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Spray-on liquid glass is about to revolutionize almost everything
PhysOrg ^ | 2/2/10 | Lin Edwards

Posted on 02/02/2010 7:40:24 PM PST by LibWhacker

(PhysOrg.com) -- Spray-on liquid glass is transparent, non-toxic, and can protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as water, UV radiation, dirt, heat, and bacterial infections. The coating is also flexible and breathable, which makes it suitable for use on an enormous array of products.

The liquid glass spray (technically termed “SiO2 ultra-thin layering”) consists of almost pure silicon dioxide (silica, the normal compound in glass) extracted from quartz sand. Water or ethanol is added, depending on the type of surface to be coated. There are no additives, and the nano-scale glass coating bonds to the surface because of the quantum forces involved. According to the manufacturers, liquid glass has a long-lasting antibacterial effect because microbes landing on the surface cannot divide or replicate easily.

Liquid glass was invented in Turkey and the patent is held by Nanopool, a family-owned German company. Research on the product was carried out at the Saarbrücken Institute for New Materials. Nanopool is already in negotiations in the UK with a number of companies and with the National Health Service, with a view to its widespread adoption.

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.

Food processing companies in Germany have already carried out trials of the spray, and found sterile surfaces that usually needed to be cleaned with strong bleach to keep them sterile needed only a hot water rinse if they were coated with liquid glass. The levels of sterility were higher for the glass-coated surfaces, and the surfaces remained sterile for months.

Other organizations, such as a train company and a hotel chain in the UK, and a hamburger chain in Germany, are also testing liquid glass for a wide range of uses. A year-long trial of the spray in a Lancashire hospital also produced “very promising” results for a range of applications including coatings for equipment, medical implants, catheters, sutures and bandages. The war graves association in the UK is investigating using the spray to treat stone monuments and grave stones, since trials have shown the coating protects against weathering and graffiti. Trials in Turkey are testing the product on monuments such as the Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara.

The liquid glass coating is breathable, which means it can be used on plants and seeds. Trials in vineyards have found spraying vines increases their resistance to fungal diseases, while other tests have shown sprayed seeds germinate and grow faster than untreated seeds, and coated wood is not attacked by termites. Other vineyard applications include coating corks with liquid glass to prevent “corking” and contamination of wine. The spray cannot be seen by the naked eye, which means it could also be used to treat clothing and other materials to make them stain-resistant. McClelland said you can “pour a bottle of wine over an expensive silk shirt and it will come right off”.

In the home, spray-on glass would eliminate the need for scrubbing and make most cleaning products obsolete. Since it is available in both water-based and alcohol-based solutions, it can be used in the oven, in bathrooms, tiles, sinks, and almost every other surface in the home, and one spray is said to last a year.

Liquid glass spray is perhaps the most important nanotechnology product to emerge to date. It will be available in DIY stores in Britain soon, with prices starting at around £5 ($8 US). Other outlets, such as many supermarkets, may be unwilling to stock the products because they make enormous profits from cleaning products that need to be replaced regularly, and liquid glass would make virtually all of them obsolete.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Science
KEYWORDS: glass; invention; liquid; nanotechnology; spray
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1 posted on 02/02/2010 7:40:26 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

If we spray it on the Constitution will it protect it from Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?


2 posted on 02/02/2010 7:42:13 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: LibWhacker

Glass itself is a liquid, so why call it liquid glass ? Just say spray on glass.


3 posted on 02/02/2010 7:42:56 PM PST by libh8er
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To: LibWhacker

Now that’s one excellent post and new development, LibWhacker. Thanks much. I’ll pass it on.


4 posted on 02/02/2010 7:42:57 PM PST by CaribouCrossing
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To: LibWhacker
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5 posted on 02/02/2010 7:45:14 PM PST by MtnMan101 (THE PROBLEM WITH SOCIALISUM IS THAT YOU EVENTUALLY RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY)
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To: LibWhacker

Were gonna end up sterilizing the whole planet and killing it.


6 posted on 02/02/2010 7:45:18 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: libh8er

That’s a myth:

http://dwb4.unl.edu/Chem/CHEM869A/CHEM869ALinks/www.ualberta.ca/~bderksen/florin.html


7 posted on 02/02/2010 7:45:22 PM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: LibWhacker

By the way, the comments section below the article are interesting as well.


8 posted on 02/02/2010 7:45:30 PM PST by CaribouCrossing
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To: LibWhacker

This sounds promising.

Gotta be a gazillion applications that would benefit from a surface coating like this.


9 posted on 02/02/2010 7:47:07 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: LibWhacker

no need for condoms anymore....just spray on some glass and you are squeeky clean!

Could I put it on golf balls to keep them like new?

Sounds like VIP


10 posted on 02/02/2010 7:48:11 PM PST by Michigan Bowhunter (Democrat socialist liberal scumbags.....how did we let this happen!)
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To: LibWhacker

Can’t find anything harmful about it? Oh, give them time!

I wonder if it works on hair? Water off a ducks back. ;)


11 posted on 02/02/2010 7:48:14 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: krb

Maybe, but I prefer the liquid version — because it raises eyebrows.


12 posted on 02/02/2010 7:49:17 PM PST by libh8er
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To: LibWhacker

It’s a FLOOR WAX!

No, it’s a DESSERT TOPPING!


13 posted on 02/02/2010 7:50:48 PM PST by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: krb
Not to be confused with Sir Philip Glass who is neither liquid nor solid (ok, mostly liquid)


14 posted on 02/02/2010 7:50:55 PM PST by libh8er
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To: krb

I’ve never considered glass a liquid. Unless it is introduced to high heat.


15 posted on 02/02/2010 7:51:47 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Michigan Bowhunter

Not spraying that on my weiner.
I wouldn’t want it on any part of my skin.


16 posted on 02/02/2010 7:55:33 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: LibWhacker
Sounds like silica gel ("water glass"), a staple of home "chemistry sets" of the fifties and sixties. All kinds of fun applications.
17 posted on 02/02/2010 7:55:56 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2111USMC

I agree. I doubt we can imagine all the possibilities


18 posted on 02/02/2010 7:56:49 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: LibWhacker

I thought silica was declared an environmental hazard. Hmmmm


19 posted on 02/02/2010 7:57:27 PM PST by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: LibWhacker

I wonder if this liquid glass will fill in gouges in windshiels caused by sand and gravel.


20 posted on 02/02/2010 7:59:12 PM PST by puppypusher
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To: LibWhacker; Alamo-Girl; airborne; Amityschild; AngieGal; AnimalLover; annieokie; aragorn; auggy; ...

ping

useful product if we can get it before the “festivities” begin.


21 posted on 02/02/2010 8:06:14 PM PST by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: LibWhacker

You clean it with di-hydrogen monoxide.


22 posted on 02/02/2010 8:06:59 PM PST by irishtenor (Beer. God's way of making sure the Irish don't take over the world.)
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To: LibWhacker

This sounds like the stuff they put on my wife’s new Honda.


23 posted on 02/02/2010 8:07:46 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: LibWhacker

OK. It’s spray-on, and it’s invisible. And it’s $8.00 a bottle.

Guarantee: You’ll never know (if) it’s there.


24 posted on 02/02/2010 8:08:51 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: libh8er
Glass itself is a liquid

Apparently this is not the accepted scientific view now. The idea that very old windows have flowed slightly has been debunked.

"The notion that glass flows to an appreciable extent over extended periods of time is not supported by empirical research or theoretical analysis" - Wikipedia

25 posted on 02/02/2010 8:09:45 PM PST by wideminded
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To: LibWhacker

GRRRREAT news and very interesting! Thanks for posting.


26 posted on 02/02/2010 8:10:10 PM PST by PGalt
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To: goseminoles

I had a Materials Scientist at LANL tell me that glass is technically a liquid, even at room temperature. But maybe it was the booze talking....


27 posted on 02/02/2010 8:10:26 PM PST by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: goseminoles

Ever see windows in an old building? Notice how the glass appears wavy, distorted? That’s because glass, a liquid, has been running and settling over the years in the window frame.


28 posted on 02/02/2010 8:13:34 PM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: conservativeharleyguy
I had a Materials Scientist at LANL tell me that glass is technically a liquid, even at room temperature. But maybe it was the booze talking....

Look pal, I won't be intimidated by you or your freakish talking beverages, so there!

29 posted on 02/02/2010 8:14:13 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others.)
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To: CaribouCrossing
By the way, the comments section below the article are interesting as well.

Very

30 posted on 02/02/2010 8:15:38 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: LibWhacker

My sailboats brightwork is due for varnish come spring. I sure would like to try something like this product instead. When’s it ready for market?


31 posted on 02/02/2010 8:21:17 PM PST by diverteach (D.C. has become Jonestown)
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To: PGalt

I’m wondering if ingestion studies have been done with animals yet, or studies of eye irritant potential.


32 posted on 02/02/2010 8:21:19 PM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: LibWhacker

Be careful what you wish for.

33 posted on 02/02/2010 8:24:46 PM PST by stormer
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To: Aria
So after consuming foods coated with nano-glass for several years, what do the nano-glass shards do to your gastrointestinal tract? Nano-lesions?

The fine, micro-filaments of asbestos were thought to be harmless until, after 20 years of inspiration, the victims developed mesothelioma. What human consumption trials have been performed long term? Maybe the manufacturers can contract with McDonald's or KFC for a twenty year test..

34 posted on 02/02/2010 8:27:44 PM PST by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: Safetgiver
Ever see windows in an old building? Notice how the glass appears wavy, distorted? That’s because glass, a liquid, has been running and settling over the years in the window frame.

are you sure it just not the process that they used to make the glass? I have never seen such a example in glass ware that is over 100-150 years old.

35 posted on 02/02/2010 8:28:30 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: zot

Ping.


36 posted on 02/02/2010 8:29:46 PM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Safetgiver

Urban legend!

This wavy glass was made before truly flat, float or rolled sheet glass became common. It was made from spun disks.


37 posted on 02/02/2010 8:34:46 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Interesting Times
Sounds like it has potential to be dangerous.
Keep away from children, flames, human and animal skin, eyes, all food items, etc., etc.
38 posted on 02/02/2010 8:41:49 PM PST by AGreatPer (Impeach Obama)
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To: LibWhacker

I want some!


39 posted on 02/02/2010 8:45:00 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: LibWhacker
Waiting for the envirowhacks to get wind of this. Some of the replies at the website has a familiar ring (asbestos, indeed).
But at least they won't proclaim it to be an invention of the devil the way some people did with electricity.
40 posted on 02/02/2010 8:46:21 PM PST by phredo53 (Caution: This post does not comply with White House standards.)
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To: LibWhacker

ping


41 posted on 02/02/2010 8:46:36 PM PST by freemike (John Adams-Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker)
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To: LibWhacker
With all the claims about this stuff, the pointer on my BS meter is starting to jump around rather wildly.
42 posted on 02/02/2010 8:46:59 PM PST by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: Quix

Thanks for the ping!


43 posted on 02/02/2010 8:49:53 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: puppypusher
I wonder if this liquid glass will fill in gouges in windshiels caused by sand and gravel.

Same website, right side of page. They have it for sale.

WINDSHIELD REPAIR

44 posted on 02/02/2010 8:50:57 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: libh8er

“Glass itself is a liquid”

True, but most people won’t believe it.


45 posted on 02/02/2010 8:51:17 PM PST by dalereed
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To: krb

Take a 60 year old piece of plate glass and measure it top and bottom and you will find that it has settled over the years with the bottom being thicker.


46 posted on 02/02/2010 8:53:17 PM PST by dalereed
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To: goseminoles
I attended an old school as a child that had glass windows that were wavy. It was in the midwest where it gets both hot and cold. Glass is a liquid.
47 posted on 02/02/2010 8:55:14 PM PST by Tucson Jim
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To: LibWhacker

Greeeeeat!

Something ELSE for the muslims to hate us for.


48 posted on 02/02/2010 8:55:21 PM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: GeronL

There was a show on “paint on” TV screens. I forget how, but electro-sensitive bits were added to a VERY thin film of plastic. The plastic was flexible and still showed the picture. They then spoke of imbedding it into paints and covering entire buildings, walls, etc. with it. So - add it to this spray on glass. (Or cover the building with the electro-paint and THEN cover with the glass).


49 posted on 02/02/2010 8:56:24 PM PST by 21twelve (Having the Democrats in control is like a never-ending game of Calvin ball. (Giotto))
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To: MHGinTN; Thommas; AGreatPer

Interesting questions BUMP!


50 posted on 02/02/2010 8:58:44 PM PST by PGalt
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