Following its announcement that it was ready to manufacture shaped glass components for devices, Corning today unveiled Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass. As the name implies, the new antimicrobial cover glass has been treated with ionic silver, an antibacterial agent, ionic silver, to keep the surface clean of bacteria and microbes. Unlike the many antibacterial wipes, foams, sprays, and films exist today, Corning’s solution is incorporated directly into the glass surface, making it a far more permanent solution.
“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 James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “This innovation combines best-in-class antimicrobial function without compromising Gorilla Glass properties. Our specialty glass provides an excellent substrate for engineering antimicrobial and other functional attributes to help expand the capabilities of our Corning Gorilla Glass and address the needs of new markets.”
Corning sees a range of uses for its Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass. Along with its use in electronic devices, it could also be used in “frequently touched interior architectural surfaces in the health care, hospitality, and transportation industries.”
Corning says that its Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass is now ready for high-level production. It is already being tested by a number of manufacturers so device announcements may follow in the not-too-distant future.
Source : Corning