Liquid Glass

In 1951, the movie, “The Man In The White Suit” described the fictional invention of a fiber that never wore out and could repel dirt. The inventor was able to weave the fiber into cloth and made a magical suit from the fabric. Liquid glass is a thin layer of silicon dioxide that can be applied to almost anything, is breathable, and will repel water, dirt and many other contaminants. The “white suit” is very close to becoming a reality.

Liquid Glass is probably the world’s most versatile new technology ? – [nanopool.eu]

“SiO2- ultra thin layering” is the technical term for Liquid Glass. Apart from a select group of professionals, few people in the UK know about this stunning technology. If you walk around Ataturk’s Mausoleum in Ankara you are walking on it; if you visit certain hospitals in the UK you are touching it. If you see an unusually clean train you are probably looking at it, and if you wonder how your white settee looks so clean, you may be sitting on it. All of these surfaces have been coated with invisible glass.

Liquid glass: the spray-on scientific revelation – [telegraph.co.uk]

It is hoped that liquid glass, a compound of almost pure silicon dioxide, could soon replace a variety of cleaning products which are harmful to the environment, leaving our world coated in an invisible, wipe-clean sheen.

The spray forms a water-resistant layer, meaning it can be cleaned using only water. Trials by food-processing companies showed that sterile surfaces covered with a film of liquid glass were equally clean after a rinse with hot water as after their usual treatment with strong bleach.

Spray-on liquid glass is about to revolutionize almost everything – [physorg.com]

The liquid glass spray produces a water-resistant coating only around 100 nanometers (15-30 molecules) thick. On this nanoscale the glass is highly flexible and breathable. The coating is environmentally harmless and non-toxic, and easy to clean using only water or a simple wipe with a damp cloth. It repels bacteria, water and dirt, and resists heat, UV light and even acids. UK project manager with Nanopool, Neil McClelland, said soon almost every product you purchase will be coated with liquid glass.

Impressive Nano Layer of Liquid Glass Will Coat Every Surface in Your Life (video) – [singularityhub.com]

Unlike other nanotech coatings, Liquid Glass isn’t based on any new or complex nanoparticles. It is simply Si02 molecules extracted from quartz sand (silica). These molecules are then added to water or ethanol (depending on the eventual surface they will coat). While Nanopool won’t discuss anymore of the production process beyond those two facts, they do say that the molecules of glass are held together by quantum bonds, and don’t need extraneous nanoparticles to give them their unique properties. That’s good news for humans and the environment. Silica is inert and harmless (it’s even in some foods) and has no specific ecological impact (its the most abundant mineral on Earth’s surface).

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