A New Threat to Gorilla Glass’ Dominance?

Author: Telecom Council

Shatterproof smartphone screens could soon be a reality and cause Gorilla Glass and sapphire’s control over the market to crack.

University of Akron's Polymer ScreenPolymer screens are more flexible and shatter-resistant than average indium tin oxide (ITO) screens, but have not been utilized before because they could not withstand the high temperatures used to make screens touch sensitive. Researchers at The University of Akron in Ohio have now developed a process that bonds microscopic copper nano wires to a thin sheet of polymer, which produces a tough, flexible display without interfering with touch sensitivity. This process bonds a web of wires so fine to the clear polymer sheet that it appears to be completely transparent.

The majority of phone screens today have a coating made from ITO. These coatings are brittle and expensive to manufacture. Gorilla Glass and sapphire are the leaders in this market, but even their screens are lacking in durability when it comes to the device being dropped. Yu Zhu, UA assistant professor of polymer science, stated that he expects this film to emerge on the market as a true ITO competitor, not only solving the problem of cracked smartphone screens once and for all, but also being more cost-efficient.

 

References include: Fox 8 NewsThe University of Akron Communications & Marketing, and Digital Trends

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