Discover The Secret To Making Unbreakable Composite Glass Screens
Cracked phone screens could become a thing of the past thanks to breakthrough research conducted at The University of Queensland. googletag.cmd.push(function() googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2'); ); The global team of researchers, led by UQ's Dr. Jingwei Hou, Professor Lianzhou Wang and Professor Vicki Chen, have unlocked the technology to produce next-generation composite glass for lighting LEDs and smartphone, television and computer screens.
Discover the secret to making unbreakable composite glass screens
Although the material will take time to go to market, this new type of glass shows great promise for the future. The shell-inspired glass and acrylic composite has many use cases to improve the durability of products. If mass-produced, this could finally end the days of broken cell phone screens for good!
The global team of researchers, led by UQ's Dr Jingwei Hou, Professor Lianzhou Wang and Professor Vicki Chen, have unlocked the technology to produce next-generation composite glass for lighting LEDs and smartphone, television and computer screens.
"Not only can we make these nanocrystals more robust but we can tune their opto-electronic properties with fantastic light emission efficiency and highly desirable white light LEDs. This discovery opens up a new generation of nanocrystal-glass composites for energy conversion and catalysis." stated Vicki Chen, Professor at the University of Queensland.
We're still at the very early stages here. It's going to be years before the technology is ready to make unbreakable phone screens, but the addition of glass does take the science several significant steps further forward.
Nacre, an iridescent material that lines some seashells, gains strength and toughness from its structure: brittle mineral chips glued into layers by squishy proteins. Now researchers have used the same principle to develop a superstrong glass composite that could one day make nearly unbreakable smartphone screens, windshields and other items that currently rely on various types of treated glass.
Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia claim to have invented the next generation of composite glass that they say could help make unbreakable smartphone screens in the future. While scientists have been working to create unbreakable glass for years, the technology has largely remained out of reach. Despite increased research in this area over the years, there's no solution yet that is implementable on a commercial scale, which means despite various display protection technologies, glass remains pretty much as fragile and brittle as it has always been.
Thanks to the fragility of traditional glass, smartphone screens are susceptible to breakage every time they're dropped, resulting in millions of dollars being spent every year on fixing cracked or shattered screens. While break-resistant screens are available, they are primarily made of plastic or similar materials, making them unsuitable for touchscreen devices. However, the latest research, carried out by Australian researchers in association with scientists worldwide, promises to change that by creating flexible glass that is both shatter-resistant and touch-friendly.
According to ABC News, the new composite material invented by the University of Queensland scientists could be used in a wide range of devices, including smartphones, televisions, computers and LED lights. Talking to ABC News, a chemical engineer and researcher Jingwei Hou said that the new material would help manufacture unbreakable phone screens and deliver crystal-clear image quality. According to him, the magic ingredient in the new unbreakable glass is 'perovskite,' which is a calcium titanium oxide crystal.
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