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ANU researchers find way to make shatterproof mobile screen glasses

Charles Le Losq shatterproof glass

Smartphones have become part of our lives. In today’s life, one hour without our phone seems like something important is missing. And it hurts most when your lovely phone falls accidentally and its display glass gets shattered. Service centres reported that out of mobile repairing cases they register daily, more than 50 percent are of screen replacement.

However, your next smartphone might come with a shatterproof glasses. As scientists from Austrailian National University have found a way to design a shatterproof glass. This newly designed glass can be used as smartphone front and rear glass to make then unbreakable.

In the research, the team, led by Charles Le Losq from Australian National University (ANU), has found a lavish way to improve the resistance of the glass to fractures.

Commenting on the innovation, Le Losq said that it is the most frustrating part of people’s lives when their smartphone falls off and get cracked. To overcome this situation the team has discovered a way by which restructuring of the glass can make it fracture proof. If you look at glass initially you will find that it is appeared to be structured randomly, however, it was ordered at the microscopic level of a few atoms.

He further explained that they have worked on a specific type of glass that widely used by mobile screen manufacturers i.e alumino-silicate. Most of the mobile glasses analysed by the researchers were composed of aluminium and silicon oxides. These glasses contain several elements which influence the flexibility and resistance of the glass. The elements include sodium, potassium, calcium or magnesium.

The research builds on longstanding collaborations involving laboratories around the world, and scientists in the fields of chemistry, material science, physics and geochemistry.

After observing the viscosity of molten glass at more than 1,000 degrees Celsius and the density of the glass when cooled and formed, the study also concluded that the lava oceans and volcanoes played geological evolution of Earth also perform a major role.

“Our research findings allow better modelling of present volcanic activity, as well as of the lavas involved in the original formation of Earth and its surface,” Le Losq said.

He said the research could also inform ways to produce glass suitable for storing nuclear waste more effectively than current practices.

The study was first published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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