A new research being conducted by the Australian National University is slated to make cracked phone screens no longer an issue for mobile phone owners across the country and the world.
The research being conducted by the ANU, led by Charles Le Losq, which is working on developing a revolutionary product for all glass companies like Economy Glass, and mobile phone owners and makers everywhere. According to Le Losq, the glass used for mobile phones and a lot of other everyday items – alumino-silicate, remained somewhat unknown despite its widespread use.
Dr. Le Losq stated that he and his team of researchers were working on improving alumino-silicate by adding additional elements like sodium and potassium to it, creating a new nano-structure reinforcement on the atomic level whenever the glass is set into their panel. The findings from the team’s research, according to Dr. Le Losq, would improve the glass, increasing its flexibility and resistance to damage, in addition to adding useful new properties.
Unexpectedly, according to Dr. Le Losq further work on the research and its data will require working with the phone manufacturing and/or glass companies, like Economy Glass. Dr. Le Losq estimates that, even with the team working with the data as is, it would still take around 5 to 10 years.
The research project began in 2010 whilst Dr. Le Losq was still working at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, and was completed when it, and the good doctor, moved to Canberra’s ANU. Data on the research says that the primary ongoing issue is the glass structure.
The research is based on prior work in chemistry, geochemistry, material science and physics on how to improve smartphone screens better; making them scratch and damage resistance.
According to Dr. Le Losq, the issue of scratch resistance has yet to be touched upon, but that the research would cover that in the future. He says that this is due to glass that scratch resistance without being brittle require a very fine balance, and would require notable focus to take on.
He says that this research works on the atomic level, which include working on adding particular atoms in the glass’s structure and how that would alter the glass’s properties.