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Schott of Mainz, Germany, has received US Patent No. 7,566,672, "Glass composition exclusively consisting of oxides which already at low temperatures form volatile fluorides by reaction with fluorine and its use." The claimed glass is advantageous for microstructuring, especially reactive ion etching with fluorine and fluorine compounds, and has a glass composition based on oxide content, according to the patent.

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