Corning shows off new antimicrobial Gorilla Glass [CES 2014]

Corning Gorilla Glass

Corning’s Gorilla Glass has become a standard among high end smartphones. The Gorilla Glass is known for its incredible strength, and that is why it has become so standard to see on high end smartphones. However, just because it has become something to expect, doesn’t mean that Corning is done integrating quite yet. The company announced today that there is a brand new invention, and it comes in the form of “Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass.”

The new glass introduced by Corning takes advantage of formulating the glass with ionic silver, which is an antimicrobial agent. This means that the glass resists bacteria, while still maintaining the strength properties that made Gorilla Glass famous. The company began working on antimicrobial glass due to the growing concern over just how clean our touch devices truly are. It is known that bacteria can thrive on touch screen surfaces, and Corning hopes to cut down on bacteria on those devices.

“Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device,” said the senior vice president and general manager James R. Steiner. According to the release by Corning, the new invention is being tested by many different manufacturers, and they are still looking into the best applications for the new prouct.

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Source: Corning

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