- Researchers at Australia National University are working on glass used in smartphones to make the screens shatter-proof!
- Lead researcher, Charles Le Losq, says he and his team have been adding elements (such as sodium and potassium) to alumino-silicate to make the smartphone glass stronger.
- Dr Le Losq says the work could lead to a reduction in fractured screens but that we might not see anything on the market for another 5 to 10 years.
- As for scratches, Dr Le Losq notes the balance between very hard glass (to resist scratches) and very brittle glass (which would be susceptible to cracks), and that further research needs to be carried out.
- Dr Le Losq started the research in 2010 while at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, with completion at ANU.
- The team comprised 7 researchers from 6 universities in Australia, France, China and the UK.