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Could MIT's new nano-glass solve our screen glare woes?

by Alistair Lowe on 30 April 2012, 09:42

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Despite the best efforts of display makers, glass panels still suffer from various extents of reflective glare, fogging and general water smudging. However, researchers at MIT look to turn the tables on such weaknesses with a new nano-coating that can be applied to any glass surface.

MIT Nano-Glass

The process itself, involves depositing thin layers of material onto the surface and then etching away some of that material, forming cone-like patterns, each 200nm wide at the base and 1μm tall. These cones then act to prevent glare, ensuring that incoming light it tunnelled into the glass as opposed to being bounced back. Their unique shape is also highly hydrophobic, causing water to quite literally bounce right off, taking dust with it in a self-cleaning action.

Good job MIT! Now let's get price of application down.

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I wonder how resistant this surface is to abrasion though. It seems to me that nano structures on the surface could get worn down pretty easily. Swiping the screen and putting a phone in your pocket means the surface is continually being rubbed.
NANO in the name= BIG profit
Also slightly misleading. This is more micro-metre scale tech.
As long as rain water or whatever liquid spill isn't projected into my eyes, it sounds good to me
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Not a physicist but… wouldn't a self-cleaning surface that ‘funnels’ the light into the surface (less reflected) also be good for the surface of solar panels? The wear and tear would be less of an issue than with a screen (re: touchscreen) application too