David Kirkpatrick

February 2, 2010

The latest miracle material — spray-on liquid glass

Sounds pretty amazing at first glance. Just read the lead graf below.

From the link:

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  (, 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  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,  and even acids. UK project manager with Nanopool, Neil McClelland, said soon almost every product you purchase will be coated with liquid glass.

4 Comments »

  1. Is this available in small (pints, quarts) quantities yet? If so, where and under what name?

    Comment by Bob Firebaugh — February 5, 2010 @ 8:03 am

  2. Product Recall for Nanopool product

    Study shows no nano in Magic Nano, the German product from Nanopool recalled for causing breathing problems

    ‘Magic Nano,’ the protective glass and bathroom sealant that was recalled in late March in Germany after causing severe breathing problems for some consumers, did not contain any nanoparticles. That¿s according to Rene Zimmer of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin.

    To access this article, go to:
    http://www.electroiq.com/articles/stm/2006/05/study-shows-no-nano-in-magic-nano-the-german-product-recalled-for-causing-breathing-problems.html

    Comment by barry wright — January 9, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

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