Researchers Develop Anti-Fogging And Self-Cleaning Glass
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to make glass that is anti-fogging, self-cleaning and free of glare.
According to the researchers, this type of glass is almost unrecognizable as it eliminates reflections. Moreover, its surface causes water droplets to bounce right off, “like tiny rubber balls”.
To create this glass, the team utilized technology that deposits thin layers of material on the glass’ surface before selectively etching the material away, thus creating tiny cones on the glass.
The researches believe in the future, the glass will be used for various devices like smartphones, televisions, windows and solar panels.
For solar panels, the glass will work better as its self-cleaning property will prevent dust from accumulating.
In addition, because it is anti-glare, more light can be transferred rather than being reflected.
For touch-screen devices, the glass would also resist contamination by sweat.
The researchers say they drew their inspiration from nature, where textured surfaces ranging from lotus leaves to desert-beetle carapaces and moth eyes have developed in ways that often fulfill multiple purposes at once.