Although it sounds like something from a science fiction film, US manufacturer Corning Incorporated has, as posted on stargazette.com, released an anti-bacterial glass that kills bacteria and viruses that come into contact with it.
However anti-bacterial glass already exists. ‘One version, made by Belgium-based AGC Glass Europe, kills 99 percent of the bacteria that come in contact with it for at least five seconds, the manufacturer claims.
‘AGC’s product, which uses glass treated with silver to create its anti-bacterial properties, is aimed at customers in health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and dental practices.’ It’s also claimed to be promoted for use in sports arenas, high school cafaterias and restuarant kitchens.
It states that Corning Inc. has not ‘publicly described the technology that its anti-bacterial and anti-viral glass will utilise, but Corning chairman and president Wendell Weeks has talked enthusiastically about the potential of the new glass.’
With the expansion of health care facilities expected to occur and the increasing importance of a benchmark for hygiene standards and infection control, ‘the market for such a glass could grow for decades’.