Corning Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass Aims to Eliminate Bacteria on Mobile Devices

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It was just two days ago when Corning announced that it was ready to manufacture 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass, but now the company is back with a new announcement: the Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass, which incorporates ionic silver (antibacterial agent) to address the growing concern of bacteria on the surface of mobile 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 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’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass will be showcased at CES 2014 as part of a new version of RoomWizard, a room scheduling device developed by SteelCase. However, as the company points out, numerous manufacturers are already testing the glass for various applications. Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass is ready for high-volume production.

The new material aims to keep touch surfaces clean of bacteria and microbes. Now, it remains to be seen whether or not it will make it to the iPhone, as Apple has already inked a deal with GT Advanced Technologies to develop sapphire glass and ready it for mass production at a recently bought facility located in Arizona.

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  • Al

    Dumb marketing hype. An example of how companies are so lost in their own little world that they actually think people are stupid enough to believe this will actually be beneficial.

  • Well, the sad thing is that this marketing hype will probably pay off for them. Most people probably will believe that this is actually beneficial.

    After all, this is the same population that buys into 120Hz televisions, higher megapixel camera sensors and ISP-provided email accounts.

  • hub2

    Touchless anti-bacterial soap dispensers for home washrooms. The paranoia is ridiculous.

  • Stefan

    I can only see benefits for hospitals, or some other industries that require clean work environment. I agree that for gen pop this product is absolutely unnecessary.

  • Al

    ummmm…. no benefit to hospitals at all. Where do you hold your phone? The sides. Are the sides covered in glass? No. Would this product be of benefit if the sides were covered in glass? Up until the point that you touch something else. Will a phone manufacturer ever cover the sides with glass? No.

  • Stefan

    I am not talking about the phone. I am talking about touch screen medical equipment.