermal, and optical customer needs to the modification of the current glass types in production to be RoHS compliant and still meet customer specifications. These glass developments required the melting of glasses on a small lab scale and up scaling the glass melt to full production.

    He was also formerly a Research Assistant in the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory (GPCL) within The Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) at Clemson University. His responsibilities included support of the GPCL research group on the development of novel infrared transparent glasses and various applications. Mr. Wachtel received his B.S. in Glass Science and Engineering and his M.S. in Glass Science at Alfred University. His thesis work consisted of defining the mechanism behind the Near IR light enhanced gas diffusion of transition metal doped hollow glass microspheres that are to be used as the fuel source in hydrogen fuel cells.

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