AAPL Stock: 117.81 ( -0.22 )

Printed from

MIT shows off self-cleaning, hydrophobic, highly clear glass

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Fri April 27, 2012

MIT research shows glass that bounces water off

MIT researchers have worked out a way to make glass without all the drawbacks in the medium. The 34 page research paper explains a method for making self-cleaning, hydrophobic and extremely clear glass.

Kyoo-Chul Park, a mechanical engineering grad student at MIT, explained in the paper the idea behind multifunctional glass, saying "Microscopic studies of the textured surfaces commonly encountered on living organisms, e.g. lotus leaves, desert beetles, and moth eyes, have revealed complementary roles of material properties and texture on the surface functionalities that have been developed during adaptation to different environments"

The glass is hydrophobic to the point where water droplets roll or bounce off the surface instead of sticking to the panel, due to the surface texture being covered with air pockets, thereby minimizing the amount of contact between the glass and droplets. Self-cleaning capabilities make the glass suitable for smartphones and tablets, lowering the effects of smearing and moisture from the hands.

The glass is also extremely clear, in that it lets more light through instead of reflecting it away. Normal glass may reflect more than half the light, while the new glass would reduce this to a much lower level. Work elsewhere by Nippon Electric Glass has accomplished the same non-reflective effect by creating a film that, when applied to a pane, would allow 99.5 percent of light to pass through. [via MIT News]

by MacNN Staff



  1. samirsshah

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Now make it

    more durable like Gorrila

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented