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.